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Friday, January 25, 2013

Wob McKenna: Angwy About the Theattle Pwoblem

Posted by on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Joel Connelly reports:

Two legislative districts, entirely in Seattle, provided the victory margin that elected Gov. Jay Inslee and extended Democrats’ 28-year occupancy of the Washington governor’s office, according to Republican nominee and former Attorney General Rob McKenna.

In figures crunched by McKenna and his campaign chief Randy Pepple, the 36th and 434d Districts, covering much of northwest and central Seattle, gave Inslee a combined margin of 97,600 votes as he won statewide by 94,000 vote. Seattle had a bigger voter turnout than Republican-leaning parts of the state.

“It’s really not a King County problem, it’s a Seattle problem . . . his wide margin in those two districts,” McKenna said in an interview. Overall, the Attorney General received just 21 percent of the vote in Washington’s largest city.

Whhhhhaaaaaa. It's a "Seattle problem" that we support gay marriage, we want to legalize marijuana, we support health care reform, and we don't buy into the farcical parade that GOP hack Rob McKenna supports the rights of women. It's not McKenna's fault he takes unpopular, outdated positions, just like it's not the GOP's fault that it lost the presidential election.


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dirac 40
@26 I don't know, some Seattle voters had to contribute to the defeat of income taxes (1098) and Eyman initiatives passing.

I can see why one wouldn't support "sin taxes" as regressive but giving Eyman a vote and keeping us out of collecting income from top earners doesn't seem so smart from a fiscal position.

I liked McKenna a lot more (but not that much) before he joined that stupid Obamacare lawsuit. Fuck him for that waste of taxpayer resources all to shore up his TeaPub cred.

Posted by dirac on January 28, 2013 at 4:02 PM · Report this
Now, if we could only get rid of Doug Ericson, Benedict Rodney Tom Arnold, Jason Overstreet, Vincent Buys, and Tim Eyman....
Posted by auntie grizelda on January 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM · Report this
@29--I've lived here all my life and love it. Piss off.
Posted by clashfan on January 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM · Report this
@24: "Makes you wonder how a Social Progressive / Fiscal Conservative Republican would do. A guy who is for both abortion and guns. And who likes to cut costs but feed poor kids."

I think one would have to exist first. "Compassionate conservatives" are not socially progressive.
Posted by though, one could suggest Obama for that on January 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM · Report this
heavyhebrew 36
Rob Mckenna, just another whiny bitch in a fancy suit.
Posted by heavyhebrew on January 26, 2013 at 3:34 PM · Report this
THANK YOU, Seattle, for helping put Governor Jay Inslee over the top to defeat
Angwy Wob McKenna! Take THAT, angwy wed counties----huh huh huh huh huh HUH!
Posted by auntie grizelda on January 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM · Report this
@8: That is because a lot of Republicans breed uneducated, doomsday-fearing sheeple.
Posted by auntie grizelda on January 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM · Report this
@15. Damn-you beat me to it.
Posted by Clayton on January 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 32
@24 Statewide, not as well as a Jon Tester clone D would do, I'll bet. Both parties could play the pro abortion AND guns game.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on January 25, 2013 at 3:23 PM · Report this
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on January 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM · Report this
eclexia 30
See Josh Marshal yesterday for the larger narrative. The Republican plan is to simply take voting power away from the cities, through redistricting and changes to the Electoral votes. See Virginia this week.

So yeah, this is about to be a Seattle problem. Because the Republicans control your legislature. They can take away your voting power.
Posted by eclexia on January 25, 2013 at 3:19 PM · Report this
michaelp 29
@22 - Portland sucks.
Posted by michaelp on January 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM · Report this
thatsnotright 28
Sounds as if gerrymandering Seattle will be on the Republican agenda for the next few years.
Posted by thatsnotright on January 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM · Report this
Wandergeist 27
@24 -- I've been saying this since before Clinton was elected. The problem, as my more astute political friends pointed out, is that such a candidate -- whether running as a "conservative" dem or a "progressive" Repub -- would never survive the primary, where that kind of ideological blurring is not just discouraged, but downright suicidal.
Posted by Wandergeist on January 25, 2013 at 2:57 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 26
@24 terrible. Seattle votes, at least with this stuff, are not stupid. Fiscal conservatism doesn't work. Go look how that EU austerity worked out.

Spoiler: terribly.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on January 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM · Report this
schmacky 25
It's not a Seattle "problem," it's a Seattle benefit! In other words...that's not a bug; it's a feature.
Posted by schmacky on January 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 24

Makes you wonder how a Social Progressive / Fiscal Conservative Republican would do. A guy who is for both abortion and guns. And who likes to cut costs but feed poor kids.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on January 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 23
Seattle pays the bills so we pick the King or Queen. SUCK IT RED COUNTIES!!!
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on January 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM · Report this
Cascadian 22
The problem with giving Eastern Washington to Idaho is that 40% of the population is Democrats who don't deserve to be abandoned to the madness of Greater Idaho.

If we're going to split things differently on sensible geographic lines, all the counties ringing Puget Sound or in the Olympic Peninsula should be annexed to British Columbia, and all the counties that are part of the Columbia River watershed (along with the small portion of BC that holds the Columbia) should be a single state, including most of Oregon, all of Idaho, and Western Montana. But politically, that screws the nice people in Portland.
Posted by Cascadian on January 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM · Report this
very bad homo 21
Thank you, Seattle, for defeating this crybaby loser.
Posted by very bad homo on January 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM · Report this
Just give every county east of the Cascades to Idaho and those folks can have the red state they've always dreamed of.
Posted by unpaid reader on January 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
I mean, it's absolutely fair to say that Rob McKenna, or Washington Republicans in general have "a Seattle problem." In order to deal with this problem effectively, one of three things is going to have to occur:

1) Seattle voters will have to change
2) Rob McKenna will have to change
3) A significant proportion of Seattle voters will have to be disenfranchised

#1 isn't going to happen in the next decade or two. Guess which option McKenna is eyeballing.
Posted by Ruke on January 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM · Report this
Hernandez 18
Seattle is simply more important than the rest of the state. We have more people, we generate more revenue, we are the economic and cultural engine that drives the entire state, no two ways about it. The sooner people accept this admittedly harsh truth, the better.
Posted by Hernandez on January 25, 2013 at 1:47 PM · Report this
kk in seattle 17
36th! Woot!
Posted by kk in seattle on January 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM · Report this
@12: Are there even 97,000 people total east of the Cascades?

(I kid, I kid, but seriously...)
Posted by MLM on January 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM · Report this
I bet Rodney Tom and his pals of the Gerrymandering Old Party are busy right now, moving Seattle to Oregon. Hah, that'll fix the pesky "too many libruls in a blue state" problem.
Posted by originalcinner on January 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 14
Crappy lawyer AND a crappy whiner loser. I love Seattle!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 13
We in Seattle pay the taxes.

Whiny Red District whiners spend them like fish.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM · Report this
I'll bet Inslee got at least a total of 97,000 votes east of the Cascades, clearly making this an Eastern WA problem.
Posted by SuperSteve on January 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM · Report this
Blah. That's a lot of nonsense. It makes sense as analysis only if you see your own constituency as the real voters and everybody else as a special interest group. I won't claim liberals or democrats are immune to this fallacy but GOP types seem particularly prone to it.

This is the same thing as when Republican go on and on about how the Democrats wouldn't stand a chance if it weren't for the "black vote".

Does it not occur to them that they wouldn't have a chance if it weren't for the (insert GOP consituency here) vote? Shouldn't Rob McKenna be relieved because if it weren't for Garfield County, he'd have been skunked even worse?
Posted by Alden on January 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM · Report this
merry 10
This thread is full of win.....

.... unlike McKenna ....
Posted by merry on January 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 9
McKenna; Eastern Washington: "Seattle is terrible; Seattle is bad."

Seattle: "If we didn't exist to make it rain our glorious tax money on your heads, you would all be living like hill tribes, begging for Federal money to even have schools, let alone most of the basic services we underwrite. Should we stop bankrolling you now?"
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on January 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 8
A lot of Republicans seems to be under the impression that we vote by the acre instead of by the person.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on January 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 7
79% of seattle voters don't want a republican as governor.

the only problem is that it's not 100%.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM · Report this
sperifera 6
Rob McKenna is a shitty whiner.
Posted by sperifera on January 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM · Report this
I'll never understand a politician saying "I lost because too many people voted for someone else."

Y... yes? You... have an accurate understanding of how democracy operates?

"I lost because too many people disagree with me."
"I lost because not enough people voted for me."
"The other guy won because he was more popular with voters."

No matter how you phrase it, it's still a tautology.
Posted by Ben on January 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM · Report this
How unfair that a gubernatorial candidate can't win in our state without getting a majority of state residents to vote for them.
Posted by chrisgreen on January 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM · Report this
seatackled 3
I think McKenna lost because of a McKenna problem.
Posted by seatackled on January 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM · Report this
leek 2
Yay! I live in the 36th and it delights me that we are the reason McKenna lost. WOOHOO!
Posted by leek on January 25, 2013 at 1:13 PM · Report this
fletc3her 1
They did try their best to link McKenna to gay marriage and legalized marijuana with those outlandish posters that went up all over Capitol Hill, but I don't think most people bought it.

I first became aware of Jay Inslee at the pride parade in 2011. Throughout 2012 he was at progressive events all over the region. I feel like Inslee went out of his way to be at events for issues I cared about. McKenna didn't.
Posted by fletc3her on January 25, 2013 at 1:13 PM · Report this

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