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Friday, February 1, 2013

Rob McKenna Is the Quisp of Washington Politics (Except for the Fact that Quisp Won)

Posted by on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Republican gubernatorial loser Rob McKenna continues his Blame Seattle Tour:

“We have a lot of folks in the City of Seattle who feel very deeply that they want to vote for a left of center candidates and they just will not for vote a Republicans,” he said. “I don’t think it’s based on the positions of the state party. I think it’s based on a hardening of positions of people in Seattle relative to their views of the Republican Party over the last several years.”

Yeah, we Seattleites won't vote for Republicans just because! And, we don't like the letter "R". Fuck the letter "R"!!! But our reluctance to vote for Republicans has absolutely nothing to do with the positions articulated by the party and its candidates. It's a branding thing. Like Quake vs. Quisp. (I was never a big fan of Quake, but Quisp was such a douchebag.)

I mean, take for example McKenna's opposition to R-74...

I don’t think that would have affected the outcome,” he said. “I’m the only Republican who ran who didn’t endorse Referendum 74, and they all lost except for Kim [Wyman, Secretary of State], who barely won. So evidently she was not rewarded for her open support of Referendum 74.”

That's right, Wyman endorsed R-74, and she was not rewarded at all. Except, you know, by winning. So McKenna's opposition to gay marriage had absolutely nothing to do with his loss.

What a douchebag.


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cressona 1
“I don’t think it’s based on the positions of the state party."

Wow, that takes a lot of nerve. Another example...

For years Rob McKenna has been at the vanguard of Washington state Republican opposition to Sound Transit, an agency whose mission has consistently had overwhelming support in the city of Seattle. If it were up to McKenna and his cohorts we would have no light rail now. Well, when you really get down to it, if it were up to McKenna and crowd, Seattle would by now be a bedroom community for the Eastside metropolitan center.
Posted by cressona on February 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
Republicans are the party of white, rural voters who hate everybody except their racist, bigoted, selfish selves. Oh, and rich pricks. They are the party of anti-science and anti-reason. They are the party of endless wars. And, if that's not enough "because", they are the party of gun manufacturers who flood our streets, schools and homes with death.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM · Report this
roddy 3
When was Wyman's support "open"? If memory serves she made all kinds of noise about how she wouldn't take a stand on "Social" issues. That said, people knew. So they gave her the benefit of the doubt that they couldn't give McKenna.
Posted by roddy on February 1, 2013 at 9:40 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 4
He's right. My opinion of Republicans has hardened to the point that I wouldn't piss on them if they were on fire. Let alone vote for them or their reality-denying policies.

Even though Quisp was delicious.
Posted by Max Solomon on February 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM · Report this
@2 i like the cut of your jib. preach!
Posted by Adrian Ryan on February 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM · Report this
I'm delighted that they still don't understand why they keep losing. Keep up the good work, guys. Focus on your branding.
Posted by Mike in Olympia on February 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM · Report this
The City is an outmoded political boundary.

For example, look at the neighborhoods at the edge of Seattle. They clearly are low density, maybe some townhouse apartments and car oriented.

Yet they are being soaked and oppressed by a bunch of power mad urbanists in the Downtown Syndicate who dont serve their needs.

I'd say at least 1/3 of what is controlled by Seattle would be better off as their own smaller towns.

At this point they will find their way to the Progressive Republican Agenda.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 8
Since most states in the USA experience some kind of divide, politicians usually exploit that divide for their own gain. In McKenna's case, it's Seattle Envy, bringing a New York twist to the usual Eastern WA vs Western WA dynamic.

Like Rossi after 2004, it appears McKenna's not ready to go gently into that good night. Expect him to either run for governor again, or for the US Senate the next time one of those seats are up.
Posted by Matt from Denver on February 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM · Report this
fletc3her 9
Since the letter "r" is so stupid I decree that we shall now be known as "Democats".
Posted by fletc3her on February 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM · Report this
originalcinner 10
The letter R is stupid, but I'm still not voting for Wob McKenna.

What *is* his problem that he can't stop whining that he lost? Even Womney realized it wasn't doing any good.
Posted by originalcinner on February 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM · Report this
This argument was settled long, long ago...

Quisp was far superior to Quake in so many ways: first, he was a freaking alien, while Quake was just a burly Dudley Do-Right wannabe in a miner's helmet. Second, the bowl-shape of Quisp did a much better job of holding milk, than Quake's "Q"'s, giving you a nice milk-to-cereal mix in your mouth.
Posted by COMTE on February 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM · Report this
here is the deal rob. say what you want about seattle, but it does have one of the highest rates of residents with a college degree. people who know how to read about stuff, and who are equipped (a little) to compare and question weird political shit, usually question the gop (R) and soon vote for the other party because they are better off. the republicans are proven anti-american scumbags, whereas, the democrats (overall) have only been that way since bill clinton, they still have some catching up to do in the overall corporate satan evil department there. they are making concrete strides however, with the vital help of others, like bill clinton still. he's a gamer that one.
Posted by tim koch on February 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM · Report this
Oh my god Quisp was the best. Why I don't have diabetes is beyond me.
Posted by gloomy gus on February 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM · Report this
Josh Bis 15
wouldn't it be kind of wonderful to just completely stop giving any attention to the losers for at least a few months after an inauguration?
Posted by Josh Bis on February 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM · Report this
i better real quick do a dx5. goldy is still on top of everything i see. look out behind you, its tim eyman.
Posted by tim koch on February 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM · Report this
"Wouaaa wouaaa wu wu wouaaaaaaaaaa! Seattle wouldn't vote for me and I lost. Wouaaa wouaaa wu wu wouaaaaaaaaaa!" Why anyone would listen to that weasel blabber on is beyond me.
Posted by schism on February 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 18
You know, 20 years ago I might have been occasionally talked into voting for a moderate republican, at least if he were running against a notably incompetent democrat. And Rob McKenna used to at least pretend to hold moderate views. But the Republican brand has slowly been jettisoning all of its moderates, and sliding farther and farther to the fringe right wing. And McKenna right along with the rest of his crazy party.

Fuck them.

The moderate McKenna of 20 years ago might have supported R-74, and I might have considered voting for that moderate McKenna (depending on who he ran against). But his opposition to R-74 had everything to do with why I wouldn't even consider voting for him now.

No amount of rebranding can conceal the fact that the Republican party has become wholly racist, homophobic, and tools of the religious right and corporate profiteers.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on February 1, 2013 at 11:28 AM · Report this
originalcinner 19
@18 *applause*
Posted by originalcinner on February 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM · Report this
pg13 21
Everyone knows that you can still buy Quisp online, right?… just one source.

Quisp was, as described earlier, simply better than Quake. If there's a delicious lesson there for Rob McKenna, I'm not sure.
Posted by pg13 on February 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Rob McKenna said: "“I don’t think it’s based on the positions of the state party. I think it’s based on a hardening of positions of people in Seattle relative to their views of the Republican Party over the last several years.”

Really? Does he have any data to support that claim or is it just pure conjecture? Is the statement reality-based or myth-based?

The biggest problem with the Republican party - at every level - is that it has chosen to be myth-based instead of reality-based. There is also the pattern of Republicans, when elected, who strike political poses instead of governing.

As P.J. O'Rourke said: "The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it."
Posted by Charlie Mas on February 1, 2013 at 1:08 PM · Report this
It didn't get much attention during the election, but McKenna also has ties to the radical anti-Indian movement:…
Posted by chucktan on February 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM · Report this
I did not get much attention during the election, but McKenna also has ties to the organized anti-Indian movement. Take a look at this article:…
Posted by chucktan on February 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 25
Just out of curiosity, can anyone think of ANY position of Inslee's that's significantly "left of center?" Compared to the population as a whole, not some Tea-bagger-skewed fringe.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on February 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM · Report this
You know @7, ruler of the universe, the day is going to come where you are going to have to make a choice. Here's your choice:

Either become more crazy or dump the crazies. The choice is yours. In some ways liberals have drawn a line in the sand and it is centrism and acceptance. Also, we have told wingers like you to fuck off or figure it out. You live in a community, scro. Nothing's gonna change that barring you and yours becoming even more crazy. You and your brethren wingers are idiots. Everything comes at a price. With the right wing it is literally either be human or kill other humans and everything else in your way. That's how crazy you gotta get in order to control this particular kid's mind. You'll need to kill me in order to accept the right wing's hatred and abject stupidity about everything.
Posted by ortolan on February 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM · Report this
Wyman did not endorse R-74.
Posted by MisterAdeline on February 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM · Report this
Thanks, @24. One more reason not to like McKenna.
Posted by StuckInUtah on February 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM · Report this
litlnemo 29
"Rob McKenna was a miserable bastard and he knew it because he'd had a lot of people point it out to him over the years and he saw no reason to disagree with them except the obvious one which was that he liked disagreeing with people, particularly people he disliked, which included, at the last count, everybody."

-- Douglas Adams, "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish"
Posted by litlnemo on February 2, 2013 at 4:24 AM · Report this
watchout5 30
I appreciate our thank you card, rest assured if any asshole like him gets the bright idea to run in this state again Seattle will be ready and willing to kick their ass the fuck out. Cry more go make that money doing speaking tours, separating all those conservatives from their hard earned money, capitalism is great.
Posted by watchout5 on February 3, 2013 at 5:07 PM · Report this

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