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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Advice to Gov. Gregoire: Own It

posted by on February 7 at 10:47 AM

Gov. Chris Gregoire was interviewed on KUOW this morning about her big climate change report—the substance behind the climate change bill she unveiled on the first day of the session.

(ECB has the report and seemed pretty impressed by it when she was reading through it yesterday. Although, also a little baffled)

However, Gregoire’s performance on the raido was classic … Gregoire. Not in a good way.

Asked point blank if her goal was to have a regional carbon reduction program like cap and trade in place in the next few years, she dodged and said, “Well, we have that in our minds… blah…blah….” We have that in our minds?

Not much of a commanding, definitive answer on a no-brainer like global warming. You’re on KUOW, Governor. John McCain is for a freaking cap and trade system.

Here’s what makes it worse. In reality, Gregoire is definitive about it.

While she ambiguously told radioland that a specific plan was “in our minds” … it’s actually in. her. bill. On page 2. With a specific date.

Her bill says:

the regional multisector market-based system will become effective by January 1, 2012, after authority is provided to the department for its implementation. By acting now, Washington businesses and citizens will have adequate time and opportunities to be well positioned to take advantage of the low-carbon economy and to make necessary investments in low-carbon technology.

Gregoire had an opportunity on the radio this morning to sound definitive and strong, but she chose to soft pedal what she’s actually doing in Olympia with a cryptic answer about her mind. Uggghh.

So, to answer Steve Scher’s question. Yes, the Governor’s bill—33 sponsors in the House, 25 in the Senate—says a system will be in place in 4 years.

I’m not sure why she wouldn’t tell you that.

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She seems to compulsively obfuscate her actions/positions

Posted by vooodooo84 | February 7, 2008 10:47 AM

God, she drives me crazy. How did we elect this person? Has she ever taken a stand or position on anything, ever? Is there ever a hope of getting another D to run against her? Bleh.

Posted by Levislade | February 7, 2008 10:56 AM

too much the attorney vs. too little the strong political leader

fear of the public podium vs. the back room

stupid vs. smart

Posted by GUEST FAG | February 7, 2008 10:58 AM

Could it just possibly be that she is a moron. A legitimate "intelligence level of George Bush" Democrat?

I've always believed that she was a paper leader. She barely won (supposedly) the election, she never takes a firm position on anything, you rarely hear her speak other than pre-scripted short sound bites, and she generally "weasles" out of everything.

Has anyone else noticed this pattern?

Gregoire is a disgrace to the state of Washington, sorry to say...

I really hate saying this, but I hope Dino beats her the next time around, if she even is the candidate for the Dems.

Anyone could do the "job" that she is doing at the moment. She hasn't really done anything since getting into office.

Reality Check

Posted by Reality Check | February 7, 2008 10:59 AM

Imagine if we could get Ron Sims to run against her, oh wait we did, fucking stupid voters

Posted by vooodooo84 | February 7, 2008 11:01 AM

Uh, if Ron Sims had been the candidate Rossi would be governor now, not Sims. Any guesses what Rossi's global-warming plan would look like?

Posted by Fnarf | February 7, 2008 11:14 AM

Hearing equivocators and triangulators like Gregoire dance around Kyoto-style cap and trade makes the following fearless argument on cap and trade from one Barack Obama all the more refreshing:
The Pigou Club watches the debates

"I do disagree with one thing, though, that Bill [Richardson] said, and that is that on a carbon tax the cost will be passed onto consumers and that won't happen with a cap-and-trade. Under a cap-and-trade there will be a cost. Plants are going to have to retrofit their equipment, and that's going to cost money, and they will pass it onto consumers. We have an obligation to use some of the money that we generate to shield low-income and fixed-income individuals from high electricity prices, but we're also going to have to ask the American people to change how they use energy."

Posted by cressona | February 7, 2008 11:17 AM

I heard her on KUOW this morning, and I can see why Eli thinks she's going to endorse Hillary.

The resemblance is eerie.

Posted by Andy Niable | February 7, 2008 11:18 AM

because she is a useless sack of poo...

Posted by michael strangeways | February 7, 2008 11:19 AM

It's interesting how her message changes with different audiences...

Priorities for a Healthy Washington lobby day (environment stuff, not health care stuff despite the confusing name) a couple weeks ago. She was speaking to the choir on environmental issues and spoke much more strongly about the cap and trade bill, talked about leading a coalition of Western states in carbon reduction, took some shots at Bush and the federal government's inaction etc.

Posted by Laurel Fan | February 7, 2008 11:32 AM

Did she really say "blah blah"? It was in quotes. It would be sweet if she had. And just as enlightening.

Posted by heywhatsit | February 7, 2008 11:33 AM

People don't respect wishy-washy.


And when she does this, she disses us in Seattle, who have had enough with wishy-washy on global warming. Period.

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 7, 2008 1:59 PM

Gregoire is a good administrator. She's not a very good politician, and she's not an inspirational leader. So the fit with Clinton (who's not inspirational and is more competent than charismatic, though she's a savvier politician) is obvious.

Posted by Cascadian | February 7, 2008 4:16 PM

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