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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Top-Two Primary

posted by on March 27 at 15:21 PM

Yesterday I posted this, arguing that the new top-two primary could make life difficult for U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-7), particularly now that he’s looking a little silly.

I should add to the list of now-uncomfortable, formerly invulnerable Democrats, KC Executive Ron Sims whose “maverick” views on light rail among other recent flights may set him up as a target too.

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If he ain't for light rail on the 520 bridge, and he's backing Sen Clinton as a superdelegate, I sure expect to see another Dem file to run against him in our Top-Two Primary this August.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 27, 2008 3:29 PM

Just keep going on down the line, Josh. Sooner or later you're bound to find at least one.

Posted by ivan | March 27, 2008 3:36 PM

Lightrail on 520 is RETARDED until we get it up and running on I-90.

Would someone please put a ball-gag in Mike O'Brien and Will's mouth? Puhleeze?

Posted by Willis | March 27, 2008 3:43 PM

Because no one on the eastside wants to go to UW, right?

There's no way we should be building a new 520 bridge without putting rail on it.

Posted by 520 Retard? | March 27, 2008 3:45 PM

Time for Ron to go. Lets get some leadership in there.

Posted by Clint | March 27, 2008 3:48 PM

Dream on, Josh.

Posted by Mr. X | March 27, 2008 3:55 PM

Will, you're missing the point. Ron has nothing to fear from a Sierra Club candidate (does anyone else really want light rail on 520?) trying to set up on his left. The big threat to Ron is a suburban Democrat who can run to his right and pick up Republican voters, suburban Ds, and independents.

Posted by J.R. | March 27, 2008 3:56 PM

After his bizarre response to the animal shelter report, it seems like it's time for him to go.

Posted by keshmeshi | March 27, 2008 3:56 PM

@4 Um, let's think about this - could they possibly take the train across 90 and up to UW? Trip will still be faster than the bus.

Posted by Willis | March 27, 2008 3:57 PM

@7 - who said it was a Sierra Club candidate? I'm just saying that the openness of the Top-Two Primary makes it almost certain someone will consider running against him ... especially if he stays in his Clinton supporting camp.

Electoral politics is about people - what they want, how much support they can get, and what is possible - if somebody in the entire King County wants to run but to date has not been willing to go up against an incumbent, this gives them a way around it, because they can run to get the other Top Two spot.

And when the elected incumbent is out of sync with the desires of his electoral area, it's far more likely they'll run.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 27, 2008 4:05 PM

If you really want to break a politician, Josh, why don't you go after Pat Davis (like everyone else)?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 27, 2008 4:24 PM

I'm still figuring out how speaking out against the Iraq invasion when it might have done some good is supposed to be embarrassing for McDermott, regardless of whose dime the trip was made on. And what's with the "Baghdad Jim" crap? What are you, Dennis Miller?

Whatever you may think of his other policy stands, McDermott was right about that particular issue. At a time when many others in the Congress probably realized the case being made for war was bullshit but were too gutless to say so (paging Senator Clinton!) for fear of being called unpatriotic, McDermott provided one of the only audible dissenting voices. By continuing to slam McDermott for this you're proving the weasels and triangulators right -- better to play along with a trumped-up war and cry crocodile tears about the disaster when it's too late to do anything about it than to stand up for principle when it mattered and be forever labeled a collaborator.

Posted by flamingbanjo | March 27, 2008 4:42 PM

I bow to the wisdom of Napolean @11.

Now THAT would be a great one!

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 27, 2008 5:28 PM

I thought Sims wasn't up until next year.

Hasn't Bob Ferguson talked in the past about challenging him? I wouldn't be surprised if he did this time - the top two system makes it more interesting. Of course, if an R could get 34% of the vote, they make it in. Conversely, you could have R's who cross over to vote for someone like Ferguson, if they figure the R wouldn't stand a chance. That would kind of change in strategy makes it all the more intriguing.

Posted by Ebenezer | March 27, 2008 7:43 PM

Pat Davis is old era - political toast

The Port can't go back, and all the wheeling and dealing insider crap, on the public payroll, is over.

Pat, exit left stage and don't fall off the stairs.

Posted by Adam | March 27, 2008 9:07 PM

who is Ferguson?

Ron Simms in the best, Ferguson would be a fool to challenge him. Fool for sure and would destroy his future and waste his money.

Posted by Pierre | March 28, 2008 4:07 AM

@16 - well, in such a matchup, I'd sure be voting for and endorsing Ron, but he could still do it.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 28, 2008 12:02 PM

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