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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Deborah Senn Takes It to the Stage

posted by on May 22 at 9:47 AM


I’m so excited about this I could poop:

In a year bursting with politics see the action from the inside! Come see the hilarious and poignant story of the successful effort of evil outside interests to capture and control Washington’s 2004 race for attorney general. Written and performed by former Insurance Commissioner and Democratic nominee for attorney general Deborah Senn. Not all ex-politicians are put out to pasture—come see it to believe it.

I’m not kidding about my excitement. I think all elected officials should be required to do one-person shows, and not just the ones who’ll probably be great at it, like Senn. (I’m looking at you, Cheryl Chow.)

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I've read this show, and it is excellent. Fascinating, funny and a bit heartbreaking. It made me ashamed how unconsciously influenced I am by negative political ads. Since reading her show a few years ago and talking to her about it, I have made conscious changes in how I absorb political campaigning. A show that actually changed me - rare!

I haven't seen Senn perform so I can't speak to that, but she is a cool person. I'm a fan.

Posted by Peggy G. | May 22, 2008 10:04 AM

I note with keen interest how she has edited the Horsey cartoon...leaving out the punch line entirely; which is that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in attempting to take her out, actually took out her opponent.

Posted by Timothy | May 22, 2008 10:07 AM

Wasn't Senn the one who made a big splash about fining Blue Cross for their arbitrary rate hike in the mid 90's, only to quietly reduce the fine to almost nothing and allow the rate hike to stand? I know I lost my coverage because of that move. Seems like there was also a matter of a donation from an insurance lobby group to her next campaign.


Posted by Sir Vic | May 22, 2008 10:18 AM

You should definitely see the show.

Posted by Peggy G. | May 22, 2008 10:22 AM

I spoke to Deborah Senn a few times when she was Insurance Commissioner, and I was always impressed at how forthright she was, especially when compared to other high-level elected officials (who tend to weigh every word coming out of their mouth like it could be going on their gravestone). Health insurance inequity always gets lots of lip service during legistlative sessions, but she struck me as someone who was truly passionate about making health insurance accessible and affordable to all. I'm excited to see this show.

Posted by Kalakalot | May 22, 2008 10:27 AM


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Posted by Cheryl Chow was my high school principal and she loved hot links. | May 22, 2008 10:28 AM

This post surprised me. I met Deborah Senn in 2000 when she was running (and losing) in the Senate primary against Maria Cantwell. She seemed like an intelligent woman, but had the personality of a potato. I could picture her as an Insurance Commissioner, but not as a Senator. So, my mind is blown that she's now doing a one-person stage show.

Posted by Mahtli69 | May 22, 2008 10:58 AM

@7: Whiny Deb is indeed a spud, but she also has the most annoying speaking voice in Washington politics. I'll go to this show only after they cast somebody else as Senn.

Posted by J.R. | May 22, 2008 11:44 AM

I swear to god I was going to post a comment about Cheryl Chow loving hot links--I don't see how it's off-topic here. If she were to do a one-woman show, surely she would discuss her tenure at GHS (a nightmare for us all) and her love of the intercom system there. It was her favorite way to communicate with the student store.

Posted by Meagan | May 22, 2008 11:54 AM

@8 - Liza Minelli?

Posted by Mahtli69 | May 22, 2008 11:55 AM

@3, no insurance group would ever give Deborah a campaign contribution. I'm genuinely excited about this show -- Deborah is actually a talented writer and performer.

Posted by ahava | May 22, 2008 12:09 PM

@8 and @10 ... Fran Drescher?

I keed, Deborah, I keed!

Posted by N in Seattle | May 22, 2008 12:10 PM

Hell is the choice of Deborah Senn's stage show or High School Musical.

For all eternity.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 22, 2008 3:03 PM

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