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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The New McCain Headquarters Here in Washington, and Some New Electoral Math

posted by on July 15 at 15:45 PM

I went. I saw. I took pictures.

On the outside, this state’s brand new John McCain outpost looks very much like a low-slung Bellevue office park:


Which it is. And on the inside, it looks very much like the campaign office for eastside Republican Congressman Dave Reichert:


Which it also is. (The space is being shared by the Reichert and McCain campaigns.)

A white board reminds that McCain is opening up shop in Washington State with only a relatively short time left before the election:


Barack Obama, by contrast, has been here since the beginning of the year. He had a contested Democratic caucus to deal with here in February, of course, while McCain basically had the nomination sewn up by that time, but still, the Obama campaign’s earlier arrival can only be an advantage.

Here’s Rick Gorka, the Western Region Communications Director for the McCain campaign.


He covers Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii as part of a McCain strategy that has the country divided up into regions, with regional directors being given a certain amount of autonomy from the mothership. (But not too much autonomy now that there’s a new McCain campaign manager in town.)

I asked Gorka what he thinks of McCain’s chances in Washington State.

I think McCain’s chances in Washington State are excellent. He has an independent record, works on bipartisan solutions, puts those types of solutions and solving America’s problems before party politics, and I think that resonates well with Washingtonians.

Really? Do you know of any polls that show McCain leading in this state?

Not that I know of. It’s obviously very early in the race… But I really think that when we get the message out, that Senator McCain’s history, and his past, and his experience, and leadership on these issues are really going to carry the day here.

So you really think Washington will be a red state come November?

I really hope so. We’re going to work very hard. We have a great team in place. There’s a lot of energy and a lot of volunteers that want to get involved.

Michelle Obama is going to be in Seattle on Thursday. When’s the next time McCain is going to be here?

That I don’t know… I just don’t want get anybody’s hopes up, but we’re going to compete very heavily here in Washington State.

So what’s the next step?

We’re going to be opening offices state-wide… We’re going to have seven I believe. We’re even opening an office in Tacoma. The last time there was an office [for a Republican Presidential candidate] in Tacoma, Washington was a red state. The next step is a lot of phone banking, voter registration, voter ID, door-to-door—you know, things that the Republican Party does really well.

Looking at the electoral math, does McCain even need Washington State to win the election?

I think when we win Washington, it creates an incredible amount of problems for Senator Obama. He can’t afford to lose any states like Washington or Oregon, where we expect to compete very well.


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I totally used to work in that building!

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | July 15, 2008 3:50 PM

What is the Cedar River Watershed Educational Center, other than a city-owned facility that should not be rented out to, or whose likeness should not be used by, John McCain?

Posted by Trevor | July 15, 2008 3:59 PM

the McCain regional approach is silly. Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii ? Like we have common issues? Like this isn't about the national economy and national security, mainly?

The local offices need to do get out the vote. Not much regionalism there as each voter file and voter reg and everythign is state by state.

On the plus side: The McCain headquarters for the regional top dawg for California is located here in lil' ol' Warshington?

Posted by PC | July 15, 2008 4:06 PM

Today's Wall Street Journal (print edition, online costs money, find your own links) had coverage of how badly (page A2) the national campaign is going for the Reds, and how they're even losing Idaho unless something breaks their way (later on in the paper).

Any chance we can get some viral vid of Comrade McSame and Reichert holding hands with King George?

Or at least a still pic?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 15, 2008 4:09 PM

(aside to Trevor)

you should report that to the State PDC

Posted by Will in oh yeah i hit enter too fast Seattle | July 15, 2008 4:11 PM

@5 haven't i told you? snitches get stiches. watch it buster.

@3 how you got that Bellevue is the regional headquarters is beyond me. you just made that up, didn't you?

Posted by chet | July 15, 2008 4:28 PM

Wow. They're all white. Shocker.

Posted by White Guilt | July 15, 2008 5:03 PM

That room looks deader than Jesse Helms' ball sack.

Posted by DOUG. | July 15, 2008 5:07 PM

one wonders whether the next Ted Bundy (a WA republican party functionary)is busy at work there:

(an interesting sidenote: while on death row, Bundy contacted Reichert to try to help him profile the green river killer)

Posted by brett | July 15, 2008 5:11 PM

Oh weird! Everyone in there is white!

Posted by Carollani | July 15, 2008 5:24 PM

I love watching-right-wing-computer-youth in action.

Posted by Sasha | July 15, 2008 5:32 PM

I love watching-right-wing-computer-youth in action.

Posted by Sasha | July 15, 2008 5:34 PM

"... his history, and his past, and his experience. . ." Paging the Department of Redundancies Department!

Posted by Jane | July 15, 2008 7:43 PM

Are republican youth pasty and puffy because they're republican youth or are they republican youth because they're pasty and puffy?

Posted by brian | July 15, 2008 7:50 PM

@14 - ask Dr. Science.

he'll know.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 16, 2008 12:35 AM

We won't support ball-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November!!!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | July 16, 2008 8:36 AM

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