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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Gregoire Speaks

posted by on August 19 at 21:47 PM

Governor Gregoire just finished speaking. State Rep. Eric Pettigrew introduced her; other political bigwigs here include House Speaker Frank Chopp; State Rep. Joe McDermott; the aforementioned Jim McDermott; state party chair Dwight Pelz; State Rep. Ross Hunter; and State Sen. Karen Keiser.

Gregoire’s brief speech here, unlike the one earlier tonight at Spitfire, has been mostly about her record as governor: Making the state the third-best in the country for business, prioritizing climate change, and taking care of men and women in Iraq. “We’ve got momentum, it’s on to November, the president of the United States is going to be Barack Obama!”

Obama came up so much, in fact, you’d think Gregoire was Obama’s running mate; people are wearing buttons showing Gregoire’s image juxtaposed against the Democratic presidential nominee; and the room keeps breaking into chants of “Yes We Can!” Then, inexplicably, they played “Louie Louie” and everybody started milling around again.

Gregoire’s in a good mood tonight. And she should be. She’s sweeping in counties, like Pierce, that she lost last time, returns from King County (where she’ll clean up) haven’t come in yet, and Dino Rossi just made a lackluster statement about this election not mattering because Republicans didn’t turn out. (And they’re going to turn out in November?) She entered the room to thunderous chants of “Four more years!,” hugging dozens of supporters on her way from the back of the room to the stage.

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The only thing I see when I look at all this is that finally Rossi will stop playing at politics and concentrate on being the best motorcycle racer in the world. His string of championship victories will ring out long after history has forgotten who was Governor of Washington. It's funny that a man can't be satisfied with that.

Posted by elenchos | August 19, 2008 9:53 PM

Louie, Louie?

They played our official state song at a Gregoire rally?

Posted by StC | August 19, 2008 9:53 PM

Sen. Joe McDermott, not Rep. Joe McDermott

Posted by he's a senator | August 19, 2008 10:19 PM

@2 - damned straight. She's the Governor, and she knows what we want - and if it's Louie, Louie for our State Anthem, then that's what's playing!

I hear Dino Marx Rossi was playing "Money" by Pink Floyd.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 20, 2008 1:26 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but when an incumbent Gov gets less than 50 percent, even in a top two primary, isn't that a sign of weakness and not strength? Or at least the election being a toss-up? Or is the expectation that young Obama voters will propel her in November, so a near-tie now signifies an easy victory in November?

Posted by Trevor | August 20, 2008 7:54 AM

Seriously, 'Louie, Louie' is her theme song, she requests it to be played every time she speaks at events.

I attended an event a few years ago, she was late & the folks putting on the event only had the first minute of the song- they played it over & over until she finally made her appearance...

Posted by lmfao | August 20, 2008 10:30 AM

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