Patty Murray; Arrogant and Ignorant
Just because Patty Murray represents Washington in the US Senate, it doesn’t mean she should be insulting the residents of the great State of Alabama. As reported in The Daily Weekly: With the Dreamliner finally up in the air, one could almost forget the unending controversy swirling in Boeing’s turbines.First there’s that little move to South Carolina planned to actually build the Dreamliner. But also | Read More »
Death Of A Politician
Like a sort of political Willy Loman, Brian Baird has announced his decision not to seek re-election to the US House of Representatives. Willy sacrificed himself so that Biff could collect on Willy’s life insurance policy; Baird steps out of the way so that another candidate can try to turn near certain defeat in WA-03 into a close race. It remains to be seen if | Read More »
It’s Never Pretty When People Feel Entitled
I once had an acquaintance with two school-aged children. She and her husband were both professional people, earning good incomes. They lived in a custom home in one of the nicest neighborhoods in their town, drove luxury cars, enrolled their children in expensive activities, bought them lavish gifts and took frequent vacations, on which their children usually accompanied them. On one occasion, they made a | Read More »
Most Excellent News for WA-03; Brian Baird Announces His Retirement
Yes, even more excellent news. In a stunning development (at least to me!) Brian Baird has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2010. The time has now come to pursue other options, other ways of serving. Hence, I am announcing today that I do not intend to seek reelection to Congress in 2010…This is not an easy decision to be sure, but I | Read More »
Most Excellent News For WA-01
We have a contest; James Watkins, a Redmond entrepreneur, announced today that he is a candidate for Jay Inslee’s Congressional seat. Says Watkins: I’m running against career office-seeker Jay Inslee because we can’t afford him any more. His voting record in Washington, D.C., shows he’s lost touch with our values. We’re at a moment of clarity in our country. We the People are paying attention | Read More »
Gregoire’s Political Posturing Over Lakewood Shootings
An unfortunate series of break downs in the criminal justice systems in both Washington and Arkansas culminated in the execution of four Lakewood Police Officers by habitual criminal Maurice Clemmons. Governor Christine Gregoire response was to direct “state Corrections Chief Eldon Vail not to accept any new parolees from Arkansas until matters arising from the Maurice Clemmons case have been addressed and resolved,” in order | Read More »
The Social Justice Aspects of Our Current Spending Binge Is Escaping Me
It’s nice to hear a voice from another country say something nice about the United States and an encouragement to know that there are freedom loving people around the world who support us as we struggle to maintain that spirit of American exceptionalism that Nick Adams describes in such moving terms. As I absorbed the impact of Adams’ words, I recalled another speech, calling on | Read More »
If I Wanted To Live Like A European, I’d Move to Europe
How do you suppose it is that European countries can afford to provide health care to their citizens at levels that their governments consider acceptable? Consider this tidbit from “The Threat to Medical Innovation,” appearing in The American Spectator. …Between 1969 and 2008, 57 of the 97 Nobel Prizes in medicine and physiology — or nearly 60 percent — were awarded to people who did | Read More »
The Mythological Democrat
You may remember Dr. Matthew Manweller. He’s the Central Washington University Political Science professor who rather shamefully suggested that Republicans ought not “go after” Blue Dog Democrats in 2010. Since I wrote this post castigating Dr. Manweller for taking such a naive stance, he’s pointed me in the direction of two articles which he felt were relevant. The first was an op-ed at The New | Read More »
Forget the Issues. Who Needs Issues When There Are Tea Partiers To Vanquish?
I’m not sure how I got on every progressive e-mail list in the country but I managed it. It’s a constant source of entertainment. Here’s today’s missive from my good friend, James Carville. Paula: Remember all those socialist-hollering, Glenn Beck-worshiping, tea party wing nuts from this summer’s town hall meetings? If Sarah Palin gets her way, one of them could soon be a member of | Read More »
A David Letterman Moment in King County, Washington
Okay, wow. When I called Dow Constantine a smarmy politician I was just referring to his apparent level of comfort with lying about Council colleague Kathy Lambert. It appears there’s so much more. Allegations have surfaced that Constantine has been accused of sexually harassing a County employee, as Mark Griswold writes about at Sound Politics. Rumors of Dow Constantine’s inappropriate behavior have been swirling around | Read More »
“why i shouldn’t vote for patty murray”
Volume I I was checking my blog stats and happened to notice that someone had stumbled across my other blog, It’s Only Words, after searching for “why i shouldn’t vote for patty murray.” I figure, Hey! If people are asking, I should make it as easy as possible for them to find out! Yes. I’m just that helpful. Here are a few old posts to | Read More »
Officially a Possibility?
Rumor has it that Chris Widener will announce in the next few days that he’s forming an exploratory committee to determine the feasibility of a run against Patty Murray in 2010. As I outlined here, Chris is the founder of Positively Republican, a group that educates voters about the positive benefits of conservatism for people in every station of life. From the Positively Republican Facebook | Read More »
Calling St. George
Wow, it feels like years ago that I wrote these words rather than a matter of months. Chuck DeVore may look like your run of the mill Assemblyman from California, but I assure you, he has the heart of a dragon-slayer. Chuck has chosen to take on the daunting task of defeating Barbara Boxer in 2010 and giving conservative Californians a voice in the U.S. | Read More »
MoveOn, Could You Please Just Move Along?
Because, really, you’re not adding anything of value to the debate. Even though Election Day 2010 is still over a year away, MoveOn.org Political Action is running ads targeting Dave Reichert (WA-08) and his “No” vote on H.R. 3200 in the Ways and Means Committee. Congressman Reichert responded with the following statement. Now is the time to come together and debate meaningful solutions to lower | Read More »
Skewing the Results
Because of his deep and abiding respect for his constituents and their opinions on the issues, Congressman Brian Baird (WA-03) has included a poll on his official website posing the question, “Do you believe there is a need to reform our current health care system?” Excellent! Congressman Baird has managed to frame the question in such a way that it appears as though he’s interested | Read More »
Something Or Nothing?
(A new post from the blogger formerly know as paulag1955. I’ve changed my name to be consistent with my Twitter ID.) Since I posted this piece at It’s Only Words about financially supporting conservative candidates and Erick Erickson posted a similar piece here the same day, I’ve seen a few comments based on the idea that if only candidates were “conservative enough” people would support | Read More »
Washington Conservatives Need To Step Up Their Game
Imagine my surprise this morning when I saw this post of Erick’s while I was writing the following. Despite holding a narrow lead in the polls, Susan Hutchison trails Dow Constantine in fundraising in the King County Executive race. The Seattle Times reports that since August 10, Hutchison has raised just $32,000 while Constantine has raised $102,000. So, Conservatives, tell me…what’s the problem? Here’s a | Read More »
So Much For Contacting My Congressman
Here’s a comment from Jay Inslee’s health care townhall meeting in Edmonds, Washington, that doesn’t really have anything to do with health care. Um, so, first of all, I wanted to say thank you to Jay Inslee personally because I always appreciate that you always write people back when they email you. I’m just going to say that this woman has very low standards for | Read More »
Could King County Possibly Be Doing Something Right?
Despite the concerns I voiced here, Sherrill Huff retained her position as Director of Elections for King County. In a move that initially allays some of those concerns, Huff has hired Evelyn Arnold as her Superintendent of Elections. Ms. Arnold is a CPA and has served as the Chelan County Auditor since 1990. Arnold first came to notice in 2005 when she testified at the | Read More »