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Friday, June 13, 2008

LIVE from Spokane: A hearty welcome for Patty Murray at gala banquet

Well, tonight's gala banquet is off to a pleasant start. Just moments ago, State Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz kicked things off by welcoming Democrats to the 2008 Convention and reflecting optimistically on the party's chances of taking back the White House.

He also railed against Sam Reed's "goofy" primary and jeered at Dino Rossi for submitting "GOP" next to his name on the ballot instead of Republican.

Pelz introduced Senator Patty Murray, who was warmly welcomed.

Murray devoted much of her speech to the Bush administration's stubborn resistance to progressive change and the hope that Barack Obama's campaign is bringing to America. Murray drew a standing ovation when she touched on Mess o'potamia, declaring, "I knew I was right when I voted against the war in Iraq."

Murray told Democrats that she has witnessed a sea change in Congress even without a Democratic president in the White House. "Finally, instead of talking about flag burning and Terri Schiavo, we're having real debates," she stated.

But she noted that Dubya still occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the Democratic majority in the Senate is slim.

"Time and time again, we have seen this president take out his veto pen and say no to families, no to children, and no to our men and women in uniform," Murray thundered. "What is the Republicans' answer [to challenges like Iraq, or bringing universal healthcare to America]? Obstruction!"

What Congress needs, Murray added, is more Democrats.

"Wouldn't it be great if we could add Mark Mays, George Fearing, and another woman, Darcy Burner, to our congressional delegation?" she asked to applause.

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