Dino Rossi, a veteran of two brutal defeats in his campaigns for governor, watched from afar, looking every bit the man who was glad he wasn’t running for anything tonight. ‘I’m home for dinner every night,’ he said. ‘Better them than me,’ he said of the candidates.

— An illuminating excerpt from the Seattle Times’ report of Susan Hutchison’s party, which makes us feel glad that Chris Gregoire took down Dino for a second time last year