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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dino Rossi: the GOP's sacrifical lamb

This cartoon, showing Dino Rossi as a lamb entering the Meat Market run by Washington state voters, is one of the funniest, sharpest, and best columns David Horsey has ever drawn - and you must look at it right now.

Dino's press conference is tomorrow - we wonder whether he'll have anything to say about pressing state issues like these:
  1. Dino, do you support or oppose the Roads & Transit package to attack congestion and build fifty miles of new light rail throughout the Sound?
  2. Dino, are in you in favor of Tim Eyman's unconstitutional Initiative 960, which aims to tie up our government and paralyze the Legislature?
  3. Dino, how do you feel about Simple Majority for our public schools (EHJR 4204)? Do you agree that it's time to remove this unfair supermajority requirement, or are you in lockstep with people like John Carlson and Ed Orcutt who have argued that a minority should decide the fate of levies that would fund education?
  4. Dino, what's your position on Referendum 67, a public vote forced by the insurance industry, which has spent millions of dollars trying to convince the public to repeal a consumer protection law passed by our Legislature? Do you side with the industry or do you side with consumers?
  5. Dino, how do you feel about renewal of our Medic One levy here in King County? Is Medic One a good program? Do you believe it could be a model for other municipalities throughout Washington State?
If Dino wants to be governor - if he wants Chris Gregoire's job - then he needs to be honest with the press and the public. He needs to let Washingtonians know where he stands on these and other critical issues.

True leaders don't hesitate to answer tough questions.


Blogger Roger said...

Great! It is a rather sophisticated toon which unfortunately sets the stage for a play the victim [/er] wolf in sheep's clothing strategy. Rossi's record and context must be reviewed and not swept under the rug and be ready for their accusation of crying wolf.

October 25, 2007 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have lived in your own little blue bubble too long. There needs to be balance in the government, not all democrats and not all republicans. I have lived in red states and blue states and whenever there is an imbalance the people of the state get screwed. I am for Dino in Washington, much like I am for a democrat governor in a place like Texas. Pull your head out and get some balance.

October 25, 2007 3:45 PM  
Blogger Roger said...

What is balance? What is the point? Not all one perspective is good, but is the middle the tipping point? How does one get balance? Being two perspectives? Or not having one on the fence? It seems like an argument, but without looking into the directions Rossi is aimed and the record he has, it could be that it is just about power and tipping it.

Please don’t misconstrue that I believe there is any comparison on a political spectrum between a Texas Democratic and a Washington Republican as governor. (I don’t know) But there are also other difference in the power structure and processes between states. Besides, this process and the article was an attempt to pop the potential red bubble that some are in, whether they are the elected or the electors. For others it is a black hole when it comes to information exchange.

October 26, 2007 6:55 AM  

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