by Darryl, 11/21/2012, 3:27 PM

Goldy nails it:

Regardless of whether McKenna really is a different-kinda-Republican, the very fact that he relied on this image to pacify voters is a tacit admission that 21st century Republicanism remains outside the mainstream of Washington politics.

19 Responses to “Bingo!”

1. Roger Rabbit spews:

Remember all the arguments about polls in these threads before the election? And the trolls mocking Nate Silver? Here’s Silver’s track record: In 2008 he called 49 of 50 states correctly; in 2012 he called all 50 states correctly. He was right and our trolls were wrong, wrong, wrong.

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21565979-poll-crunchers-proved-their-critics-wrong-election-night-running-numbers

Wingnut = head up ass

2. Roger Rabbit spews:

Goldy also said,

“It’s not our candidates or our platform or even our GOTV effort that’s the problem, GOPers keep telling themselves. It’s the voters.”

The GOPers are right, it is the voters; they don’t want what the GOP is peddling.

3. ArtFart spews:

Fairview Fanny quoted Sam Reed as referring to “idiots at the national level” in his party for screwing things up for Republicans in this state, “…and John Koster didn’t help either.”

4. Roger Rabbit spews:

@3 GOP radicals aren’t getting away with pretending to be moderates. It didn’t work for Suzie Hutchison nor did it work for Rob McKenna. Voter intimidation, vote suppression, and trying to railroad Democratic election officials into jails didn’t work for them, either. The only thing left is to try offering voters something voters actually want. That might work for them.

5. Roger Rabbit spews:

Factoid: “The 5% of voters who identified themselves as gay in exit polls opted for Mr Obama by 76% to 22% — enough to account for his entire margin of victory.”

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21565995-niche-campaigning-negativity-and-nitty-gritty-organisation-put-barack-obama-back

6. Roger Rabbit spews:

I don’t know that Inslee rode Obama’s coattails. I think you could look at this election as coattails-in-reverse, i.e., I’m not a Republican was enough to get elected. When you go around throwing tantrums and smashing furniture in other people’s houses, sooner or later you become an unwelcome guest.

7. MikeBoyScout spews:

Makes one wonder, is Bobby Mac lying awake at night staring at the ceiling thinking ‘if only in 2010 I had not tried to jump on the batshit crazy bandwagon of teabagging nutjobs and had changed my party affiliation to “prefers Democrat” then I’d probably now be the Governor elect of Washington

8. YLB gloats "Paul Ryan is Shocked.. Shocked.." spews:

Is Pudge still alive? (un)SP looks dead, dead, dead…

9. Tree Frog Farmer spews:

@7 Nah. He still thinks he’s ‘the smartest guy in the room’. The only reason you don’t agree with him, or go along with his twisty, nerdy little policy twitches is because you’re just not at smart as he is. . .

Guess I’m happy to be dumb. . .
Bwa-ha-ha-ha

10. Michael spews:

I don’t know that Inslee rode Obama’s coattails. I think you could look at this election as coattails-in-reverse

I saw some of that while knocking on doors. The coat tails were provided mostly by R-74.

11. Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

@9
LIAR!!!

You’re BANNED!!!

12. Lauramae spews:

One of the reasons people couldn’t shake the idea that McKenna would govern like a Republican was because of his lawsuit regarding Obamacare. And his insistence that Washington wouldn’t accept fed money on Medicaid for the increased case load.

Personally, I didn’t vote for Inslee because I was passionately for Inslee. It was a little like voting for Dukakis (Sorry Jay).

Vance talks about the demographics about who voted in this election. There was one commercial for McKenna that featured a group of really crabby old white guys kvetching together at breakfast in a diner about everything that was wrong with Democrats and Inslee.

I remember thinking at the time if the Republican party wanted to attract moderates or even the Democratic voter, this likely wasn’t the best kind of ad to run. To me it cemented the notion “McKenna will govern like a Republican.”

13. doggril spews:

@12 – The cranky old white guy ad gives the “say WA” media campaign some competition for “stupidest marketing ever”.

14. Roger Rabbit spews:

@13 Given how stupid Republicans are, you don’t expect their marketing to be smart, do you?

15. Roger Rabbit spews:

So … what was Romney hiding in his tax returns?

16. Geoduck spews:

15: Right before the election, the Bloomberg people ran a piece speculating that Harry Reid was right, and that Romney paid essentially zero taxes by using some sort of loophole connected with leeching off the Mormon church’s tax-exempt status. Don’t know if this particular setup is what he actually used, but it had to be something similar. We”ll never know for sure.

17. K spews:

And the beauty of it is we really don’t care what’s in his tax returns now.

18. Tree Frog Farmer spews:

@11 You need your reading skills improved. I don’t agree with anything McKenna says,does, or thinks. HOWEVER, I am sure he simply didn’t get the message from the voters. . .and that he is still convinced the “He’s the smartest man in the room.” I would say he has an hermetically sealed mindset. Now, as to your mindset. . .perhaps it could do with a little aeration. . .

19. doggril spews:

@14 – I don’t think Republicans are universally stupid. The tribal, Far Right wing are absolutely dumb as a stump. But the ones who sold the war? Ruthless, yes. Stupid, unfortunately, no. The ones who provide fodder for the idiot Far Right wing? Unscrupulous, yes. Not stupid. And Romney’s certainly not stupid. His advisers misread public sentiment, and apparently began to believe their own hype. That was a huge mistake, but it doesn’t mean they’re stupid.
At the state level, you may be right. I’ve not followed people like Pepple, Vance, or Wilbur closely; but I also don’t recall having ever read a thing about that bunch that provided a hint that any one of them is particularly bright.