Anybody who thinks I’m uncritical of the Democratic Party, hasn’t heard me ranting on the phone or in email about the pathetic response they have mounted to the Rossi/BIAW/GOP all out PR assault. We’ve been getting our asses kicked for over two months now, and quite frankly, I’m getting rather tired of removing steel-tipped neo-con boots from between my butt cheeks.
Christine Gregoire disbanded her campaign staff the minute Sam Reed certified the election, but Dino Rossi’s campaign continues to go strong.
Aided dominated by the considerable resources of the BIAW, Rossi is now the nominal leader of a calculated and dishonest campaign to discredit the entire Democratic party. As George Howland writes in The Seattle Weekly, the Democrats failure to effectively defend Gregoire’s legitimacy could make her win a Pyrrhic victory:
The Republicans recognize they have an opportunity, whether or not they win in court. That’s why their revote campaign is so smart. By whipping up a frenzy, the GOP has left most of Washington feeling like 2004 was a botched election.
I do my best to refute the vicious lies and irresponsible rumor-mongering coming from conservative talk radio and the right-wing blogs, but some days I feel like I’m just pissing into the wind. It’s time for the state Democratic Party to fight fire with fire and money with money… they need to wake up and realize that they are in the middle of a political campaign — rallies, paid media, yard signs and all — however weak Rossi’s legal case might be.
Personally, I could give a shit about public opinion when public opinion is wrong, but I’m not running for office! The Republicans are boldly, loudly and unashamedly lying to voters… because it works. At the rally in Olympia yesterday, GOPolitburo Chair Chris Vance said:
“Hundreds of felons voted, hundreds of dead people voted and hundreds of people voted twice.”
These are LIES, damn it, and Vance knows it! But apparently the public does not, else he wouldn’t keep repeating them.
I am a proud Democrat, and I am sick and tired of being called a cheater and a thief by BIAW thugs and their political puppets in the GOP. I have stood up for the Democratic Party again and again, and it’s time for the Party to stand up for me and the hundreds of thousands of other proud Democrats whose support has never wavered.
Dino Rossi will soon get his day in court. And it’s time us Democrats get our day in the court of public opinion.