I was going to add a more narrative description of the Inaugural Ball, but there’s no need to duplicate David’s detailed comments in the previous thread. It was a lovely evening, and a good time seemed to be had by all.
The only thing I’ll add is how impressed I was with the renovation of the Capitol building. Perhaps our representatives’ level of political discourse will be elevated by their surroundings.
But the greatest impression I came away with last night is that Christine Gregoire is indeed, our governor. Not governor “elect”. Not a temporary governor, or an illegitimate governor, or weak or lame-duck or any of the more pejorative adjectives spat about on the right-wing blogs… but governor.
As one longtime political correspondent observed, Republican legislators can stand up in public and dutifully repeat the party’s talking points about a “stolen election”… but pretty soon they’ll be knocking on Gregoire’s door, asking the Governor to sign their bills.
And there ain’t nothing illegitimate about that.