The AP’s Curt Woodward has written his post-election analysis of the governor’s race, in which he largely credits (blames?) Obama’s “Superman-style” coattails and the economic meltdown for Gov. Gregoire’s big, election night victory. And let’s not forget that “high-stakes politically motivated lawsuit.”
In fact, the only non-external factors Woodward credits to the campaign itself were Gregoire’s performance in the final debate, a few “half-truths” about Rossi’s stance on the minimum wage, and a last minute text message to Pierce County voters. That said, Woodward points out, “Gregoire’s campaign definitely had its flaws…”
She allowed Rossi to define her early on, and took some time to formulate a “change” theme that tied her campaign to Obama’s.
Even in victory, there were perplexing missteps. Gregoire’s campaign, for instance, didn’t provide the governor – or even a senior campaign official – for an interview Tuesday night or Wednesday with The Associated Press, which has the widest statewide reach of any news organization.
Yup, the most glaring flaw in Gregoire’s campaign was its failure to show proper deference to the AP… or so says the AP. I guess that explains the glowing post-election analysis.