I’m still at the Ale House, but can’t hear the debate, and Trivia Night starts in half an hour, so I’m not sure how much live blogging I can do. But that doesn’t stop you from spewing your hearts out in the comment threads.
Minimum wage, right of the bat, an issue by the way, that was first brought to attention via Josh’s coverage of the AWB debate. Your contributions at work.
You know, I’m not so sure that Rossi wants to make this about who shares whose values.
I guess, the bright side about Postman leaving, at least for Andrew Garber, is that Garber gets to do a little TV for a change.
Rossi keeps talking about how he balanced the budget in 2003. Um… he wasn’t governor in 2003. (Or ever.) He started with Gov. Locke’s budget, and then made it a bit more draconian. In fact, at the press conference in which he announced “his” budget, the PowerPoint presentation started with the headline: “Following the Governor’s Lead.” So why the fuck does everybody let him get away with this bullshit about how he supposedly “balanced” a budget?
So far, neither candidate has mentioned “Joe the Plumber.” Refreshing.
So Rossi shrugs off an accusing Gregorie of “laundering money” by saying it was produced by a “third party”… you know, the BIAW “fund for Rossi” for which he solicited contributions. You’d think maybe, our editorial boards would comment on the irony.
I don’t think transportation is a winning issue for Rossi. Voters here are about to pass Prop 1 to expand light rail, and voters in the rest of the state couldn’t give a shit about traffic congestion or our infrastructure deficit. But what do I know?
The problem with Gregoire arguing that Rossi cut a billion dollars from education, is that it validates the notion that Rossi actually balanced budgets. Which he didn’t. He chaired the budget committee in the state Senate, which was only marginally in Republican hands, and the final budget was large based on Gov. Locke’s initial proposal. So if I were Gregoire, I’d be talking about what Rossi wants to cut, or wanted to cut, rather than what he did cut.
The camera isn’t loving Gov. Gregoire, particularly in the split screens. But here’s a question… is Rossi coming off as more likeable? I think voters thought he did in 2004, and it was largely on that basis (plus the lack of understanding about where he actually stood on issues) that he made the election so close. But even if four years later, voters don’t particularly like Gregoire (I’m not saying they actively dislike her, but it’s the whole who would you like to have a beer with thing), they’ve grown comfortable with her. She’s not scary. So does Rossi come off as genuinely likable, or just less wonky and officious than Gregoire?
WRAP UP (SORTA):
From where I was sitting, it was hard to hear the debate above the background noise, so I’ll have to watch it again to get a fair impression, but anecdotally, those in the bar who did watch the debate, both inside the bubble bloggers like myself, and ordinary citizens, thought that Gregoire just plain kicked Rossi’s ass. I hope so. And I hope there were enough viewers to make a difference.