I haven’t spent much time following the race in Washington’s 4th Congressional District where Democrat Richard Wright is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. “Do Nuthin’ Doc” Hastings, but sources plugged into the district tell me I may have to rewrite this lede come Tuesday night. It turns out that Hastings is facing a surprisingly tough challenge from Benton County Commissioner Claude Oliver, and some Republican insiders are even predicting an Oliver upset in tomorrow’s GOP primary.
Quite frankly, I find this hard to believe, but if Oliver even comes close to Hastings tomorrow it will speak volumes about the degree to which even the Republican base is just plain sick and tired of corruption, incompetence and intransigence from their own national leaders. And if a potential primary upset really is brewing in the 4th CD, with nary a peep from the local media, it will also speak volumes about the failure of our traditional press to connect to voters and report on what’s really happening on the ground instead of just what the political establishment tells them is happening.
A Hastings primary loss would generate national headlines the next day, while catching the local papers with their pants down. Kind of the same position the Spokane media is going to find itself in by ignoring the surging campaign of Democratic challenger Peter Goldmark in the 5th CD.
Mcjoan has just posted a profile of Peter Goldmark on the front page of Daily Kos, the kind of national netroots attention most local candidates would kill for. And yet… the Spokane media continues to virtually ignore this race, and the buzz that’s building behind the rancher from Okanogan. I guess they the SR likes being scooped.