In defense of Dino

It is curious to note that in all the press coverage of the Dems use of The Sopranos theme song in their Rossi/BIAW video, only Postman bothered to mention that Rossi himself routinely tries to paint Gov. Gregoire as a mobster, by directly referencing Tony Soprano his stump speech.

Huh. So, the TV news folks et al didn’t think this a relevant tidbit of information, I guess because the Dems’ choice of music is somehow a more unambiguous reference to Tony Soprano than an actual unambiguous reference to Tony Soprano? Are they shittin’ me?

And while we’re on the subject of ethnic slurs, when is the Italian Club of Seattle going to condemn KVI’s Kirby Wilbur for saying that Dino Rossi looks like a “crime mob boss” …?

Dino Rossi and Kirby Wilbur
Dino and Kirby (far right) during happier days

Actually, Dino looks nothing like a mob boss; he’s too, well, foppish. Kirby on the other hand, cuts a more, um, imposing figure—give him a scowl, a cigar and a Brooklyn accent, and he just might pass.

See, the thing about these Italian mobster stereotypes is that they’re actually based on reality, which I imagine is one of the things that made The Sopranos such a compelling show. I lived in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, around the corner from the church where the funeral for John Gotti’s driver was held (after he was gunned down), and thanks to the local goombahs it was an incredibly safe place to live, you know… if you were white. A few blocks away it wasn’t an uncommon sight to see a parked car stripped to its bones overnight, but I once parked my mother’s convertible in front of my building for nearly a week without fear, because if you broke into the wrong car in my neighborhood, they’d hunt you down and kill you.

Are all Italian-Americans mobsters? No way. But in the mob-controlled neighborhoods of Brooklyn and South Philly with which I was familiar, most of the mobsters were definitely Italian, and they cultivated their own stereotypical look and feel in much the same way that my father and his Jewish psychiatrist friends tended to come off as Sigmund Freud impersonators.

Tony Soprano your stereotypical mob boss? You betcha. Kirby Wilbur a passable knockoff? Maybe. But Dino Rossi…? Not so much.

A song is just a song, but a picture’s worth a thousand words and all that, so trust me… nobody is ever going to confuse Dino Rossi for a Tony Soprano style mob boss.


  1. 2


    Something tells me that if the McCain campaign used the Zippity Do Da song as background music in an anti-Obama ad, Goldy would be shouting “racism” at the top of his lungs.

  2. 3

    delbert spews:

    So Goldy’s argument drops to kindergarten level with the homophobic equivalent of, “but you’re ugly!”

    Nice going! Implying 1) gay is somehow bad and 2) that you have no other arguments.

    As for the rest of you, suggest anything else like that and I’ll have my sister’s girlfriend beat the crap out of you.

  3. 4

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Ummmmmmm Goldy–
    Have you seen some of the pics of Gregoire without her pancake makeup??
    Not a pretty sight.

    Seems like a mighty slow newsday.

    Goldy, do you ever have quiet time??
    Just a little dead space so you can do yoga or chant or something besides feeling the need to post something as childish as this.

    No wonder your wife divorced you Goldy.
    You cannot shutthefuck up for even a nanosecond.
    Or perhaps it was because you came out of the…you know….closet??

  4. 5


    delbert @3,

    I never suggested anybody was gay. Plenty of straight people participate in gay pride parades.

    But I suppose I should be on the lookout for an angry letter from The Gay Italian Club of Seattle.

  5. 6

    Steve spews:

    @3 “I’ll have my sister’s girlfriend beat the crap out of you.”

    At least you appear to know when to seek some help. However, being the cowardly shit you are, I doubt whether you, your sister, or her friend, one or all, could whip even the wimpiest lib on the planet.

  6. 9

    rhp6033 spews:

    “Must be a Slow News Day”.

    Headlines from MSNBC (business section) today:

    Stocks plunge – Dow ends day off 355-plus.

    Oil tops $140 after OPEC price prediction.

    Yahoo shakes up Management Team.

    BofA to cut 7,500 jobs after Countrywide Deal.

    Rising rates could slow housing recovery.

    Airlines to pay $504M in price-fixing scam.

    Yep, just another day in the George W. Bush neighborhood. Nothing new here.

  7. 11


    re 2: I don’t know ’bout you, but Mr. Bluebird is definitely on MY shoulder. Uncle Remus was a great teller of morality tales that have enlightened American children of all colors for many years.

    Bring it on.

  8. 12

    Tlazolteotl spews:

    That final picture of Dino is fucking hilarious!!!!!!

    They should make an ad posing the question: “What ideas does Dino Rossi have for the future of Washington State?” and then showing that picture, with the voice over” “Rossi. He’s got no idea.”

  9. 15

    Steve spews:

    @14 “Most Democrats piss themselves if a stern look is directed their way.”

    I hear that you American commie-fascists are known to piss your pants when your mother asks you to start paying her some rent for your basement dwelling.

  10. 16


    i wouldn’t know that the soundtrack to the original ad that accurately depicts rossi as captive of the horrible biaw came from the sopranos. it sounds kind of rappish to me and does not make me think of italy or italians in any way. i dont get cable and watched that show maybe twice at a friend’s house. this whining from the dreadful republicans is nothing more than an attempt to generate a story. and i bet most readers, like me, think the story is about rossi being a hood ornament for a corrupt organization called biaw. he will end up like the judges that the biaw supported last time around. what were their names? who knows?

  11. 17

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Dino looks like the guy the Mob brings along to suck everyone’s dick when they can’t find any willing strippers.

  12. 18

    YLB spews:

    Most Democrats piss themselves if a stern look is directed their way

    Most wingnuts piss themselves at thought of walking their talk – being on the front lines in one of their endless wars of choice.

    It’s almost always for other people to do.

  13. 19

    proud leftist spews:

    Dino is truly an unimpressive fellow. I don’t say that as a highly partisan Democrat, which I am, but as a humble observer of other humans. He is wholly unremarkable. I cannot understand–and I’m being completely honest here–why Washington Republicans are so enthralled with someone who brings so little to the table. Is Dino really the best that they’ve got? If so, let’s put Washington Republicans on the endangered species list.

  14. 20

    YLB spews:

    Sigh… Dino just looks like another salesman. Once he opens mouth and begins his pitch anyone with any streetsmarts would immediately know that the pitch is deceptive and the product very shoddy.

    But there’s a sucker born every minute and that’s who Dino is counting on.

  15. 21

    michael spews:


    Give it up. No matter how you slice it this was a poorly done sleaze ad. Yes, the Italian American Club, the TV news and Dino are full of shit, but at the end of the day the thing that matters is doing good work and the D’s didn’t do quality on this one.

    PS. Why the fuck aren’t you pumping The Good Governor going after Country Wide. That’s the important story to get out there.


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    ArtFart spews:

    19 You know that absurd accusation of “September 10 thinking” the righties launched at Obama? Well, the Washington Republican leadership appears to be stuck in “pre-2000 election” thinking.

    In 2000, the national party served up a worthless piece of human trash and got him into the Oval Office. The state party couldn’t muster the balls to go quite that far, so they tried a “light” version of it and came up with someone who certainly isn’t as morally and intellectually awful as Saint King Dumbfuck (after all, who else could be?) and merely offered up a rather unremarkable man–a genuine schlump–to lead the state’s government. They couldn’t get enough of the voters to buy it then, and they just don’t understand that it won’t work this time either.

  17. 24

    PongLenis spews:

    He looks like the floppy dicked “Smiling BOB”
    from the Enzite commercials. What a total loser.

  18. 25

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    In a time of Economic Downturn..when companies are laying off and taxpayers are being squeezed with cost of living issues, what kind of idiot would add 8,000+ new State Workers and implement many other cost increases????
    Christine Gregoire (Career Bureaucrat with ZERO comprehension of economic reality).

    The campaign will come down to her excessive spending, lack of control & the huge Deficit she created!

  19. 26

    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    @25: Economic downturn = falloff in demand. Government increases spending to stimulate demand. This is economic reality. Cynical calls it “zero comprehension”.

    This from a huckster who most likely worships Larry (never made a right call) Kudlow and touts stocks like Wells Fargo (down $1.33 today alone) for the dividend–a rookie play that probably has his broker rolling with laughter.

  20. 27

    Proud To Be An Ass spews:


    I agree you did err here. The caption should have read “Game Show Host?”

  21. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    How much did you pay those guys to protect your mother’s car? They don’t do nuttin’ for free.

  22. 29

    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    Hey, Cynical. I see another one of your heros, Ben Stein, out their denying evolution. Some say he has taken up wingnut welfare ’cause he blew all “Ben Stein’s Money” in the market.

    Just another wingnut loser.

  23. 30

    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    Rossi will be humiliated in this election, but what’s he got to lose? He has no honor, no integrity, and ideas? What, the musings of a mad dog named Lou Guzzo?

  24. 31

    Rujax! spews:

    Hey Mister Asshole-

    That’s 8,000 people who are going to have jobs…pay taxes…buy houses…buy cars…buy groceries…buy whatever shit YOUR dumbass company makes or going to pay for whatever worthless service YOU offer.

    CHRIST…are you REALLY that fucking stupid????

    In a time of less jobs…let’s put folks to work!!!! It’s a strangee concept that wealth “TRICKLES UP”!!!

    Take it slow fuckhead…it’s REALLY NOT THAT HARD to understand.

    THIS is the big difference between you and me jerkoff. I believe in folks being able to work.

  25. 32

    Daddy Love spews:

    Dino’s a FAG. Funny.

    But really, it’s the the WA GOP is stuck in the “pre-2004″ mindset. You know, the one where a fake “moderate” can hide his right-wing policies and come close to beating a thirty-year executive branch pro in an open-seat election.

    Welcome to incumbency, brothers and sisters. You love it when it gives Lazy Dave an advantage, but you’re gonna HATE what it does to poor stupid Dino.

  26. 34

    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    Republican theory: Transfer government waste, fraud, and abuse to the private sector–where the experts at it can be found in astonishingly large numbers.

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    westello spews:

    Goldy, yes, there are some mobsters in the US. Problem is, most Americans DO think Italians and Italian-Americans all know them. Not true. My husband is Italian and I’ve lived there; most Italians know no mobsters. Ditto in the U.S.

    The mob is a bunch of low-life, murdering pathetic thugs. That they happen to be Italian is incidental. The Godfather romanticized the mob so that Americans think it’s “cool”. It’s not.

    (That said, my Italian mother-in-law worked for a custom shirtmaker in Brooklyn and Gotti used to come in there for his shirts. She sniffed that had to constantly check his neck size because he ate so much.)

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    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Remember when Rossi cried like a baby saying he was robbed and the republican judge in the republican county hearing evidence from the republican plaintiff and republican lawyer hearing evidence about an election overseen by republican Secretary of State Reed found that the only illegal votes in the last election for Governor were from republicans? Remember?

  29. 38

    proud leftist spews:

    Have you ever read any John Kenneth Galbraith? He actually understood something about economics and the value of wise governmental spending. Your supply-side witch doctors only know something about mystical economic masturbation, which is fine for those engaging in such, but not much good for the rest of us.

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    Jane Balough's Dog spews:

    All in all not a good day for you facist, pinko, commie liberls. I hope they start the lawsuits soon in Chicago and SF on the illegal gun bans. The liberals are going to go nuts. ehehehehe

  31. 41

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Remember when Dino Rossi ran campaign ads and literature saying he was a real estate broker? Remember when it came out he wasn’t a real estate broker? Remember when it was disclosed that he is actually a real estate agent which is legally quite different from a broker proving him out to be a liar? Remember?

  32. 42

    Jane Balough's Dog spews:

    The Palm Beach Post is cutting back 300 jobs. The Baltimore Sun is eliminating 100 jobs.

    Not good for the economy… yet great for the country. We still have way too many liberal,lying leftist in the MSM.

  33. 43

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    You KLOWNS are funny tonite.
    You really believe Accelerating State Spending by adding 8000+ workers is a way to “stimulate” the economy??!


  34. 44

    Jane Balough's Dog spews:


    Wow. He lied about being a broker and was an agent. That is earf shattering stuff. I wonder if we can trust him on taxes??? He may pull a gregoire…. Nay.

  35. 45

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @3 “So Goldy’s argument drops to kindergarten level …”

    He wants to make sure that people of your educational level can understand it.

  36. 46

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Hey Cynical! I hope you sold all your stocks and bought gold before the stock market collapsed.

  37. 47

    My Left Foot spews:

    Delbert at 14:

    Barack Obama on June 24th. “I don’t do cowering”.

    Me either. I know Roger doesn’t, neither does Goldy, rhp6033, headless lucy, ByeByeGOP, YLB, or Proud To Be An Ass.

    Delbert, you best pay attention. HUGE change is on the way. You can either step aside or get run over, your choice.

  38. 49

    proud leftist spews:

    Dog @ 40
    Most of my liberal friends are armed to the teeth. We live out West, so guns aren’t a big deal. I’d think a cur like you would be thinking that the Court’s finally figuring out what the 2nd Amendment means, 207 years after its drafting, ain’t good given that the Court believes the amendment protects an individual’s right to own firearms. After all, dogs get shot. The Court’s reasoning was twisted and result-oriented. So it goes with Republican judges. The comma-ridden 2nd Amendment is a grammatical piece of shit. On the other hand, the decision should deflate NRA fundraising efforts. You didn’t gain nothing today, dog.

  39. 50

    michael spews:


    Um… Lee supported the court in this piece and if there’s a post on here that that disagreed with the ruling I must have missed it.

    Actually, today marks the end of McCain having the slightest chance of wining the presidency as now gun owners have nothing to fear from Democrats and Obama. Not that they ever had anything to fear from Democrats and Obama.

  40. 51

    michael spews:


    Um… My family’s full of veterans who vote the big D. Next time try posting that shit on a blog where one of the readers doesn’t have family buried with military honors and a display case full of dog tags, purple hearts, bronze stars and a .45 that got carried all over the Pacific.

    Or, maybe you’d like to repeat that line to a long shore man down in the port of Tacoma…

  41. 53

    proud leftist spews:

    michael @ 50
    You hit it on the nose. While all the NRA’ers are celebrating tonight, they actually just lost their biggest rallying point. And, laws will hardly change. The Supremes held, Scalia the Scamp writing for the majority, that reasonable restrictions on firearm ownership are constitutionally permissible. The whining from rightwingers is neverending, but after today’s ruling, their whining about guns, which we know will continue, will look ever more foolish to the average American. Attaboy, Antonin.

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    sparky spews:

    Actually that picture makes Rossi look like the guy on TV in the erectile disfunction ad…Bob, I think. The one whose wife looks really really happy.

  43. 55

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    All I own now is a couple thousand shares of Wells Fargo I bought a week or so @ $24.80 as a dividend play.
    This is the lowest % of my assets in stocks ever…and has been low since I sold out a whole lot when the Dow exceeded 14,000.
    Just those short-term plays that I got out of.
    Even my SEP-IRA is all in bonds, cash & CD’s.

    I’m looking for buying opportunities in some of the energy stocks GBS brought up.

    Mrs. C is helping keep the economy moving as we are just about finished remodeling our ranch. We helped our kids buy homes. Still have waay more than I will ever spend. I believe in a simple lifestyle. Not many costly toys or cars…or depreciable assets.
    Ain’t America great!!
    If someone asked me if I’m better off today than 8 years ago, the answer is:
    HELL YA!!!!

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    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Hopefully some idiot who gets a gun under the new Supreme Court ruling will find his way back to Washington and into some republican neighborhood and let history/fate take its course.

  45. 58


    George Will wrote a recent article accusing Democrats of EXCUSING THE CRIMINAL ACTS OF OTHERS by claiming that the perp in question was impelled to his/her act by a larger, uncaring society. You know, like the 14 year-old child of a single, ghetto crack-mom who ends up in a gang. What could be more la-te-dah soft-headed liberal than thinking that societiy’ refusal to help the 14 year old may have impelled him/her to join a gang.

    Yep. That’s liberals. Always excusing lawbreakers like the 14 year-old and failing to see that the REAL victims are Republicans!

    Especially right wing Jesus-Nuts who get no respect from liberals and the liberals even go to war against their Holiest of Holidays, X-mas! And the MSM! Short shrift for Republican victims.

    Who really has the ‘victmology’ problem? I think it’s Republicans.

    Oh, poor Dino Rossi! Subtly Mocked by Democrats for being Italian!

  46. 59

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    57. ByeByeGOP spews:
    “Hopefully some idiot who gets a gun under the new Supreme Court ruling will find his way back to Washington and into some republican neighborhood and let history/fate take its course.”

    You are one sick bastard………
    Exactly why the Left will eventually find their way back to the sidelines.
    How about being positive?
    Wishing stuff like this ByeBye is baaaaaad karma. Let us know when you reap what you sew.

  47. 60

    Steve spews:

    @59 “Exactly why the Left will eventually find their way back to the sidelines.
    How about being positive?”

    Sadly for you, right now it’s the Republicans headed for political obscurity. Too bad you haven’t a clue as to why.