In which Goldy proves more in touch with Eastern Washington than Stefan

I-1100 proved not so popular outside Seattle and Gomorra

I-1100 proved not so popular outside Seattle and Gomorra

I suppose it’s possible that I-1100 could ultimately pass once the final ballots are counted, though at this point, it doesn’t look likely. While there’re still a ton more ballots left to count in the counties where it’s passing, it’s only barely passing in those counties… which brings me to one of my most self-amusing observations of the evening: apparently, I’m more in touch with the sensibilities of voters in the red parts of the state than initiative author Stefan Sharkansky.

Huh. I guess all those years Stefan spent in the Bay Area must have warped his values.

But then, really, how can you expect a Pelosi-Republican like Stefan to understand the real Americans who live outside his posh, Green Lake neighborhood?


  1. 1

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    You were wrong on the income tax, Heck, DelBene and perhaps Larson. Your home State of Pennsylvania went incredibly R.
    Seems like you are desperate to grab onto something.
    Who gives a crap about this anyway.
    Dems would have raised liquor taxes anyway.

  2. 2


    Cynical… no, I was right on all those races. It’s the voters who were wrong. (And the Larsen race isn’t necessarily over. We’ll see how the late ballots break.)

  3. 3

    One Down spews:

    I don’t understand? The Republican eastern Washington voters WANT state run liquor stores? Rural Republicans who talk FOREVER about limited government and government interference with private for-profit business want all liquor to be managed, inventoried and sold only by the state government? F**KING seriously? (scratching head)

    Please explain?

  4. 4

    Crusader spews:

    Good news! Dave Reichert just got re-elected again! The Green River Killer catcher defeated yet another braindead, clueless MSFT “executive”.

  5. 5

    Crusader spews:

    Yes. Unfortunately it’s true that East WA conservatives voted 1100 down because of their misguided religious values. Alas, WA state has a LONG way to go.

  6. 6

    One Down spews:

    @1 YAWN!

    The LAST TWO TIMES the Congress shifted it was both branches (under Clinton and Bush). How come Republicans could only take one and consider that a world shaking victory? YAWN! So you have half the control you had under Clinton. WOW! Er…YAWN. And I’m sure like the last time you controlled the House (2000-2006) you’ll slash the size of government and reduce spending…on WAIT…that didn’t happen. No Republican has EVER left office (or Congress) spending less than when they got into office. Whatever.

  7. 8

    One Down spews:

    @7 Fine analysis and political commentary. (sigh) Yeah douche…I’m employed and I guarantee I make more than you (unless you’re CEO of Amazon trolling on here) so EAT me. I’m tired of lazy dumb angry anti-intellectual Republicans. I want the William F. Buckley Jr. Republicans back, the Nixon Republicans. Not your Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Sharon Angle, Christine O’Donnell “proud to be stupid” Republicans. I at least respected and could argue with the old school Republicans, then go have a scotch with them after. Now you just have angry retarded religious freaks who think Jesus wanted them to run for office. What a joke.

  8. 10

    Gunfight Epiphany spews:

    How many years does someone from another state have to live here in Washington until they are considered local enough to voice political opinions? I know everyone has a right to an opinion, but seriously, how long before an outsider gets Washingtonian status, in your opinions…seriously, I am asking. No for real, I am asking your opinions on this.

  9. 11

    Richard Pope spews:

    Gunfight Epiphany @ 10

    At least 20 years! In any event, longer than Goldy and Stefan have lived here …

  10. 12

    Gunfight Epiphany spews:

    Not waiting for answers, after 11 years, I am giving myself honorary resident status. This state is absolutely freaking nuts. You have a state that taxes alcohol three times before it hits your lips. Do you pay taxes three times for the lunch you had today? But people still said, yeah the state does a good job with the liquor. Am I the only one who has been in a liquor store on the day before a weekend holiday when the line goes out of the door and the store has three employees, one is restocking, one is on break and one is a cashier? Am I the only one who thinks it is entirely moronic to have a state that controls all aspects of selling alcohol, but leases the stores they use rather than own the property. Does no one see that when a state sells alcohol, taxes it three times before you taste it and then gives out DUI’s for the beverages they sold you, that is a conflict of interest? One thing this state did get right, controlling alcohol sales. Going to the government owned and leased stores and dealing with the same mindset of those that work at DMV’s has made it that much easier to stop buying alcohol and drinking altogether. But it’s okay, I can get high with my legal medical marijuana here in a state where it is illegal to purchase your legal medical marijuana. Thanks for the Multiple Sclerosis Washington, thanks for taxing my vodka tonic three times, thanks for charging double what private liquor stores charge for bottles. I now know how it felt to women when I would say, “yeah, I’ll call you”. (Seriously people, you have the highest rates of MS in the world here, you have legal medical marijuana, but you can’t legally buy medical marijuana, do people know this?) This state is nuts.

  11. 13

    LD spews:

    More important, Wa will get to cut the crap out of their spending, since they can’t raise taxes any more.

  12. 15

    ld spews:

    Yes they Pissed away millions building an off ramp there a few years ago that they are going to now tear out in this rehash. Planning Zerooooo

  13. 16


    how can you expect a Pelosi-Republican like Stefan to understand the real Americans

    i.e. a horses ass – the Republican part seals the deal!

    I’m a happy camper. Last night proves that a right winger can’t buy everything even with 140 million bucks. And a horses patoot remains..

    Imagine Eastern Washington believing that “gubmint” does a better job with something.

  14. 17

    Daddy Love spews:

    What we saw can also be chalked up to “red” districts returning to their natural, post-Bush conditions, not to mention the apparent the enthusiasm gap that gave Republican a real edge.

    But here’s what I see as the problem NOW: the lesson of the GOP’s 2010 comeback is that if you’re going to fail, fail so spectacularly that your successors can’t possibly fix anything in time.

    That’s not going to be good for the country.

    The saving grace is that the Senate will just ignore the crazy shit coming out of the House.

  15. 18

    Daddy Love spews:

    The economy’s a wreck…but who’s to blame? Thirty-five percent of voters in early exit polls pin the blame on Wall Street. The next name on the list: former President Bush – 29 percent point their fingers in his direction. President Obama follows, at 24 percent.

    Maybe we’re not so dumb after all. Of course Republicans are going to tell us that we have to keep Wall Street happy. I’m thinking not so much.

  16. 19

    Daddy Love spews:

    Suppose you had $100,000 to invest on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated. … As of election day, Nov. 2, 2010, your $100,000 was worth about $177,000…

  17. 20

    Daddy Love spews:

    Oh, Cynical…

    Nate Silver from FiveThiryEight:

    While waiting for the remaining results to trickle in from states like Colorado and Alaska, I did a quick check on the accuracy of polls from the firm Rasmussen Reports, which came under heavy criticism this year — including from FiveThirtyEight — because its polls showed a strong lean toward Republican candidates.

    Indeed, Rasmussen polls quite consistently turned out to overstate the standing of Republicans tonight. Of the roughly 100 polls released by Rasmussen or its subsidiary Pulse Opinion Research in the final 21 days of the campaign, roughly 70 to 75 percent overestimated the performance of Republican candidates, and on average they were biased against Democrats by 3 to 4 points.

    But…but…they’re the most accurate pollster IN HUMAN HISTORY! Or something not very much like that.

  18. 23

    Paddy Mac spews:

    In rural areas, liquor stores are not run by the state. They’re run as independent businesses contracted by the state. In many stores you can buy ice and Budweiser and shot glasses and little pink umbrellas (and in some cases fishing lures or in MY store, original art!) People like that. AND you pay the same for a bottle of Jack Daniels in Pomeroy as you do in Seattle. For a bunch of people who have to pay 50 to 80 cents more per gallon for gas, that resonates. Those businesses were pretty good at getting that message out.

  19. 25

    Daddy Love spews:

    For the faux teabagger trolls in here who all “got religion” (read: repeated the talking points) this cycle, just know that Democrats will be laughing at you when the Republicans you put in office don’t to a damn thing about spending, because they never intended to. For Republicans, politics is all about steering money to oneself and one’s backers, and cutting spending does NOT do that. Although cutting taxes for the rich does.

    So expect the newly minted Republicans to continue their thirty-year trajectory of borrow-and-spend, for which I’m sure you will punish them severely. Not.

  20. 26

    jon spews:

    @1 Seems like you are desperate to grab onto something.

    Doesn’t it? I mean, Goldy hasn’t mentioned 1098, 1053, Herrera, or Reichert once in his “coverage” of the election, though they were sure front and center on HA for months BEFORE election night.

    1098 – one of his favs – sure took a thumping, eh?

  21. 27


    26 – heh. “tehstupid” runs strong in this State. So what’s new?

    Rossi’s well on track to being a three time loser and Scotty Raz has been exposed once and for all as in the tank for Faux News. In CA arrogant former CEO’s who offshored jobs couldn’t buy the power they coveted with their millions. Teh evil MSM they threw their millions at did good business.

    And the San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers.

    Enjoy whatever it is you’re feeling good about.

    “You dope”.

  22. 28

    the day after spews:

    But then, really, how can you expect a Pelosi-Republican like Stefan to understand the real Americans who live outside his posh, Green Lake neighborhood?

    Obviously you haven’t spent much time at Green Lake, Goldy – lots of working class homes in that area. But ya know what’s striking about your comment above? It was real Americans who turned back 1098, and supported Herrera and Reichert . . . the ones who according to you @1 were wrong and just didn’t know what they were doing. Yea, Goldy, sounds like you’re in touch with real Americans . . .

    What a hoot.

  23. 29

    merry go round spews:

    @27 Rossi’s well on track to being a three time loser

    Ha, Reichert IS a four time winner. In fact, EVERYTIME Goldy and his merry band at HA go after Reichert he wins by an even bigger margin: 51, 51, 53, 54.6. Maybe if Goldy backed Reichert he might have a better chance of ousting him! Too damm funny.

  24. 31

    Matty spews:

    This one totally struck me as the dirty little secret of hypocritical Eastern Washington free market ranting capitalists that are fervent Sunday churchgoers. They rail against government in puplic espousing free markets, but when they’re in the privacy of their own home with a ballot in hand–they start thinking about what their preacher tells them, temperance in their own life, and most importantly what OTHER people might do if liquor stores done away with. Philosophy gives way to fear and they vote contrary to what they say.

    Concur….Washington has a ways to go.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think the legislature will divine any direction out of this to privatize things.

  25. 32

    Joe Wert spews:

    Goldy: I had to laugh when I read your comments. I was looking at a map showing the results on 1100 & 1105 about 10 minutes before I read your comments and was thinking the same thing. I’m a Seattle liberal who never agrees with the red side of the state. What happened? Oh well, I wanted them both to fail but didn’t think it would happen, It was probably the most surprising result in yesterdays vote.

  26. 35

    Farmer Fred spews:

    I kind of echo @33. Most people in rural areas don’t want hard liquor at every corner; I don’t really think it came to down to a price or tax issue. Now if McDumbitt was my congressman, cheap booze would damn near be a necessity, hence the urban vote margins.

    Have a nice day,

    Farmer Fred