The Iron’s folk are touting a new SurveyUSA poll showing David Irons leading Ron Sims 46 percent to 43 percent, with 7 percent going to Green Party candidate Gentry Lange, and 4 percent undecided. Good for them. Tout it all they want. Maybe they’ll knock some sense into the heads of the stupid, arrogant fucks on my side of the political spectrum who’d rather send a message than… um… win.
So to all you proto-Naderites out there, I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to pull your heads out of your asses and join me in the real world, where believe it or not, there really is a difference between Democrats and Republicans. You want to elect more progressive candidates? Then roll up your sleeves and do some heavy lifting by joining organizations like Progressive Majority in recruiting, training and supporting progressive candidates at the local level, so that we can build a progressive farm team from which future political superstars will rise. But if you’re just too lazy to do what it takes to win… or you really want to hand King County over to a bush league Bush-Republican like Irons, then you go ahead and cast your precious protest vote… just like the Republicans want you to do.
See, this race really is too close to be either complacent or stupid, and while I’d still rather be in Sims’ shoes right now, Irons could definitely win if enough Democrats and moderate independents don’t take him seriously. And an Irons victory would be a travesty, not just for the county, but for Democrats… giving the GOP an undeserved advantage heading into the 2006 election season and beyond.
So let this poll be fair warning, we have a choice this November between two candidates, Sims and Irons: an experienced executive who shepherded the county through tough economic times, putting it on its most secure financial footing in its history… versus a pathological liar with a fictionalized resume who will surely serve the gambling and building industry interests who finance him. You may not be happy with that choice, but that’s the choice you have.
And to my friends in the Green Party, whose ideology I mostly embrace, I remind you that the blood of 2000 American soldiers and untold thousands of innocent Iraqis is on your hands, not mine. I think I speak for many of my fellow progressives in saying that you lost our respect in 2000 when the pigheaded Nader campaign gave the White House to George Bush…. but should Lange prove the difference in the county executive race, this time you will earn my contempt. For in the immortal words of the first Green president:
“Fool me once, shame on… shame on you. Fool me… you can’t get fooled again.”
Don’t get fooled again: a vote for Lange is a vote for Irons.