Ride with Peter Goldmark

Peter Goldmark

Now, maybe I’m just talking out of my ass here, but I can’t help but think that this is the perfect Democrat to run in Eastern Washington.

Former GOPolitburo chair Chris Vance seems to think the Dems are merely running a hat for Congress, but in Peter Goldmark we’ve got ourselves a genuine cowboy with an impressive resume, who clearly shares the values of his community.

This race won’t be easy, but if Goldmark raises money, runs strong and catches a 1994 like wave, he can make Cathy McMorris a one-termer.


  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    About 30% to 35% of eastern Washington voters are Democrats, so there is SOME common sense over there. One has to assume not all of the remaining 65% to 70% are goose steppers, and maybe enough of the swing voters will realize the Republicans have completely lost it to vote sensibly this November.

  2. 2

    dj spews:

    RUFUS @ 39

    “A donk cowboy…LMFAO.”

    Yeah…almost as funny as a Wingnut pretending he knows the first fucking thing about cowboys! ROFLMFAO!

  3. 3

    dj spews:

    The Anti-Goldy @ 36

    Hey, punk, should you be on your way to the recruiter? It’s your war, now get off your fucking ass and sign-up!

  4. 4

    klake spews:

    Democrats have lots of ideas on how to reduce the deficit.

    Bring the troops home from Iraq.
    Stop Republican corruption.
    Cut corporate welfare.

    That should about take care of it.

    Commentby Roger Rabbit— 4/27/06@ 7:25 pm

    Roger what are smoking for your dinner tonight? Whom do you support the Socialist Democrats or the troops fighting for your country overseas? Let us start by removing all the programs that your friend LBJ started while he was in office. You know the chap that made it possibly for you to visit Viet Nam and come away a different person.

  5. 5

    Dave Gibney spews:

    Believe me, he’s a Democrat. We’re goning to take Tom Foley’s seat back. Cathy is just a Delay money spending Bush rubberstamper.

  6. 6

    Cliff spews:

    This is even funnier then you guys thinking you can beat Reichert with Burner.

    McMorris by 20pts.

  7. 7

    RUFUS spews:

    A donk cowboy…LMFAO. They should show a second cowboy with the caption “I wish I could quit you”. Ala brokeback.

  8. 8

    RUFUS spews:

    Hey, punk, should you be on your way to the recruiter? It’s your war, now get off your fucking ass and sign-up!

    Commentby dj— 4/27/06@ 10:59 pm

    Why would you care. It is not your ilk fighting so continue being a pussy and let the real men fight. Sheeeeesh.

  9. 10

    Richard Pope spews:

    If you go to the National Republican Congressional Committee website, you can see the issues that the Republicans claim to be standing for. Whether or not you agree with these issues, the Republicans are at least stating their position on the issues:


    By contrast, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee does not take a position on a single issue whatsoever, but can only bad-mouth Republicans:


  10. 11

    rhp6033 spews:

    Pope at #4:

    Same old game. Republicans give their rich friends the tax breaks, then say its the Democrat’s problem to identify which programs have to be cut to pay for it. So much for “fiscal responsiblity”. They just want to take the political credit for the tax break, but make the Democrats incur the political cost of paying for it.

    The Republicans never identified which programs they were going to cut to fund their tax breaks. They claimed it would be made up by cutting “fraud and waste” in government. Yet the last six years have shown massive Republican fraud and waste, a virtual looting of the federal treasury.

    Darcy can identify her spending cuts right after Reichart identifies his.

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    Richard Pope spews:

    Peter Goldmark complains about the federal deficit, which he states is somewhere around $500 billion this year.

    What is he proposing to do about it? What are ANY Democrats proposing to do about it?

    He could adopt Darcy Burner’s proposal — eliminate the federal deficit by cutting taxes and increasing spending.

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    eponymous coward spews:

    He does seem to have the Schweitzer-style resume and requisite attitude, but man, Eastern Washington’s a tough row to hoe these days.

    One can only hope the folks in Walla Walla and Newport are tired of a Do-Anything GOP Congress that serves as W’s lapdog…

  13. 15

    Winston Smith spews:

    We should take away every piece of infrastructure that was built in Eastern WA under Liberal administrations and let the dumb knuckleheads sink. For once they would be right. Liberals would be the source of their problems.

  14. 16


    Boy, I thought that Goldmark was having a fundraiser-contest where people paid for tickets and the winner got a horseback ride with Goldmark around his ranch. I’d chip in for that.

  15. 17

    rhp6033 spews:

    MSNBC Headline today: “House Republicans postpone ethics-bill debate”

    Quotes from the article:

    “House Republicans, divided over how to control special interest spending, struggled Thursday to save a lobbying overhaul bill….

    Republicans need unity to pass the legislation because it faces widespread Democratic opposition. Democrats say the package is weak and will do little to end abuses caused by lobbyists’ influence. Some Republicans were in accord with that.

    “We have a weak bill that people want to make weaker,” Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., a leading advocate of stronger change, said as he entered the private meeting.

    Shays said his own party was “totally clueless when it comes to the issues of reform and ethics.”


  16. 18

    LeftTurn spews:

    Looks like the religious right isn’t so religious or right. Looks like federal convict #74742626 Republican Deke Cunningham was being supplied by hookers.

    Federal prosecutors are investigating whether two contractors implicated in the bribery of former Rep. Randall “Duke” Cunningham supplied him with prostitutes and free use of a limousine and hotel suites, pursuing evidence that could broaden their long-running inquiry…

    Tell me again about the moral majority! HE HE!

  17. 19

    rujax206 spews:

    Hey ghosty-

    Checked out who the BananaRepublicans are helpin’ out on the farm front…clue: It AIN’T the little guy.

  18. 20

    Eddie Valiant aka Harry Tuttle aka Voter Advocate spews:

    rural anywhere USA [’goosesteppers’, ‘hillbillies’, and the ever-favorite ‘rednecks’]….

    You damn lying trolls can’t just continue to say these things.

    Goosesteppers can spawn almost anywhere in the world.

    Rednecks are poor Southerners

    Hillbillies are from the Great Smoky Mountains, my kin.

    When a hillbillie or redneck migrates to a Western state, they become Okies, Arkies and Texicans — even if they don’t come from those states.

    Get it straight, asshole.

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    christmasghost spews:

    there is an old old saying that goes “democrats in the white house, farmers in the poor house”……..it has proven true almost every time.
    since none of you have ever been farmers or ranchers and your obvious disdain for the people that FEED YOU is also pretty obvious….i.e your comments about anyone that lives in rural anywhere USA [‘goosesteppers’, ‘hillbillies’, and the ever-favorite ‘rednecks’]….the mere fact that you are now endorsing this guy is laughable to say the least.
    but keep it up…it will only kill his campaign.

  20. 22

    rhp6033 spews:

    Reply to 11:

    ““democrats in the white house, farmers in the poor house”……..it has proven true almost every time.”

    Another BIG LIE. When were farmers hurt the most economically? During the Hoover and Reagan administrations. Who did the most for farmers? Franklin Delanor Roosevelt. TVA brought electricity, a controlled water supply, and jobs to the rural South. The Bonneville Power Administration (enacted 1937) brought irrigation water and electricity to the Columbia River Valley. These were infrastructure and jobs programs that were bitterly opposed by Republicans at the time as being “socialist” projects.

    Now large Eastern Washington farmers and ranchers proclaim their indepence from the federal government and opposition to anything Democratic, yet react quite strongly when someone suggests that they start paying market rates for water or power provided at a discount under infrastructure created by FDR’s programs.

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    me spews:

    Hell, 50% of registered voters in the 5th CD are in Spokane County. You don’t need to win in Omak to win the 5th. Spokane gets most of it’s money form the tech sector, health-care and education. In otherwords: from Democratic stuff.

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    jkk of kennewick spews:

    Wow. This candidate seems like the kind of class act that if the Democrats had more of, I’d be more invested in the results. Ph.D, but chooses agriculture, obviously loves the country over here. I like what I see, and I think Goldy’s analysis of his suitability is perceptive.

    On the other hand, those that are stereotyping everyone on this side of the mountains as a bunch of idiots are exactly why I don’t lift a finger to help the Democratic Party no matter how sick the Republicans make me. Note to snobs: Dr. Goldmark isn’t the only person driving a pickup on this side of the mountains who has a college degree.

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    jkk spews:

    I guess when I speak for everyone in eastern Washington, I’ll answer the first question definitively. But from what I see and hear, very few over here throw around terms like ‘latte liberal’ except for the local Republican Goebbelses. Most here simply believe that Puget Sound doesn’t respect or value them. I see nothing in your words to suggest otherwise. That’s your prerogative, but don’t expect it to draw many of us non-aligned types flocking to your party’s banner.

    If you’re ready to trot out the ridicule, this is normally the point in these sort of conversations where that happens, so please at least make it entertaining and creative. You can’t alienate me any more than you already have, so I suggest you have your fun where you can. But please make it sharp-edged, so that it can penetrate the sheer density of my low-intellect eastern Washington skull. Otherwise I might be too busy adjusting the drag on my knuckles to catch the wit.

  24. 27

    Eddie Valiant aka Harry Tuttle aka Voter Advocate spews:


    isn’t the only person driving a pickup on this side of the mountains who has a college degree.

    I don’t have anything against people who drive pickup trucks who have a reason to drive them. I’d imagine a SUV is a reasonable mode of transportation around Snoqualamie Pass, and a 4X4 would be handy on muddy trails through pastures.

    I do see a lot of F-150s in Seattle that are so high off the ground that you couldn’t get a shovel full of dirt in the bed without a ladder. I think these guys are taking their pickups over to your side of the mountains to raise hell. Tearing up the hills there and wasting gas here.

    The only discouraging word from a liberal I saw was someone who wanted to remove the pork from guys like Tom Foley and see how the Republican voters would like it.

    If you’re a born Okie, Arkie or Texican, my apologies. I guess.

  25. 28

    Another TJ spews:

    It’s the “Day of Silence” (snicker… God, if only…), so shut up!

    Commentby HowCanYouBePROUDtobeAnASS— 4/27/06@ 3:55 pm

    Yesterday was the day of silence. Today is the day of truth.

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    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    @16: Fair enough. We Dems aim to please. So when will the folk in E. Washington stop referring to libs on the coast as “nanny staters”, “limo libs”, “latte lovers”, etc. You get the picture?

    Let’s get real here. We on the coast subsidize many of YOUR state services. This goes both ways. When will you stop biting the hand that feeds you?

    Pot. Meet kettle. Or–if you see a candidate you like, work to get them elected. If the party affiliation somehow bothers you, then obviously there’s more involved here than a little bit of name calling. So what is it?

  27. 30

    Eddie Valiant aka Harry Tuttle aka Voter Advocate spews:


    So, you were born in Oklahoma, Arkansas or Texas?

    Even if you were, I can’t believe everyone in Eastern Washington is as thin skinned as you.

    So, I’ll just mark you down as another troll. Just like the ghost.

    Congratulations, your trolling worked.

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    dj spews:

    RUFUS @ 42

    “Why would you care.”

    Ohhh…I guess I think that the assholes who support Bush’s incompetent military adventurism ought to be the first in line to to put their asses on the line.

    You, on the other hand, they wouldn’t take—at least not without first getting some good mental health intervention to get past your fucked-up paranoid persecution complex.

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    harry poon spews:

    re 22: Well klake, I guess the 2 billion dollars that Republicans just cut from veterans health care should be a boon to these soldiers when they return. Hope they finally got some decent flak jackets!

  30. 34

    harry poon spews:

    re 11: 1929, was, I believe , presided over by a Republican president. The problem was that too much product was reaching market and prices were so low that farmers were defaulting on their equipment payments. Then the Dustbowl hit ( under a Republican President again.

    It took the New Deal under Democrats, of course, who fixed things by paying farmers NOT to grow so much.

  31. 35

    jkk spews:

    24. Sorry you feel that way. However, I wasn’t addressing you but rather the ProudToBeAnAss poster. You didn’t pose a question, so I assumed that my reference to one made that clear.

  32. 37

    Green Thumb spews:

    Harry @ 29:

    Yup — it was the “socialism” of FDR who stabilized American agriculture for many years by putting in place a vast (and in many ways a highly successful) infrastructure. Think about it: Price supports, conservation districts, agricultural research, rural electrification, dam construction (whose water turned deserts into bountiful agricultural regions) . . . the list goes on.

    Indeed, one could argue quite strongly that Eastern Washington agriculture would be in the dark ages today without the the New Deal.

    Meanwhile, what have the Republicans given us? Remember Earl Butz, Ag Secretary for Nixon, who argued that farmers should “get big or get out”? That has been a dominant Republican policy ever since. How has does that help the “little guy” in Eastern Washington?

    Christmasghost is too busy hacking for his Republican masters to speak about ag policy in an honest way.

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    Proud To Be An ASS spews:

    @23: Oh, please. Where do you find this “liberal superiority” complex in Western Washington? In the Times or PI? Hardly. How about the 35-40% of those over here who regularly, but futilely vote for Republicans? I didn’t think so. In the publicity or platform of the Wa. State Democratic Party? No? So where do you find this overwhelming evidence? A few comments on Goldy’s little blog? Hardly convincing.

    Your persecution complex on this matter is sadly all too common. I know. I grew well into my 30’s in eastern Washington. I’ve seen more than enough of both sides of this faux “issue”.

    As stated previously. If you like Goldmark, and his positions on the issues–then work for him. I ask only that you stop projecting. Fair enough?

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    klake spews:

    re 22: Well klake, I guess the 2 billion dollars that Republicans just cut from veterans health care should be a boon to these soldiers when they return. Hope they finally got some decent flak jackets!

    Commentby harry poon— 4/27/06@ 5:47 pm

    harry poon we all have the latest flak jackets today thanks for your fine support. I will have them hold one for you for your trip to Iraq. We need fine folks like you to support us in the battlefield like Roger did in Viet Nam.

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    Eddie Valiant aka Harry Tuttle aka Voter Advocate spews:


    Yeah, those Eastern Washingtonians have sure been screwed by the Democratic Party. Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River Project, Bonneville Electric. There was quite a glitch with the Hanford part of the Manhattan Project, but who are the pols trying to clean that up now? Nethercutt? Dunn? Hastings? I don’t think so.

    How about Cantwell and Murray, and the Dems in the House.

    Oh, but how worried they are that they’ll have to pay for the Viaduct and I-5, they don’t mind shipping from Tacoma and Seattle, though.

  36. 41

    Puddybud spews:

    Hairy PoonTang@31: Uhhh, KLake is a soldier. Looks like you missed the memo on ASSes. Yes you are way on your way to becoming the fifth dull knife of ASSes!

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    Roger Rabbit spews:


    Democrats have lots of ideas on how to reduce the deficit.

    Bring the troops home from Iraq.
    Stop Republican corruption.
    Cut corporate welfare.

    That should about take care of it.

  38. 44

    Roger Rabbit spews:


    “He could adopt Darcy Burner’s proposal – eliminate the federal deficit by cutting taxes and increasing spending.” Commentby Richard Pope— 4/27/06@ 2:14 pm

    Richard, you’re confused — that’s Bush’s program.