There, I said it — Susan Hutchison opposes a woman’s right to reproductive freedom — and I’ve intentionally said it as a statement of fact. Hutchison opposes reproductive rights as defined by Roe v. Wade, and supports overturning that landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision. No caveats, no prevarication, no couching the assertion as mere opinion or belief or speculation; Hutchison is anti-Choice.
And I’ll go one step further by freely admitting that I am making this statement of fact with the malicious intent of damaging Hutchison’s reputation with King County’s majority Pro-Choice voters. Now that’s a libel case in the making… assuming I’m wrong. Which I’m not, and which is why Hutchison will never sue me for defamation, despite the fact that all she would need to do to prove me wrong is simply refute my assertion under oath.
The headline in today’s Seattle Times states that Hutchison “steers clear of abortion rights questions,” but that is an understatement to say the least. Hutchison isn’t steering clear of the question, she is lying, both to voters and to the press. It may be a lie of omission, but it is lie nonetheless, and she deserves to be publicly raked over the coals for showing such blatant disrespect for our democratic process.
(And by the way, when I say that Hutchison is lying, I mean that not as my opinion, but as a statement of fact. Susan Hutchison is a liar. And if she thinks such a blunt assertion is defamatory, well, we already know she knows how to hire an attorney, so she should feel free to sue me.)
No, it’s not Hutchison who’s been steering clear of abortion rights questions, but members of the media, who while gingerly pointing out her obfuscation, refuse to follow my lead by calling her bluff. I mean honestly, what reasonably honest and intelligent person wouldn’t firmly conclude from Hutchison’s consistent lack of forthrightness that she opposes legal abortion, opposes your right to a legal abortion, and if elected Executive cannot be trusted to support unrestricted family planning services to low-income women at county funded health clinics?
Specifically, Mitchell said that Hutchison filled out the group’s questionnaire, but gave an incomplete response to a key question. It asked if she supported a woman’s right to reproductive freedom as defined by Roe v. Wade, Hutchison replied that she would uphold the law of the land, according to Mitchell.
Does she really think voters are that stupid, let alone members of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington?
“We then told her we would need a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on that queston if she wanted an endorsement. When we made it clear that’s what was required, she declined to answer. We left on a positive note,” Mitchell said. “She didn’t say she wasn’t pro-choice but didn’t say she was, which is what we need to happen.”
Which is why Hutchison refused to answer, because she knows very well that she couldn’t possibly get the organization’s support if she honestly answered no.
Hutchison said she didn’t “want to make their litmus test an issue in this race.”
Though Hutchison has absolutely no problem with speaking openly on other litmus tests, that don’t hurt her standing with the electorate. What a dishonest, disingenuous, disrespectful liar. And she’s been lying about herself and her politics since the day she and her phony smile got into this race.
No, one’s standing on issues and one’s party affiliation don’t tell you everything you need to know about a candidate, but so-called “litmus tests” and party labels do give the average voter a good idea of whether or not the candidate generally shares their values. That’s why despite giving thousands of dollars to Republican candidates (and only Republicans), despite receiving contributions and endorsements almost exclusively from Republicans, and despite nearly running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican, Hutchison, running in an overwhelmingly Democratic county stridently refuses to acknowledge that she is a lifelong and active member of the GOP. And a member of its conservative wing at that.
That there is a large segment of voters who don’t know this is a disgrace, and that there are surely many Democrats who will cast a vote for the nice lady from TV, unaware of her conservative Republican bona fides, is a corruption of our electoral process. Whatever you may think of her as a person, and her careers in TV and philanthropy, Susan Hutchison the candidate is a lie. And it’s a lie that can only succeed in November if our local media remains complicit in their polite silence.