Untargeted mailings

I received a mailing from Susan Hutchison. It’s vapid, empty, and nonspecific (apparently, she’s for accountability, against waste, and supports small business, jobs and the environment), but that’s all really beside the point. The point is, I received a mailing from Susan Hutchison.

Quite frankly, I don’t remember the last time I’ve received a mailing from a Republican. What little information there is in the voting roles about party affiliation (zip code and participation in presidential primaries), there’s enough to mark me as a strong Democrat in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, so Republican campaign consultants generally assume that it’s a complete and utter waste of money mailing me literature. And rightly so.

But not Hutchison’s.

Either the Hutchison campaign is not efficiently targeting their mailing lists, or, as I’m guessing is more likely the case, they’ve made the strategic decision that they’ll have enough money to target strong Democrats in the hope that we won’t have enough information to know that Hutchison has long been a partisan, conservative Republican.

This is, of course, the major drawback to our new “nonpartisan” elections for county offices; by removing the R or the D next to the candidates’ names we deny voters one of the most useful pieces of information in determining where candidates stand on crucial issues. That is, we end up with a less informed electorate.

And that is exactly what Hutchison is counting on.


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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Goldy spews–

    I received a mailing from Susan Hutchison. It’s vapid, empty, and nonspecific

    Kind of like Barrack O-blah-blah-blah, huh?
    Seems a bit disingenuous for you to gripe about this strategy when Obama used it to get elected.
    Obama is plummetting in polls because only now we are getting the details of his plans.

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    Perfect Voter spews:

    No, Cynical, kind of like Sarah Palin.

    I’m confident King County voters will see through Ms. Hutchison the same way they saw through Ms. Palin.

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    headless lucy spews:

    re 1: Obama has ‘plummetted’ from 60% to 53% approval — which is still higher than Reagan’s highest score of 52% approval.

    Live by the sword — die by the sword.

  4. 5

    ArtFart spews:

    Hey, Goldy…

    Maybe you should extend an official invitation to Ms. Hutchison to come to DL next week and explain exactly what all that applehood-and-mother-pie rhetoric really is supposed to mean.

    You can even tell her she can expect us to be nice, because…well, we probably will. Unlike the folks showing up at all those “town meetings”.

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    Now you see it spews:

    #3 Gotta say a good 20% of Obama’s approval was always just “not being Bush”. Keep in mind the last Republican president was the least popular president of all time since polls were kept on such things. So All Obama has to do to beat W’s “legacy” is not leave office with 22% approval. I’m thinking he can do that…LOL.

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    Oooo, I sure hope I get one of those.

    But surely Hutchison’s puppetmasters are astute enough to stay away from someone who’s even more definitively marked as a D than Goldy is … I’m the elected PCO for my precinct. In a Seattle LD that’s every bit as overwhelmingly Democratic as Goldy’s.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I just read in the news that Bill Clinton met with Kim Jong Il in North Korea and persuaded him to release the 2 Americans held by that country.

    Just watch, the wingnuts will be all over this.

  8. 10

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Wingnut Logic

    Good: Reagan secretly paying ransom to Iran’s ayatollahs in the form of arms to spring American embassy hostages.

    Bad: Clinton talking North Korea into freeing American captives.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @8 Darcy Burner has a degree in economics from Harvard but you’re too ignorant to realize that.

  10. 13

    The Hutch spews:

    I’m reviewing the situation. Might have to change my ballot if Our Suzie has a godless atheist leftist fanatic like you on her mailing list.

  11. 15

    Sugar Daddy BigBucks spews:

    Where’s my Love Daddy? Acted like he wanted to rumble about common books and play in the parks, but then he walked out of my life.

    Sometimes, like Richie Havens, I feel like a fatherless child.

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    Prayer Warrior spews:

    I’m her documented proof. God talks to me about talking to Suzie, then the three of us get on the Princess Phone party line and agree that our prayers are wasted on YLB, who’s totally wasted and total FUBAR.

  13. 17

    Darcy Christ Superstar spews:

    Maybe Darcy has a degree in (home) economics from Harvard.

    And maybe Lee has a degree in (sanitation) engineering. Not that he needed to go to school for that, not at McNeil Island.

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    YellowPup spews:

    I got one of these Hutchison mailings over the weekend. It went right into the shredder. I recycle, so no doubt it will reappear in toilet paper form someday.

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    Norm Mailings spews:

    So how are you Goldycrats going to divide the graveyard vote on the 18th? Suggest you do it the Chicago Way: let the dead-vote go the fattest fat cat … and they don’t come any fatter than Nickle Bag Nickels.

    (Course if we say ‘nickle bag’ too loudly, we’ll get trampled by Lee looking for his afternoon delight.)

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    shredder spews:

    Hope she’s recycled as #50 grit, yellow dog. No Charmin for your asshole, asshole.

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    pudless lucy spews:

    Reagan’s highest score of 52% approval …

    Uh huh. Let’s start with 1984 and the tracking poll at the polls:

    Reagan carried 49 of the 50 states … Mondale’s only electoral votes came from his home state of Minnesota—which he won by fewer than 3,800 votes—and the District of Columbia, which has always been considered a Democratic guarantee. Reagan’s 525 electoral votes (out of 538) is the highest total ever received by a presidential candidate. Mondale’s 13 electoral votes is also the 2nd-fewest ever received by a second-place candidate, second only to Alf Landon’s 8 in 1936. In the national popular vote, Reagan received 58.8% to Mondale’s 40.6%.

    - via Wiki

    Believe 52% was the low point of his second term, deep in Iran-Contra about which Newbie Rabbit is obsessed. So fucking ask him to lift you out of your ignorance.

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    X'ad spews:

    Ekim spews:


    But Suzie does claim that God talks to her. Where is her documented proof?

    We’re waiting for it to fall out of the sky like the rest of the Bible did.

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    headless lucy spews:

    re 13: God is everywhere.There’s an especially large vacuum for Him to occupy between your ears.

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    Piper Scott spews:


    If all you can do is cite uber-left-wing sources for your approval ratings, then you might as well pack it in and call it a life.

    While in office, the approval rating for Ronaldus Magnus Reaganus hit the 70’s. His approval rating at the end of his second term was 63 percent.

    His average approval rating was 52.8 percent.

    Try some real research next time instead of simply relying upon FAIR.

    The Piper

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    GBS spews:

    Well, Piper @ 25 just proved that approval rating don’t mean squat!

    Because Ronald Reagan and his political philosophy carried out by all the “Reagan Republicans” is precisely the reason for the all the major problems this nation faces today.

    At the time, his views were new and seemed to make sense to people.

    We tried it for nearly 30 years.

    It failed.

    And, it cost America over 30 Trillion dollars experimenting with Reaganism.

    Lesson learned. Just in case you missed your short bus to cluetown America is never, EVER going to implement Reaganism again.

    Birthers and teabaggers!!

    Sheeeeeez, talk about becoming totally unhinged and out of step with mainstream America as a national party. Only the Whigs went farther, but not much and you guys are close to joining them.

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    X'ad spews:

    Why is piper with all his Scottish hooplah (and I’ll bet THEY’RE just DELIGHTED to have him using them as a prop) pretending to be an expert on American things? Wouldn’t it be appropriate to have someone who loved America enough not to pretend to be Scottish going on about the place?

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    headless lucy spews:

    re 25: Reagan’s highest was 68% (reportedly) and others say his highest was 43%.

    I think my middle of the road estimate is the most honest. (I notice that you bumped his highest reported rating up 2 points — speaking of honesty.)

    Reagan’s LOWEST/HIGHEST public approval was in foreign affairs coming in at a dismal 46%. That might have had something to do with his criminality and dishonesty: “Gee whiz! I know it was illegal, but it didn’t feel illegal….” Ronald ‘Dipshit’ Reagan

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    Piper Scott spews:


    Bumped it up two points? I said the approval rating for Ronaldus Magnus Reaganus hit the 70’s, and it did.

    Odd how so many of you are still fixated on him even though he’s been out of office over 20 years and dead for over five.

    Might check your mental health benefits at whatever job you don’t do well at.

    The Piper

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    ” … she’s for accountability, against waste, and supports small business, jobs and the environment”

    I’m for accountability, against waste, and I support small business, jobs and the environment, too, but I’m also for peace, health care, and little children.

    Since Hutchison didn’t mention peace, health care, or little children, I infer that she’s for war, against health care, and hates little children.

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    correctnotright spews:

    Who gives a crap about Reagan – his revolution failed, he created the largest budget deficits in history and he was basically senile during his last term and could not even remember the illegal stuff he approved for Iran-contra – you know, bribing the Iranians with drug money.

    the last two term republican president was bush – a total, abject failure who also created the largest budget deficit in history AND created the worst economy. Yet Bush was so out of touch he insisted the “fundamenals of the economy” were strong, even as it was already in a recession during his last year.

    He invaded a country that was not athreat to us – Iraq. And wasted over 1 TRILLION dollars over there – so we could install an Islamic republic allied with Iran.

    Yup, some legacy. His adminstration bankrupted the country, tainted the justice system, lied about virtually everything including outing a CIA agent and ignored the science of the his own departments.

    What a total loser. the guy could not string two complete sentences together in a meaningful way. There is no comparison to Obama – Obama is at an intellectual level that is so far above the ignorant Bush – it is not even funny.

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    mark spews: