The Seattle P-I’s Chris McGann has an article on Initiative 912, and in addition to the usual mean-spirited lying bullshit from the likes of GOPolitburo chair Chris Vance and I-912 spokesman Bret Bader, it also includes some mighty fine political analysis:
David Goldstein, founder of the liberal blog horsesass.org, said a big part of the grass-roots support for Initiative 912 was anger about the gubernatorial vote.
“They really sold it from Day One as getting back at Queen Christine,” he said. “It was a great move in terms of keeping their ratings going, because they moved from one big issue and used that to create another.”
Goldstein said the issues have snowballed.
He said polls show if Rossi, who as a state senator voted for a nickel-per-gallon gas tax in 2003, would come out in support of the gas tax, I-912 would fail.
Man… that Goldstein guy really knows what he’s talking about.
For weeks, Goldstein has been calling for Rossi to take a position. Rossi’s spokeswoman, Mary Lane, said Goldstein shouldn’t hold his breath.
“This is Christine Gregoire’s baby,” she said. “It’s her job to defend it.”
Lane said Rossi is “taking a well-deserved break from politics.”
Yeah… that’s right… if you’re going to take a break from politics, the first thing you need to get yourself… is a spokesperson.
Gimme a break. We all know Rossi’s running for governor in 2008, and when his spokesperson smugly refers to the controversy surrounding I-912 as “Christine Gregoire’s baby,” what she’s telling us is that her boss cares more about politics than policies.
If Gov. Gregoire had won by a couple thousand votes instead of a couple hundred… if there’d been no recount, no election contest, and no dishonest PR campaign designed to convince voters that the election was stolen… then there’d be no initiative. I-912 is Dino Rossi’s baby, and if it passes because its patron saint shrewdly and cynically remains silent, then the consequences are on his head.
And so I ask once again: “Where’s Rossi?” Here’s hoping this time, Lane lets her boss speak for himself.