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View Diary: WA-Gov, WA-01: Democrat Jay Inslee will reportedly resign to focus on gubernatorial run (130 comments)

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  •  Isn't McKenna stuck unable to raise money... (4+ / 0-)
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    susanWAstate, Eric Nelson, gabjoh, myboo

    because of a special session or something?  This could give Inslee a leg up.  

    •  Yeah, he is (7+ / 0-)

      The silver lining of the budget debacle and the special session is that it will hamstring McKenna, in more ways than one. He will be unable to raise money, and the antics of the Republicans in the legislature will make him look bad. The fact that the budget passed in the Senate by the Republican minority makes even more cuts to education gives the lie to McKenna's supposed commitment to raising education funding.

      •  Was this a trap by Dems... (2+ / 0-)
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        Eric Nelson, gabjoh

        Or did the three Dems who voted with the GOP on the budget really support it?

        •  The latter (3+ / 0-)
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          Eric Nelson, PhilW, gabjoh

          They are longtime DINOs.

          If only donkeys could have elephant balls... Occupy!

          by chuckvw on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 12:41:42 PM PST

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        •  If it was a trap, it was an elaborate one (3+ / 0-)
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          Eric Nelson, ArkDem14, roadbear

          I think the three Dems who voted with the GOP on the budget really supported it, for the usual stupid reasons. They're the kind that would. One of them, Tim Sheldon, is hardly even a Democrat and just about every other Democrat in the state senate wishes he'd get it over with and switch parties. Another, Kastama, is basically a Blue Dog/New Democrat/Third Way sort of Dem who represents a working class, suburban district in South King. And the third, Rodney Tom, who I previously had high hopes for, used to be a Republican. He switched parties a few years back.

          The head of Ways and Means in the state senate, Ed Murray, knew that the Republicans were up to something and that they were courting the votes of conservative Democrats to make it happen. However, it was still something of a shock when it happened.

          I would say it's more accurate to say that the Republicans may have been hoist by their own petard, and have fallen into a trap of their own making.

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