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  •  The new WA-01 district is quite bizarre (3+ / 0-)

    This is a non-partisan way of making the seat more competitive. Although I like Darcy Burner, I'm beginning to wonder if she might be competitive in the northern and eastern parts of the new district.

    •  She won't (4+ / 0-)

      When people talk about carpetbaggers from DC, I think they mean Burner, not DK. Yes, her "home" is here, but it's the image that matters. Koster-Burner would be a disaster.

      Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?

      by UncleDavid on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 01:45:57 PM PST

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      •  I hate you being right here (3+ / 0-)
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        gabjoh, ArkDem14, roadbear

        But you are.

        I love me some Darcy but going from being Executive Director of the Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation to representing the New Wa-1 is a tough proposition. Obviously the old Wa-8 was a tough stretch, the southern part of the district not being that sympathetic while the old Wa-1 would have been a great fit. New Wa-1? Well I'll keep my fingers crossed and a candle in the window. Because there are big differences between Bothell and Blaine that make the new District a much different animal.

        Darcy is smart and energetic but the question is whether she can look natural in the cattle barns at the Evergreen State Fair come August in Monroe. Whereas I bet Koster has pictures of him showing animals at the Fair as a young FFA (Future Farmer of America-Boy Scouts for manure kickers) lad.

        I wish her all the luck but the whole 'Microsoft millionaire' label starts losing its luster once you cross the Snoqualamie River and head north.

        •  do you know about the Daily Kos Elections subsite? (1+ / 0-)
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          I feel like you're giving some of the type of analysis that would be very welcomed over there.

          19, D, new CA-18 (home) new CA-13 (college). Economic liberal, social libertarian, fiscal conservative. -.5.38, -3.23 Check out my blog at politicohen.com

          by jncca on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 02:38:40 PM PST

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          •  Just moved from Wash to SF Bay Are (1+ / 0-)
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            Meaning my feel for Wa politics is likely approaching its stale date. By Nov even pigeons and seagulls will be turning up their noses at the hardened or moldy crust of my analysis.

            But thanks.

            •  we talk about all parts of the country (0+ / 0-)

              don't worry :) feel free to start commenting there if you desire.

              19, D, new CA-18 (home) new CA-13 (college). Economic liberal, social libertarian, fiscal conservative. -.5.38, -3.23 Check out my blog at politicohen.com

              by jncca on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 04:05:50 PM PST

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              •  Among its abundance of riches (1+ / 0-)
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                The SF Bay Area certainly has plenty of commenters on politics. I spent a lot of my boy hood in Marin and graduated from Los Gatos in what is now called Silicon Valley (though not yet then) and spent almost 20 years in the Berkeley/Oakland area so it is not like I don't have some knowledge, at least of things before 1993. And as I regain familiarity with local political and demographic developments will be more than willing to add my two cents where there seems to be some information gap.

                But FSM Almighty I suspect an ebb in the flow of informed ans semi-informed political commentary in the SF-Oakland-Berkeley zone demanding backfill by me will come along with the same regularity as local total eclipses of the sun.

                People around these parts have opinions. And an amazingly large net number know stuff that actually informs those opinions.

                Besides when I lived in the Pacific Northwest I used to tell a joke that was not really a joke at all:

                "when I left Berkeley I was the most conservative person I knew, when I got here I was the most leftist, funny thing my political views never changed"

                If I see an opening to add value I'll jump in. But it is not like I am in the same position as the only liberal in Kalispell Montana. In the Bay Area my political stance is equivalent to milk toast made with Wonder bread and non-fat milk. Neither filling nor stirring.

      •  I think so, too. (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm in WA-01 and I don't want to be saddled with Koster.  He's truly abysmal.  Driving around today I saw that there are already a lot of Koster signs up.  None for any of the Democrats.  Which is okay since the Primary isn't here yet and the Republicans around here really do invest in sinage over pretty much everything else (other than negative slime ads).  Anyway, not sure who I'll be voting for among the Dems.  I really don't think Darcy can carry this district.  She's too much of a celebrity progressive and that will leave all but the true believers in this district less than impressed with her.  I really have to watch the others more closely and try to figure out which one has the best chance of beating Koster.  It sucks that they did this to my district.  Time to move, I guess.

        They have created a world where everything is an opinion, and nothing is a fact, everybody is entitled to an opinion, and every opinion is equally valid.

        by SlowNomad on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 02:28:37 PM PST

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        •  She's not the only choice... (2+ / 0-)
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          What annoys me about Darcy-mania is that it's as if she were the only progressive in the race. I know I'm a Goodman groupie, but he is a fine progressive too, while tempered by having had Actual Legislative Experience and by being a practicing lawyer (his pro-marijuana stance is one I disagree with though, and may give him problems district-wide).

          But he doesn't stand a chance against the name rec of Laura Ruderman, or the money of Suzanne Delbene, let alone the netroots-love of Darcy. I'm having trouble getting enthusiastic about my district this time round (and, to repeat my disclaimer, I phone-banked, gave, and walked for Darcy last time).

          I want to remind everyone: 2012 isn't about electing Darcy Burner. It's much more crucially about electing Nancy Pelosi, which means even Laura would count.

          Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?

          by UncleDavid on Sat Mar 10, 2012 at 03:43:02 PM PST

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