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The locals in Washington will be celebrating tonight, as they've always known this race was competitive.

Republican officials scoffed when Darcy Burner -- a former executive with computer software giant Microsoft but a first-time candidate for public office -- emerged as the Democratic challenger to freshman GOP Rep. Dave Reichert in Washington's 8th District. The Republicans contended Burner was a weak choice to take on Reichert, who won a close 2004 race in the politically competitive suburban Seattle district on the strength of his long tenure as the elected sheriff of King County.

But Burner's strong debut as a campaign fundraiser and her growing list of endorsements from key Democratic support groups have made it harder for her opposition to argue that she is a "B-list" recruit. Though Reichert appears to maintain at least a slight edge in the fall contest, has changed its rating on the race to its more competitive Leans Republican category from Republican Favored.

Burner got her latest boost on Monday when the Sierra Club, a leading environmentalist group, announced its support for her.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic party's House campaign arm, placed her on a short list of challengers who are receiving enhanced fundraising assistance and logistical support from the party, and is backed by the influential political action committee EMILY's List, which supports Democratic women candidates who favor abortion rights.

Reichert is high on the Democrats' target list because his district's voters are divided almost evenly between the two parties. Reichert's record as sheriff -- which included capture of the notorious "Green River" serial killer -- enabled him to defeat Democrat Dave Ross, a well-known Seattle-based radio talk show host, in 2004 with 51.5 percent and a 5 percentage-point margin. But at the same time, a shift of swing voters gave Democrat John Kerry a 51 percent to 48 percent edge over President Bush in the 8th.

That made Reichert one of just 17 House Republicans elected in a district that went Democratic for president.

As a result, this year's 8th District race is widely viewed as one of the key contests that will measure the impact on House Republicans in marginal districts of the sharp dropoff in Bush's popularity -- and support for the war in Iraq that the president initiated -- since the 2004 election.

The rewards and risks of Reichert's ties to Bush were evident after the president attended a joint fundraiser for the candidate and the state Republican Party in Seattle in June. The event netted $400,000 for Reichert's campaign -- but gave the Burner camp the pretext for portraying the incumbent as a "rubber stamp" for the Bush administration.

It was because of the local excitement and organizing and buzz building that we added Darcy Burner to the netroots Actblue page. Once they're done celebrating, they can get back to the hard work of winning this race.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 10:56 AM PDT.

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  •  put up (1+ / 0-)
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    the donate and volunteer tags.

  • GOP is safe it should be. (1+ / 0-)
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    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 10:50:40 AM PDT

    •  From your post to Buddha's ear (1+ / 0-)
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       Yes, let the word go out through out the land, no GOP is safe.  We will fight in fifty states for school boards, for state legislatures, for congress and the White House and we won't stop untii we take our country back!  Average Americans standing up for our country and standing for office.  No more professional politicians, and expert consultants telling us what to do. The hope of democracy and the work of democracy is self government. We are the government and we need to get it out of the clutches of the corrupt few who would sell us out for their own gain.  
        There is something in the air and it is not just the smell of war and corruption and polution. A freshette of freedom is blowing across the brow of hard working Americans suffering in the heat of global warming and the terrible costs of war. Soon a mighty wind will sweep the chicken hawks and thieves from the halls of the people. Maybe not today, or even this November but it will come and it has started already.  No GOP is safe nor shall they ever be as long as citizens do their duty and take responsibility for governing themselves.  
      (Sorry, about the flowery language , hope does that to me.)

      Everybody eats, nobody hits.

      by upperleftedge on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 11:12:21 AM PDT

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  •  great news, best of luck (1+ / 0-)
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    Great great news for Washingtonians

    I hope we can get that kind of attention here in MI-9 where Nancy Skinner is likely to face Joe Knollenburg in November.  This is also a district where Kerry was within a pt or two of Bush's total.  

    Help Nancy at

  •  It's especially nice (0+ / 0-)

    to see her get the Sierra Club endorsement, since Reichert has been expertly stage-managed in how to try to create a pro-environment image while not actually voting for it (for example voting against ANWR drilling on procedural votes, but voting for it actually counts, i.e. when it's inextricably buried in a budget bill)... and that's seemingly been enough to bamboozle the Sierra Club in the past (like with their persistent Chaffee endorsements).

    •  Links (2+ / 0-)
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      Ah, finally found the links I was dimly remembering, regarding the ANWR flip-flop, and more generally contrasting the "moderate" votes Reichert took when it didn't matter versus the conservative votes he took when the chips were down.

    •  Reichert's the dirtiest kind of poser... (0+ / 0-)

      He posed as a moderate so he would get elected. I believe that his recent support for stem cell research was just another political ploy to appease the moderates in the district. My mother lives in the district and she just volunteered to campaign for Darcy! I hope more people join her, and I hope she becomes a regular for Kos to write about. She needs our support!

  •  Eastside Tsunami (1+ / 0-)
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    This is the big one in our neck of the woods.

    I can't see us winning the House this year without winning WA-8.  And I can't see us winning WA-8 without winning the House.

    Anyone looking to make a difference in WA this year should be finding their way to the 8th.

    •  Don't forget (1+ / 0-)
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      about Sen. Cantwell.  I'm sure she'll win reelection, but that will only happen if the Maria-haters who are still mad about her war vote decide that she's a better senator than Mike McGavick would be.  Just as we can't win the House without winning WA-8, we can't win the Senate without holding Maria's seat.

      •  And Darcy doesn't win without Maria, either (0+ / 0-)
        Darcy doesn't win WA-08 unless Maria -- at the top of this year's ticket -- pulls robust turnout and healthy margins.

        Likewise in WA-05, where Peter Goldmark's slim but conceivable chances would evaporate unless Dem's bring a lot of energy to the big race on the ballot.

        None Dare Call It Stupid!

        by RonK Seattle on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 01:19:21 PM PDT

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      •  Bellweather (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not complacent about Maria's race, and undoubtedly those of us who are antiwar need to get solidly behind her re-election.  It's obviously important that we keep the seat.

        But let's face it -- if Maria's race ends up being close it's a sign that we won't make much headway against the GOP majorities in Congress.  Though there have been some close calls, the Republicans haven't won a major statewide race in Washington since (long pause to think) maybe 1994.  The state has long been trending blue.  Bush is deeply unpopular here.

        Even if McGavick continues to run a tactically strong race, Cantwell should have unsurmountable advantages.  I'd be surprised if she ends up with less than 54% of the vote (which is what Kerry got) when all is said and done.

        WA-05 is an interesting one, but I think it will take a national blowout along the lines of '64 or '94 to flip that one.  (Not that I wouldn't want to see it).

        That's why I think it's the 8th that will tell us whether this is a Democratic year or not.  Maria can win re-election with or without a national tide.  But if a newcomer like Darcy Burner can take out an incumbent like Reichert in a traditionally red suburban district, we'll know it won't be the only good news on Nov. 7.


        •  Reflection, not bellweather (0+ / 0-)

          Yes, but given our geography, by the time we know Darcy has won, all the other good news around the country will already be known, so her race won't give us a window on the Cantwell race.  

          I take some exception to your characterization of the 8th as a "traditionally red suburban district" since it, like the state, has been trending blue, but nit picks aside, we'll all be delighted.

          In the end Goldmark might surprise us (I'm having trouble distinguishing hope from prospects).

          •  No, it really is a traditionally red district. (0+ / 0-)

            Look how long Jennifer Dunn held the district.  The 8th district has basically sent Republicans to DC ever since it was created.

            That said, the past 10 years or so have seen substantial demographic shifts in the 8th.  It is a much more suburban, educated, white-collar district now than it used to be.  Microsoft's growth over the past 10 years has brought thousands and thousands of families into the district, who in order not to commute over the I-90 and SR-520 bridges, have moved to Bellevue, Redmond (particularly the Redmond Plateau), and Issaquah.  Tech-sector workers tend to be progressive-leaning.

            In my opinion, this is because anybody who has to interact with computers in order to make a living--particularly as programmers or IT people--ends up with a deeply-held sense of reality-based thinking: computers don't give you an inch.  They don't let you fudge on anything.  They don't let fallacious thinking slide just because one's ideology may say something different from what the facts of the situation say.  Working with computers gives one a strong sense of fact-based pragmatism, which expresses itself politically as a tendancy towards progressive ideals.

            Microsoft isn't the only company to bring these kinds of people to the 8th: Nintendo has a big presence here, as do a number of bio-tech firms (which, being basically scientific companies, have many of the same demographics).

            There's no doubt that the 8th is historically a red, much more rural, district.  But that's all changing, and this is the year the needle is going to tip towards the blue.

  •  Perhaps we'll a comment or diary (1+ / 0-)
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    from Ms. Burner her-kossak-self?

    Thinking men can not be ruled. --Ayn Rand

    by Wisper on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 11:03:15 AM PDT

  •  Well it's about time! (0+ / 0-)

    This is a heck of a great race.  Burner is a wonderful candidate.  I can honestly say that I have never been as excited about a political candidate in my whole life as I have about Burner.

    Her opponent, Dave Reichert, is dead scared to debate her (nice going, Mr. ex-sherrif-tough-guy), because she knows he'd clean his clock.

    And she'll clean his clock in November, too, if we give her the support she needs.  Come on, Kossacks!  Send her some love!

    Disclaimer: I hold no position with the Burner campaign other than ardent supporter.  After all, she's going to be my representative!

    •  Er, gender confusion... (0+ / 0-)

      That should say: "he knows she'd clean his clock."

      Of course, you all probably figured that out already.  But for the record and all that...

    •  Are they going to debate? (1+ / 0-)
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      If she's as good as you say she is, I hope she publically calls for a debate. If Reichert publically refuses he'll look like a pansy.

      •  They will if he agrees to it... (0+ / 0-)

        You're right, though.  It would be good to hear her call more loudly--and more often--for debates.  I just went poking around on her website because I remembered seeing a blog entry there about her debate challenge, but I can't find it now.  It seems to have fallen off the front page, which means that it's time for a new challenge!

        Come on, Darcy!  Keep his feet to the fire!

  •  No signs of Darcy in WA-08 (0+ / 0-)

    I know it's still early, but I haven't seen any signs up or heard any ads for her. Outside DailyKos and the Northwest blogs, there doesn't seem to be much buzz yet about this race.

    Part of that I'm sure is (again) because it's still early, but also I think there has to be a sharper distinction between the two candidates. Also, has she done campaign events at Crossroads / Bellevue Square / Microsoft / Boeing / Marymoor Park / etc? It's awfully quiet around here.

    Also, she should challenge Reichart to a debate, since he apparently hates debates.

    •  Signs are coming... (2+ / 0-)
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      Signs are expensive, particularly when you care about things like getting them printed at a union shop and such.

      I made this same comment to Darcy last wednesday when I saw her at a fundraiser, and she explained that once again, it's all about messaging and money.  Or specifically, the message that money sends.  Basically, in order to keep momentum going and change perceptions (like getting this race upgraded), she needed to have large cash-on-hand figures at the end of last quarter.  Which, in turn, means holding off on ordering the signs until after the reporting deadline.

      She assured me that the signs would be available soon.  I can't wait!  My yard has a corner by our cul-de-sac where everybody will see it every day when they swing around the mailboxes to get their mail.

    •  P.S.: debates (1+ / 0-)
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      Boss Tweed

      Oh, and she has challenged Reichert to a debate.  She has basically said "name the time, name the place, I'll be there."

      Reichert is the one preventing debates from happening.

    •  She's making the rounds (3+ / 0-)
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      Two of my relatives met her a couple of weeks ago when Darcy visited their neighborhoold for coffee. They came away with only good things to say about her and her political views. They also made a contribution to her campaign (which I believe was a first ever for them). Don't discount these small gatherings as the people who meet her then spread the word and inform others about her candidacy. Word of mouth references are priceless in the business world and I think the same thing is at work here.

      •  And tons of bigger events, too. (0+ / 0-)

        Pop in on her website once a week or so; there are frequently announcements about new upcoming events where you can go meet her and see for yourself what she's all about.  I promise you'll come away from this meeting convinced that she deserves your fullest measure of support.

        Yes, these events are generally fundraisers, but come on, the need to raise funds is very real.  Would you rather that she raise her money from a broad base of small donors (Darcy's strategy), or from a small collection of rich idiots who can afford to spend ten grand a pop for a photo-op with the president (Reichert's strategy)?  It's not like you have to make a large contribution at these type of events either.  It was a groundswell of ~$50 contributions at the end of june that dumped more than $100,000 into her piggy bank.  Small gifts really do add up.

        Anyway, I sure as hell know which group of people I'd rather that my representative owe her allegiance to.  After all, I'm not in that latter group...

    •  I'm pretty sure (0+ / 0-)

      Microsoft is in the 1st District while the big Boeing plants (Everett, Seattle, and Renton) are in the 2nd, 7th, and 9th Districts.

      •  No. Microsoft is mostly in the 8th (0+ / 0-)

        Well, to be completely accurate, the best thing you can say is "Microsoft's Redmond-area facilities are located mostly in the WA-08".  The relevant part of the 01/08 line lies down the middle of the street immediately north of the main Microsoft campus:

        Click for bigger version.

        The orange areas indicate, approximately, Microsoft's facilities in this part of Redmond.  As you can see, almost all of it is in the 8th CD.  There is a bit of stuff in that weird little peninsula of CD-01 that's sticking down (the so-called "Redmond West" campus, built almost 10 years ago now), and one fairly new building that's kitty-corner to the northwest of the largest orange chunk, but right now that's about it.  There's a bunch of other stuff farther south, off of this map, in Issaquah and elsewhere in Bellevue, but also in CD-08.

        I should point out that Microsoft is currently expanding its facilities in this area, so over the course of the next few years a number of other spots in that funky little peninsula will also come to be occupied by Microsoft, as well as more stuff in CD-08.

        How do I know all this?  I work at Microsoft, and live in the immediate vicinity.  This is more or less my backyard.

  •  No pretext necessary! (1+ / 0-)
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    The rewards and risks of Reichert's ties to Bush were evident after the president attended a joint fundraiser for the candidate and the state Republican Party in Seattle in June. The event netted $400,000 for Reichert's campaign -- but gave the Burner camp the pretext for portraying the incumbent as a "rubber stamp" for the Bush administration.

    Progressives hardly needed a Prezinitial visit as a pretext to conclude that Reichert is a rubber-stamper.  His voting record makes that abundently clear.  His complete lack of action on key national security bills in the subcommittee he chairs gives the lie to his previous campaign promises that he would work to keep us safe.

    We hardly needed a pretext to call him out for what he is: a puppet, not a Representative.

  •  About CQ (0+ / 0-)

    I just went over to the site, and to my surprise, they're currently projecting that Dems actually LOSE one seat this November in the House, and gain nothing in the Senate.  

    I wasn't previously familiar with CQ.  How reliable are these projections?

    •  Not so big outside the beltway... (1+ / 0-)
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      Inside the beltway when I worked on the hill (late 80s/early 90s) CQ was to inside the beltway straightforward analysis as CSPAN and NPR is today.  Argue with the analogy if you want (CSPAN and NPR are not straightforward), but inside the beltway these two sources have a large wonk audience.  I don't know if that has changed with CQ, but my opinion is a lot of wonks decide which races to support based on what the inside the beltway prognosticators are posting.

    •  No they're not (0+ / 0-)

      What page are you looking at?  They rate many more Republican seats as competitive than Democratic seats.

      •  Look (0+ / 0-)

        At the Election Scorecard and Balance of Pwer scorecard on the rightside of the homepage.  

        CQ Politics

        •  And (0+ / 0-)

          look how many seats they're projecting for Republicans--7 less than they currently hold.  Democrats they're projecting with 1 less seat than they already hold.  That is because those totals you're looking at only include "Safe," "Favored," or "Leans" seats and do not include tossups.  There is only 1 Dem-held seat classified as a tossup by CQ (OH-6) while there are 7 GOP-held seats classified the same.  Meanwhile, there are many more GOP-held seats in both the "Favored" and "Leans" category, indicating that many more Republican seats in jeopardy than there are Democratic ones.  So even assuming that each party holds all "Leans" and "Favored" seats (which would only happen in a neutral political environment), CQ is still predicting Democratic gains because there are 7 times as many GOP-held tossups as there are Dem-held.

  •  Don't forget ! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    by seabos84 on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 11:17:12 AM PDT

  •  Cheering for Microsoft? (0+ / 0-)

    I really hate Microsoft's products and business practices, but their people seem to follow the lead of Bill Gates, whose heart seems to be in the right place (for a billionaire).

    Go Darcy!

    •  The important thing here... (2+ / 0-)
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      Marcus Graly, Crisitunity to observe that Darcy is a tech-savvy person.  Someone who has, at points in her life, been a professional programmer.  In fact, her programming experience was pre-Microsoft, if that matters to you.

      I love that she programs for two reasons:

      1. There is nothing about programming that isn't reality-based.  Computers don't give you an inch.  They make you get it right.  That's a mindset we need more of in the other Washington.
      1. With all the technology-based issues facing us today (from voting to net neutrality to copyright, music sharing, etc.) we sure as hell need someone who knows a bit from a byte, and won't be succeptible to any smoke that, eg., the telcoms try to blow up her ass.
  •  I'd like to see some poll numbers (0+ / 0-)

    It'd be nice if we could pick up this seat.  I know Reichert has his whole Green River Killer fame going for him but I'm not sure that's a magic bullet in politics.  It's kind of a grisly campaign topic.  

    •  I don't have the latest numbers, but... (0+ / 0-)

      Early on in the campaign, the polling indicated that this was a totally winnable seat.  Basically, when you asked likely voters simply whether they would vote to re-elect, the results were something like 40/40/20 (yes/no/don't know).  Basically, without even knowing anything about the challenger in question, likely voters are disinclined to re-elect Reichert.

      When the pollsters gave Darcy's name, party affiliation, and one or two sentences about her background (working mom/military brat/harvard grad/etc.), then she picked up most of the "i don't know" crowd, and a number of the "yes" crowd, to the tune of beating Reichert by something like 20 points.  I'm sorry I don't remember the exact figures off the top of my head, but it was a long time ago...

      •  May poll (1+ / 0-)
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        Is this the poll you're talking about? The big news was that Reichert's hard re-elect numbers were only 33%, with the rest considering or definitely voting against. His job performance approval was 39% (good or excellent)/ 43% (fair or poor). No mention of whether they did a head-to-head with Burner (or if they did but weren't releasing those results). (It's Lake Research Partners, from May 15-21, sample of 500, MoE 4.4.)

  •  Greet Darcy, Jay, Jim @ Space Needle 2pm (2+ / 0-)
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    Rally re GOP minimum wage legislation.

    None Dare Call It Stupid!

    by RonK Seattle on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 11:29:55 AM PDT

  •  More (with Pix) on my diary today... (1+ / 0-)
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    Kos finished his while I was working on mine.

    My value add is the pix.

    To reitterate, the big stories are the CQ move and the Sierra Club endorsement!

    And like I said at the bottom, if you cannot volunteer or contribute, at least please go as John Edwards to help.  Darcy Burner is one of the candidates he has listed to hopefully attend a fundraiser for:

  •  Great news for Darcy! (0+ / 0-)

    WA-08 was my old District before I moved to Eastern WA.  Been watching this race and really pulling for Darcy.  She can take that seat.

  •  Thanks for shining a light on Darcy Burner (1+ / 0-)
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    This is a race the NW bloggers have been covering and writing about for the last 7 months.  We've all been blown away at the strides the campaign has made and the fact they've out-raised Reichert, even despite Bush's visit, for the past 2 quarters.  A lot of that is due to the buzz and support from the netroots.  As a blogger from WA-08, I'm trying to do my part and appreciate the work everyone has done so far.

    This will be a tough race to the end, and a lot more money will be needed.  The Burner campaign is spending their money prudently, while the Reichert campaign is spending tax payer money for many of their mailings, and spending campaign money, on who knows what, just as Republicans have in D.C.

    We need to continue tie Reichert to Bush's failed policies, and get out and help Darcy with name recognition via lawn signs, car bumper stickers, doorbelling, phone calling, TV advertising - whatever it takes.

    On The Road To 2008: Commentary on issues as we countdown to the next opportunity to change the direction of Ameri

    by Daniel K on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 12:51:50 PM PDT

  •  Another local blog victory (1+ / 0-)
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    This has been mentioned but worth repeating-- Darcy is a great candidate but the impact of the local blog community really has tipped this race.  Goldy, Andrew, Lynn, Carl and the other Seattle progressive bloggers have  re-affirmed the power of coordinated and consistent local blogs in close races.  Their work produced the buzz-margin that got this race on national radar, starting the domino effect of national money, national support.  

  •  Darcy is a terrific candidate (2+ / 0-)
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    She gave a little press conference a couple of weeks ago when Dave cynically switched his position on stem cell research.  He voted against the bill last year, then voted to overturn the veto when the numbers made it meaningless.


    My impression from talking to her campaign staffers is that they're smart as hell and convinced they can win.  

    Here's the guest op/ed I sent to the local papers after the presser:

    Dave Reichert’s Moment of Truth: How Not To Build a Bridge

    For a lot of people, this is yesterday’s story.  That stem cell thing?  It’s over.  Done deal.  President vetoed the bill.  Not going to happen.  Move on.

    For my family, it’s not over—for us what happened last Wednesday keeps right on going.  We can’t move on.  I go to sleep every night with a wheelchair parked next to my bed.  Every morning I wake up and watch as my husband struggles to start his day with half his body not functioning.  Every year our kids get a little older, a little further from the memory of what it was like when Dad could chase them around the front yard.  We can’t move on.

    What happened last Wednesday is that the president and the congress tried to squeeze a few votes out of my life.  

    They’re thinking about votes, and we’re thinking about pressure sores, respiratory issues, and neuropathic pain. That’s what I’m thinking about while Dave Reichert is pretending to support research.  I’m thinking about our girls crying themselves to sleep.  Dave Reichert is thinking that he can get some mileage out of this issue.

    Here’s what it’s like to be a chess piece in Dave Reichert’s game.  It’s like you and your children are stranded just out of help’s reach in a dangerous, desolate, cold place.  Your kids are terrified.  You make up your mind to stay calm and live your life until someone builds a bridge to get you home again.  You know that engineers have said it’s possible. It’s going to take 5 years, but okay. You’ll wait. Then you realize they haven’t started construction.  They haven’t hired the bridge builders. They haven’t ordered the materials.  That’s because the bridge issue is working for them.  

    The stem cell issue is working for Dave Reichert.  He voted to overturn the veto--he stood up to the president.  He listened to the women on his staff, and they convinced him.  He says, with a straight face, that now that it doesn’t matter, he’s in favor of the research.  He stood up to the president, he listens to women, and he supports the research.  This issue is really working for him.

    When my husband broke his neck in 2001, I read that there was reason to be optimistic.  The consensus among scientists was that his condition could be cured.  It would take at least 5 years, a lot of work, and a lot of money, but it was doable.  What I didn’t know was that George W. Bush was about to put everything on hold.  When you hear someone say that George W. Bush is the only president to ever fund stem cell research, think of the people who tell you that ice cream is good for you because it has calcium.  Both statements are true in exactly the same way.

    It’s still going to take at least 5 years to build that bridge, but that’s only if we begin.  What happened on July 19th 2006 is that the president and this congress chose, again, not to begin. But hey—did you hear that Dave Reichert stood up to the president, listens to women, and supports embryonic stem cell research?  Good, that was the point.  Now, go have some ice cream.

    Go, Darcy!

    "Reagan proved deficits don't matter." Dick Cheney

    by 2kate2 on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 02:14:28 PM PDT

    •  We only get one life (0+ / 0-)

      We cannot afford to live it under the control of people who put their minority misguided values ahead of accepted scientific research.

      I hope that your husband can hold on to hope.  That's what I try to do because I never know when I too might become wheelchair bound.

      On The Road To 2008: Commentary on issues as we countdown to the next opportunity to change the direction of Ameri

      by Daniel K on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 02:28:16 PM PDT

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