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More On That Quitting Quitter

That would be Jay Inslee.

Check out this video from the WSRP.

Meanwhile, State Attorney General Rob McKenna is busy fulfilling the obligations of his elected office, despite the rather serious hindrance to his campaign. Which, it appears, the Democrats are busy milking to Inslee’s advantage.

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Jay Inslee Is A Quitting Quitter

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” It’s a common motivational saying that at least one Washington politician hasn’t taken to heart.

In a stunning reversal of his oft-repeated assurances that he wouldn’t, Jay Inslee is abandoning his constituents in Washington’s 1st Congressional District. He is resigning his seat effective March 20th to focus on his gubernatorial campaign. By announcing his resignation after the March 6th cutoff date, he spares voters a special election, but hangs his constituents out to dry with no representation in D.C. On one hand, I’m enormously pleased that Inslee will no longer be pimping his green agenda at the national level. On the other hand he’ll no longer be available to ignore my concerns on the occasions I feel compelled to voice them.

It’s not as though the Inslee campaign can’t use a boost. He’s barely ahead in fundraising, despite the fact that his opponent, Washington’s Attorney General Rob McKenna, has been barred as an elected official from any fundraising efforts since the State Legislature convened on November 28th, with only a brief respite between the end of the regular session and the start of the special session*. If the Washington Legislature didn’t regularly fail to conduct their important (i.e. budget) business before considering a plethora of lesser issues, it would be enough to make you think the current special session was a ploy by State Democrats to hamper McKenna’s campaign.

It’s hard to see how bailing out on his constituents will help Inslee’s campaign, but, hey, if that’s what he wants to do, I hope he doesn’t let the Congressional door hit him on his way out.

*McKenna’s campaign raised over $250,000 in the three days between sessions. If you’d like to donate to his campaign, register to receive updates to be notified when fundraising is once again open.

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Jay Inslee: Not Even Empty Promises

Jay Inslee announced his 2012 gubernatorial bid on June 27th, 2011. By my calculations, that was four months ago, yet a quick visit to his website turns up a short announcement video, a placeholder for a graphic with a broken link and buttons to click if you want to follow him on Facebook or Twitter. You can also make a donation, but even that’s not easy; you have to click on the Al Gore event button.

Yes, this is the sum total of Jay Inslee's campaign website.

In contrast, Rob McKenna’s website is bursting with information.

Even Shahram Hadian, a long shot, first time candidate has a better website than Inslee.

You have to wonder, does Inslee have any vision at all for Washington, other than it would be really cool to be governor? Does he have an in-depth understanding of the issues facing our state? Does he have any ideas for solving them? Does he even care?  Heck, at this point, I’d almost be willing to settle for knowing he has a vague idea of what some of the issues are.

Inslee is running his campaign like (a) a rank amateur or (b) he believes he’s so sure to be elected that he doesn’t need to try very hard. Inslee is nothing if not a shrewd politician so I’m going with (b); it dovetails nicely with his arrogant, condescending demeanor.

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Why Does Jay Inslee Hate Public Employees?

That’s the only explanation for his scheme to plunder the State pension system to invest in green industries.

I’ve always considered Jay Inslee to be something of a one trick pony – green jobs all the way, baby! Even so, I was shocked when I heard his plan to risk the financial future of thousands of public employees to finance his pet agenda. Given the fact that it’s recently been revealed that the State pension system is underfunded by $50 billion, his proposal is not only moronic,  but shockingly reckless as well

Face it…it’s not as though Inslee has proven to be the Green Oracle. Lori Sotelo, writing at Northwest Daily Marker, has complied a list of Inslee’s failures to accurately predict market place winners and losers. Even the Seattle Times Editorial Board, who rather confusingly endorsed Inslee in 2010, notes that the plan “abounds with unnecessary risk.”

One almost has to wonder if Inslee is even peripherally aware of the monumental issues our state faces.

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Paul Ryan On Green Jobs

Everyone should read this piece by Paul Ryan on The Empty Promise Of Green Jobs. Everyone should read it but people living in my home state of Washington should take care to memorize it point by point. It’s information we’ll need as Jay “Mr. Green Jobs” Inslee prepares to run for governor in 2012.

 

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Democrats New Campaign Strategy Is A Sure Winner

Democrats are unveiling new strategy of campaigning against potential challengers rather than actual candidates. You can hardly blame them; they haven’t had that much success lately against real candidates in places like New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts. Apparently they’re afraid the trend could continue in Washington.

Witness the DSCC’s new website spoof, Dirty Deals Dino. Recent polls have shown Rossi holding a narrow lead over Murray in a hypothetical matchup and the DSCC appears rattled. For his part, Rossi denies the allegations and has asked the Murray to call off  her dogs.

And a second spoof campaign website, Rob McKenna for Governor, paid for by the Washington Democratic Central Committee.* I’m guessing this one is for the benefit of Jay Inslee; surely Her Royal Highness Christine Gregoire wouldn’t be so foolish as to run again, with approval numbers in the 30s. Then again, taking her math skills into account, maybe she would.

I’m not saying that Rossi won’t run; personally I think the chance of him entering the race is better than 50/50. Likewise, it’s no secret that Rob McKenna would like to be governor but what’s the rush? Yo, Democrats, feeling a little jumpy? I mean, Washington won’t elect a new governor until 2012!

I think that by jumping the gun on the attack websites the Democrats may have revealed a little more than they intended about how vulnerable they’re feeling. It’s time for Republicans to press their advantage.

Update 1: Pudge at Sound Politics has some thoughts on this issue.


*Return with me now to the days of yesteryear, when the Soviet Union was a world superpower and central planning reigned supreme.

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McKenna Endorses James Watkins in WA-01

James Watkins

From the Watkins campaign:

Attorney General Rob McKenna has endorsed James Watkins in Watkins’ bid to unseat 1st District Congressman Jay Inslee.

“James has the real-world experience and solid principles to be a great congressman working for the 1st District,” said McKenna. “He will make a big difference in D.C. and help put our nation on a better path.”

“Rob McKenna is a great public servant and a good man, and I’m so proud to have his endorsement,” said Watkins.  “His support not only means a lot to me personally, but also to this campaign.

“We’ve shown that Congressman Inslee is vulnerable, and Congressman Inslee has shown us that he’s not terribly interested in being the 1st District’s representative, but is already itching to start his 2012 campaign for governor.  (See here and here)

“With the support of Attorney General McKenna and people throughout the 1st District who want change in Washington, D.C., I look forward to retiring Mr. Inslee this November so he can devote himself full-time to seeking yet another political office.”

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Live Chat With Rob McKenna

From the Seattle Times website:

JOIN Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna for a live chat with Seattle Times politics reporter Jim Brunner on Thursday, April 1, from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. on seattletimes.com. They’ll discuss McKenna’s reasons for joining a multistate lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health-care-reform package.

Seattle Times invites questions in advance of Thursday’s chat. Submit questions to livechat@seattletimes.com. Please include your first name and area of residence. Questions and comments made during the live chat will be moderated. Time constraints may preclude us from addressing every question.

The first link takes you to the Times home page; I’m assuming there will be a prominent link to the chat on Thursday.

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It’s All About Me! Me! Me! Says Queen Christine

"We are not amused."

Because, really, she is the State of Washington, isn’t she?

Washington’s governor, Christine Gregoire, says she will oppose Attorney General Rob McKenna’s plan to to file a lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of the State. Says Gregoire, “He did not call and consult me. I don’t know who he represents. He does not represent me (emphasis mine).”

The staggering arrogance of that statement leaves me (nearly) speechless and I assure you, I am rarely at a loss for words. I am wondering why Gregoire feels that the job of the Attorney General is specifically to represent her personal interests?

Gregoire supports the federal health care legislation. Well of course she does. She’s never met a piece of budget-busting legislation she didn’t like, which is why Washington is in a budget crisis and the State Treasurer tells us we’ll run out of cash in mere months.

For his part, McKenna says:

“…He does not need Gregoire’s ‘blessing’ to file a lawsuit on behalf of the state.

‘My role is to defend the State Constitution and the people of the state,’ said McKenna, ‘That includes defending the state from inappropriate actions by the federal government.’

McKenna says the 10th Amendment protects states from being forced to follow federal laws that are not covered by the U.S. Constitution.

‘That’s why the federal government has never imposed an auto insurance mandate, has never imposed a drinking age minimum, has never imposed a motorcycle helmet law…'”

So listen up, Christine, the Office of the Attorney General operates independently of the Governor’s office and McKenna really doesn’t need your permission to act, or even to consult with you before he acts. Get over it. And while you’re at it, get over yourself, too. It appears that you may have mistaken the meaning behind the words when people call you Queen Christine.

Update 1: An interesting perspective Stefan Sharkansky at Sound Politics showing why why it’s far more likely that Washington voters agree with McKenna than Gregoire.

Update 2: The gloves are indeed off, as the Democrat controlled legislature considers adding language to the budget to prevent McKenna from using State funds to pursue the health care challenge. Gregoire says she would sign such a measure into law. God forbid McKenna take steps to protect Washington citizens from this unconstitutional over-reach by the federal government.

Update 3: Dave Boze is collecting letters of support to forward to Rob McKenna.

Update 4: Attorney General McKenna and Her Royal Highness appeared (separately) on King 5 News this evening. After lying through her teeth about the amazing wonderfulness of the health care legislation, Her Royal Highness admitted that there’s nothing she can do to stop AG McKenna from participating in the suit. I guess that would be other than sign into law that measure they’re kicking around in the legislature.

Update 5: This poll commissioned by King 5 news might give Her Royal Highness an inkling of who AG McKenna is representing…the people, baby!

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A Rare Convergence Of Politics And Citizenship

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna’s concerns about the constitutionality of the Senate health care reform legislation led him to join with other Republican AGs in protesting the deal.

In an interview today, McKenna said he believes that provision could violate Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which says Congress may collect taxes for the “general welfare” of the U.S., not for a special benefit for a particular state.

“We think it’s constitutionally defective. We’re continuing to research it,” McKenna said. And apart from the legality, “it just doesn’t seem right,” he added.
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He said he may also look into whether it would be constitutional for the federal government to require all U.S. residents to purchase health insurance.

McKenna said that mandate may violate the 10th Amendment, which limits the powers of the federal government – reserving other powers for the states.

“The U.S. government has never before required the citizens of the U.S. to buy a particular good or service,” McKenna said. He stopped short of saying he’d launch a legal challenge on that basis. “We need to do more work on it,” he said.

While the Seattle Times new-found conservative streak causes them to object to Ben Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback” deal – even to hope that a court will “strike it down” – it doesn’t stop them from concluding that the Republican AGs are acting with a political motive, even though it just as possible that they’re acting because it’s the right thing to do. I’ve heard AG McKenna speak about the Constitution; his knowledge of and respect for it are impressive. There’s no reason to assume that he’s acting for any motive other than a belief that the Constitution actually is the law of the land. To do so is merely to prove that political biases are hard to shed.

Personally, I’m just grateful that someone is willing to take a look at the constitutionality of the health care monstrosity and if this happens to be one of those times when good politics happens to coincide with good citizenship, that’s okay by me.

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