The Washington governor’s race has been a low-key affair, especially when compared to the presidential contest. Donors on both sides still seem worn out from the 2012 race, when over $50 million was spent between Rob McKenna, Jay Inslee, and their allies.
However, while Inslee has kept a very low profile (barely working, as Shift has noted here and here, his challenger Bill Bryant has been traveling the state, providing his vision for the future to audiences across the state.
Evidently Bryant is starting to worry Inslee’s gang, as this week his million-dollar campaign donors have rolled out the negative ads that have been their trademark in past gubernatorial campaigns. As the Seattle P-I writes, “The Democratic front group Our Washington resurfaces every four years, just as windstorms are blowing leaves from trees, to deliver what image makers nickname “axe murderer” attacks against the Republican running for Governor. The oil-derricks TV ad by an “independent” committee does the job of throwing mud so Gov. Jay Inslee doesn’t have to.”
Our Washington has piled up over $1.5 million dollars for its slimy ads this year, drawing cash from all of those special interests that depend on Inslee to make government bigger – SEIU, the state public employees union, Washington Conservation Voters, the teachers union, and trial lawyers.
The groups behind Inslee are certainly not beholden to the truth, as columnist Joel Connelly points out “the ant-Bryant ads smear his record as a Seattle Port Commissioner: Bryant served during a time when the Port moved to limit carbon emissions, and when staff were made to curb notorious ‘crony capitalism’ habits of shielding commissioners from backroom agreements.”
But the truth doesn’t matter much to Inslee’s buddies, though even Connelly asks the question “Why is Our Washington knocking him down? The Inslee campaign has spent months ridiculing Bryant’s campaign and citing polls showing the incumbent comfortably ahead. Insurance, reason to worry, or the quadrennial habit of getting in the mud just as October weather gets soggy?
Guess we’ll find out the answer to that in a few weeks.
Aw, has Shift found there’s a downside to attack politics?
Or is Shift just miffed that the daily attacks upon Gov. Inslee here have had so little effect?
For the guy who claims to be totally immune to political advertising (” I never saw a single I-594 ad”, “comrade Sawant has campaign signs? What do they say?”, etc. etc.) to now claim to be an expert on the subject is beyond ludicrous, but that’s what’s expected from a hypocritical Democrat.
…now claim to be an expert on the subject is beyond ludicrous.
There’s a difference between watching a huge amount of television, and knowing the effects of watching a huge amount of television. (Or, in terms even more immediately relevant to your sad case, there’s a difference between eagerly drinking gallons of your Party’s Kool-Aid, and knowing the effects of drinking your party’s Kool-Aid.)
Shift has, with your money, spent more than two years attacking Gov. Inslee. In April of this year, Inslee led Bryant by double digits; in August, Inslee led Bryant by double digits. One doesn’t have to know anything about this site — not even the identity of this site’s owner(s)! — to understand how completely your money has been wasted.
(It’s really too bad you’re not allowed to know how badly your Party lies to you; if you did, you too might have gotten a chuckle out of reading the line, “Donors on both sides still seem worn out…” as an explanation for why not much money goes into this race. Desperation can be very, very funny.)
There’s a difference between watching television and being so unaware of your surroundings that you claim to not see a campaign sign designed to be eye-catching or claiming television was the only place filled with I-594 lies, but that’s what’s expected from a lying Democrat.
So, you’re actually aware of just how completely your money has been wasted here?
Also, your persistent claims about what I wrote are not the same as what I wrote. I suggest you learn the difference between “to see” and “to recall.” (You might also want to learn that most voters don’t retain campaign slogans of politicians for whom we were not eligible to vote in the first place.)
Finally, the only person here lying about me being a Democrat is you.
So, you’re actually aware of the fact you have no idea if I actually gave Shift any money or not? Maybe I was just lying on “Pretend you’re a Democrat” day.
Also, your persistent lies about what you didn’t write are exactly the same as what you wrote. I suggest you learn the difference between “to see” and “to claim you never saw it” (Yes, ineligible voters memories usually end at campaign promises of free stuff)
Finally, someone who boasts about being “normal” and voting straight (D), up and down the ticket, in every election, who chastises others for not doing the same, who lauds all things (D) and criticizes all other viewpoints, who gets butthurt when 2 (D) Senators come to their senses and cross the aisle to caucus with the adults is a Democrat. To claim you’re somehow not a Democrat is either a lie or you have some serious identity issues. You must be a trans-affiliation. Mental health therapy might help.
Maybe I was just lying on “Pretend you’re a Democrat” day.
Maybe you were; we liberals can certainly understand how you’d rather be known as a flat-out liar than as such a pathetically gullible chump. The trouble is, we’ve never actually had to make that choice, because you’ve long provided far more than ample evidence for both:
Also, your persistent lies about what you didn’t write are exactly the same as what you wrote. I suggest you learn the difference between “to see” and “to claim you never saw it”
As I’ve explained to you already, putting quotation marks around your words and attributing them to me does not make them mine; it merely makes you a spectaclulary incompetent liar. Provide a link to the thread wherein I wrote the words you’ve repeatedly attributed to me. If you don’t do that, your above admission of possibly being a liar will have more (unnecessary) credibility.
…and voting straight (D), up and down the ticket, in every election,
This from the guy who has claimed I hadn’t merely voted for Council Member Sawant, but that I was some kind of weird cult follower of hers. It’s never even occurred to you that you’ve been contradicting yourself every time you accuse me of party-line voting, because your own Party told you to make both accusations against any liberal citizen of Seattle.
…someone who boasts about being “normal”
Whether I had boasted about it I leave to the judgement of other readers; you had pompously lectured me on how “normal” people don’t behave as I do, to which I noted, on this political blog, that I’ve voted with the majority in Washington state far more often than have you. That makes me far more “normal” than you, and since you’ve also repeatedly misused the word “deviant” as an insult, getting implicitly informed that label fits you better than me must’ve been a rude shock. That’s what you get for claiming a mantle you’ve never actually earned. Boo hoo.
… and criticizes all other viewpoints,
Yes, Shift here is just a bastion of tolerant understanding towards non-Republican viewpoints. (You guys really can’t take even the tiniest drop of what you constantly dish out to others, can you?)
…gets butthurt when 2 (D) Senators … cross the aisle to caucus…
Which is the opposite of what they said they’d do to get elected. That makes me pretty angry, yes, and I’m very proud of becoming angry at hearing lies. Don’t worry; I don’t expect someone who swallows and regurgitates his own Party’s bald-faced lies to understand.
Tensor, you sound like a Nazi supporter in Germany in the 1930s. Sad.
Tensor, you sound like a Nazi supporter in Germany in the 1930s.
Indeed, the history books tell us of Hitler’s triumph over Roehm in the then-new field of telephonic fund-raising, known forever as The Night of The Long (Phone) Lines.
(But I’m curious, Boots — why didn’t you also use the first part of your nym? After all, the whole thing together describes you perfectly, Jack.)
Wow. Sure wish I could keep up with your historical intellect…
I’m sure glad I don’t understand how you got from my mockery of negative campaigning to accusing me of jack-booted thuggery, in just one step.