Democrat State Representative Reuven Carlyle—who will seek appointment to the state Senate seat vacated by Jeanne Kohl-Welles as she raises her public pension on the King County Council—has an interesting analysis on why Republicans won a key race in the 30th Legislative District. Here’s what Carlyle posted (or drunk-tweeted) on Facebook:
The reality not being faced by Carlyle and other Democrats is that Republican Terri Hickel sailed to victory in the 30th LD’s special election for state representative because voters are sick of Democrats presenting tax hikes as their go-to solution to every problem. Hickel’s win, despite strong opposition from the left’s attack network and big labor, should have sent a clear anti-tax message to tax-obsessed Democrats.
Unfortunately, that message didn’t stick.
Instead, Democrats like Carlyle choose to ignore the truth and excuse their recent losses on low voter turnout rates or the fact that the Republican candidate was a woman small business owner. These excuses are not only out-of-touch, but they diminish the accomplishments of women.
To Carlyle and other hypocritical Democrats, Hickel’s win is not deserved. Rather, it is only because of her gender (even though her opponent was also a female).
Carlyle and his fellow party members would do well to re-evaluate their rather offensive assessment of their defeats in the state Legislature. But, of course, they won’t. After all, the Washington Democrats’ “guiding principle” is a state income tax and that isn’t likely to change any time soon.
Certainly, the Republicans string of legislative victories would not be possible without the pro-tax, pro-big government agenda of Democrats like Carlyle.