commented on Samantha Bee Makes a Compelling Argument That Donald Trump Can't Read
To be fair, a large majority of men over the age of 45 need reading glasses. I need them now too. I hate them with a fiery passion, but that's the life of an aging male. Without reading glasses, I can't read a goddamned thing anymore (including this here blog thingy), and I'm 15 years younger than Trump.
Trump is a gigantic asshole, but if you stick a legal document in front of any random 70 year old man, 80% would react exactly the same way Trump did.
commented on Guest Editorial: Initiative 732 Is a False Promise for Climate Justice
Once again the good is the enemy of the perfect.
Is I-732 perfect? No. Of course not. But it is a step in the right direction, and it is better than the alternative, which is to do nothing and hope for something better next year (or the year after that, or the year after that, etc).
The pragmatic politics of WA state is that we get the highest voter turn out once every 4 years during presidential elections, especially among younger voters. Big, ambitious, liberal initiatives have the best chance of being passed during these elections. Off year elections tend to skew much more to reliable older voters, and considerably less liberal. So if we vote this down, we will have to wait till 2020 for another realistic chance of passing an ambitious environmental initiative. Sure, you can put your ideal perfect initiative on the ballot next year, but it has a far lower chance of passing.
If there was a better initiative on the ballot this year, I would have happily voted for it. But there isn't. This year, on the ballot in front of me, I-732 is as good a choice as I am presented. I'm not willing to vote it down in the hopes that some day some one will come up with something better, maybe.
Finally, there is no reason that we can't pass I-732 AND also pass whatever brilliant initiative Jill eventually comes up with, if she ever manages to put anything on the ballot. It doesn't have to be either/or. It can be yes/yes. Everyone wins!
commented on Washington GOP Chair Claims Trump Was "Channeling Bill Clinton" During Comments about Groping Women
@24, what kind of crack are you smoking? If you're going to make ridiculous claims like that, at least make some pretext of providing some sort of reliable evidence or data.
This fiasco is still unfolding, and it is far too early to know what effect it will have on the polls. The earliest polls that might reliably indicate the public reaction to Trumps latest verbal diarrhea will be in 3-5 days from now. 538.com
currently has Hillary ahead by wider margins than she's had since the conventions.
commented on Unsolicited Advice for Hillary Clinton
Gotta agree with @14 here. I don't know the ins and outs of the Clinton's marriage, but it clearly isn't grounded in sexual fidelity. I have long suspected it is more a marriage of politics, ambition, and power. She became senator, ran for president once before, and became Secretary of State, all because she was Bill Clinton's wife. I doubt she would have achieved any of those goals if she had divorced him. I suspect she probably doesn't care much about Bill's philandering as long as it doesn't interfere with her political goals.
And really, isn't the Clinton's marriage a lot like many of Dan's letter writers? A lot of marriages start out with a promise of fidelity, but after a couple decades, fidelity may take a back seat, sex gets stale or tiresome, and there are a host of other meaningful reasons to stay married that have nothing to do with sexual fidelity. Who cares? As long as they're happy, more power to them.