I'm a Democrat and I favor worker ownership (or at least a significant degree of management control) of the major means of production. I.e., socialism.
Many commenters make the mistake of calling the 5 Democratic district organizations active in Seattle (along with the KCDCC) a single entity as if it's Tammany Hall. There were many of us Ds who were fed up with Conlin's slide into neo-liberalism, as well as his presumptuousness ("I'm a good Democrat
so I deserve the seat until I decide to retire no matter what policy positions I take"). Conlin has had significant difficulty getting endorsement recommendations and votes from Dem district executive boards and PCOs for more than one election cycle. [E.g., In 2008, he had to pull out the stops at the 36th (along with substantial help from PCO Tim Burgess) to overturn the Ex.Bd
. recommendation for a weak opponent.]
There are also many of us who voted for Sawant who agree with @4: I'd rather have an effective socialist city council member than an ineffective one. Combativeness is not necessarily or always ineffective, but it does need to applied judiciously and strategically, and with lots of outside support. Sawant is well set up to do so. Even more important than immediate results as 1 out of 9 votes, the more effective Sawant becomes, the more likely she will be the seed around which campaigns will grow in support of others of like leftist mind in 2015.