Dec 5, 2016
commented on Fake Facebook News Could Have Caused a Mass Shooting
JonnoN @ 12 -- Very good!
Indeed "Love it or leave it" is an irresistably powerfully closing point in any reasoned argument ... but why the hurry to get there, denying your audience the entertainment of so many intermediate points and counterpoints?
Of course all these points are destined to end up in the bonfire of irrelevancies when one disputant or the other lobs this Ace of Trumps clincher ...but why spoil the fun?
Were you afraid Ward @8 was going to use it first???
Nov 21, 2016
commented on WA Rep. Suzan DelBene Introduces Bill to Ban Registration Based on Religion
Good move. [And yes, such a registry would already be illegal, and Trump probably wasn't going to attempt it anyway, but that's not the point.] Many GOP Rep's will feel compelled to vote for this measure -- if it gets a vote.
And it can still be derailed by poison-pill "religious freedom" amendments that will shear off Democratic votes.
Oct 26, 2016
commented on Westneat Weighs In On the "ATTACKIEST ATTACK AD EVER!"
Ironic that Walkinshaw's criticism of Jayapal is viewed as devastating. Yes, she proposes legislative measures that are dead on arrival ...but isn't this exactly what her adherents want? a rep who will passionately pitch far outside the legislative strike zone (A la Sanders, for instance), in hopse it will slide the Overton window to the left? This is the virtue many Seattleites saw in Jim McDermott.
But McDermott was an adept legislator in Olympia years before he took his act to DC. And McDermott skillfully guided major pieces of legislation through the House at the same time he held the far post as left-most Member of Congress!
I imagined the race to succeed McDermott would bring us an embarrassment of riches ... but neither of these tyro's is anywhere near equipped to fill Jim's shoes.
Of the two, I see more potential in Walkinshaw. And I doubt Jayapal's rags-to-relevance bio stands up to close scrutiny. But take your pick and hope for the best, and there's always 2018.
Oct 25, 2016
commented on Bernie Sanders Is Crushing It, Raising Millions to Flip the Senate and Promising to Oppose Clinton if Necessary
FYI, other House races on Bernie's list include:
NY-19 (open seat, leans R, winnable)
CO-6 (incumbent R, winnable)
MN-8 (incumbent D, falling from favorite to underdog)
MI-6 (incumbent R, likely out of play)
CA-44 (safe Dem district, D vs D contest a la WA-7)
ND-AL (incumbent R, no shot)
WI-8 (open seat, district leans R, race leans R, 2nd-tier prospect but falling off radar)