RonK, Seattle
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Nov 21, 2016 RonK, Seattle 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.
Nov 15, 2016 RonK, Seattle commented on "Awash in False Conspiracy Theories and Petulant Immaturity, Liberals Put Trump in the White House".
Ever and always, elections are not about what you want. Elections are about what we get.

Now we're gonna get things that all of us put together ("us" meaning everyone here on earth, and everyone yet to come) may not be able to fix. Ever. No matter how much we learn. No matter how hard we try.
Nov 12, 2016 RonK, Seattle commented on President Pence Is Happening.
By all means, the FIRST thing we must do is JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS!
Nov 10, 2016 RonK, Seattle commented on No, I Will Not Give Trump a Chance.
Anyone who writes this many words should know that a column or an op-ed is NOT an editorial.
Oct 26, 2016 RonK, Seattle 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 RonK, Seattle commented on Bernie Sanders Is Crushing It, Raising Millions to Flip the Senate and Promising to Oppose Clinton if Necessary.
@10 -- Interesting.

Wouldn't a goddam REAL socialist advocate for open bilateral trade (increasing aggregate output on both sides of the trade relatinship) in conjunction with socialized redistribution of the resulting gains?

Of course he would.
Oct 25, 2016 RonK, Seattle commented on Bernie Sanders Is Crushing It, Raising Millions to Flip the Senate and Promising to Oppose Clinton if Necessary.
As for "crushing it", $2.4M is on the order of a penny per US registered voter.

If that sum were devoted to a single flippable House seat (which it's not), it'd be on the order of $5 a head -- not enough to determine the outcome, but enough to push the opposition to respond in kind.
Oct 25, 2016 RonK, Seattle 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)
Oct 25, 2016 RonK, Seattle commented on Bernie Sanders Is Crushing It, Raising Millions to Flip the Senate and Promising to Oppose Clinton if Necessary.
Wait a minute, what? Sanders asks you to help flip the House and Senate by raising $$$ for 13 candidates ... one of which is Pramila Jayapal.

Regardless of your take on Jayapal, can you possibly imagine in your wildest fever dreams that the WA-7 contest has anything to do with flipping the House?

Sanders can move million$$ by blasting emails with Ryan taglines, and Ryan can move million$$ by blasting emails with Sanders taglines, and they're both playing on the cupidity of their least savvy followers.
Oct 12, 2016 RonK, Seattle commented on More Women, Including Miss Washington, Say Donald Trump Groped Them.
As the parade of recent gropees comes forward, Republican endorsers who un-endorsed him but re-endorsed him on his word that it was "just locker room banter" will now have to re-un-endorse him.