commented on Have Dems Resigned to the GOP Agenda?
I tend to think that a government shutdown hurts Senator Tom more than anyone else.
The whole point of his takeover was to not be like the other Washington; if we have a Gingrich-style shutdown, the echoes of DC would be impossible to miss. Rodney has been trying to style himself as Scoop Jackson; every passing minute makes him look more like John Boehner, and that's just fine.
If I'm Frank Chopp, I let them shut it down. Let's piss off the entire WFSE and anyone who relies on state services, then send Senators Baumgartner, Roach, Sheldon, Ericksen, Hill, Fain, and especially Rodney Tom out to run on their "records". Hill, Fain, and Tom especially--they all polled at less than 55% in 2010, and Hill was at less than 51%.
Go fuck 'em, Frank.
commented on The Phoenix Coyotes Could Soon Be Ours. And Our Problem.
"More to the point, there's something to be said for the civic pride of Seattle sports fans. You see it with the Seahawks and Sounders and, to a lesser extent, the Storm. Put the name "Seattle" on a sports team and we'll come out in force to support it. Seattle has been a nice soccer hotbed, but no one could have anticipated the outpouring of support for Sounders FC in MLS. "
1) The Seahawks and the Sounders are both very good right now. Civic pride is nice, but it's nothing compared to having a winning record. Look at the 30,000 empty seats for Mariners games for proof of this.
2) Seattle was absolutely primed for MLS success. King County has a ton of immigrants, soccer had been spreading like mad for decades prior, there were a couple of successful college teams in the area, etc. The idea that it was lightning in a bottle is just silly.
commented on NBA Committee Rejects Hansen Bid to Purchase Sacramento Kings
Seattle isn't going to get an expansion team. Seattle isn't going to get a team relocated here. Seattle is going to be the boogeyman that is used by the NBA to scare other cities into coughing up millions of dollars to make their rich owners even richer, and until we firmly and clearly tell the NBA to FOAD we will continue to be used, period.