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Why McGinn Lost

The Empire Struck Back, but the Rebels Also Put Up a Shitty Fight

Why McGinn Lost

FROZEN IN CARBONITE Mayor Mike McGinn was the poster boy of a leftist insurgency against the conventional power brokers at city hall.

Only 43 percent of voters had picked Mike McGinn as of election night, officially making the “most progressive mayor in America” a one-term phenomenon. That may be surprising to outsiders. Since McGinn took the reins of city hall in 2009, deep in the pit of the recession, crime has dropped significantly, workers have filled potholes speedily, and downtown has boomed, while the unemployment rate dropped well below the state average.

But locals saw McGinn stumble—and even face-plant on his own key issues.

As of election night, state senator Ed Murray became the mayor-elect with 56 percent of voters, a horde of endorsements, and enough money on his side to outspend McGinn by more than 50 percent.

While Murray used that wide cast of supporters to demonstrate that he could unify Seattle, he hammered on McGinn’s acrimonious style and ineffective leadership.

Four years ago, McGinn had run on the promise to put a light-rail extension on the ballot within two years, stay clear of the controversial deep-bore tunnel, bring bicycling inside the mainstream, and make Seattle more equitable for people of color and the poor. Instead? Light rail never materialized in any election. He unsuccessfully fought the tunnel anyway, to his detriment, while, even more detrimentally, he failed to present a viable transportation alternative. And bicycle lanes, ironically, became a whipping boy for all the city’s traffic frustrations. Worst of all, McGinn stood by haplessly with a lame police chief while Seattle Police Department officers punched, kicked, shot, and killed racial minorities. Once the US Department of Justice forced the city into a court settlement to fix SPD, McGinn’s fate seemed sealed.

McGinn became toxic even to much of his base, which could neither defend his missteps nor cite many concrete accomplishments. Lacking a list of big victories, McGinn and his supporters couldn’t change the conversation from his style back to policy. In the end, this mayor’s race was about style—about whether or not people liked McGinn. And they didn’t like him.

McGinn was the poster boy of a leftist insurgency against the conventional power brokers at city hall. The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Seattle Association, whose memberships serve as a roster of centrist business interests, backed his opponents four years ago. They lost access to city hall.

In nerdy parlance, the empire came to strike back this year. Indeed, Murray’s staff was the same crew who worked for former mayor Greg Nickels, and Murray’s donors, too, looked like an invitation list to a cocktail party of Seattle’s old gentry.

There is zero doubt that the conservative wing of the city council, the Seattle Times, and downtown business lobbies attempted to sabotage McGinn’s term from the outset. For example, council members froze his transit plan (a direct attempt to stop light-rail planning). But McGinn also sabotaged himself. For instance, one of his first acts as mayor was a hastily called press conference in which he hopped off his bicycle and announced a multimillion-dollar ballot measure to fund a seawall replacement. Had he consulted council members? No. Was his estimated cost of the seawall correct? No. Was this how to work with your new colleagues? D’oh.

Fair or not, it is always a mayor’s job to pick the lock of those relationships. Instead, he slammed the door.

McGinn even botched obvious alliances. Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who used to sit on the city’s police discipline oversight panel, wasn’t even invited to the mayor’s press conference announcing a sweeping police reform plan. McGinn ignored Holmes’s advice on a new police monitor. Holmes endorsed Murray.

But as much as McGinn lost, Murray won. He brought grassroots enthusiasm as the leader on gay marriage in the state legislature, which gave him a warmth that softened his negative tactics. Murray made regular appeals to wealthy, conservative blocs for votes, and Murray’s campaign and independent PACs collectively spent more than $1 million. One PAC broke the law by hiding donations (they settled with election officials).

Murray used dog whistles to blast light rail and bicycle lane projects by calling them “unproductive wars between the various modes of transportation.” One Murray fundraiser was focused entirely on opposing bicycle lanes on Westlake, and Murray repeatedly claimed bicycle lanes were dangerous.

Even after polls showed Murray leading by 20 points, the kicks kept coming. Murray’s backers ran deeply deceptive smear pieces; one commercial claimed McGinn ignored domestic violence when he actually increased DV funding, and another suggested McGinn was behind “top down” economic philosophy. Murray was relentless about blaming McGinn for a downtown crime “crisis,” when crime is mostly down in downtown. It was the sort of framing that showed the Murray team would play as dirty as necessary to win. Murray never laid out a unique vision for the city, but with McGinn fumbling, he never had to. And he may have fought hard enough in this campaign that he’s already scared off any serious challengers in the future. recommended

 

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Typical "analysis" from the losers: "It was a personality contest."

It's true that McGinn is an asshole, just like the Stranger, its writers, and its knee-jerk progressive commenting majority. The fact that he's an asshole made it easier to vote against him, just as the fact that the Stranger and its clique are asshole makes is easier to grind it in your smug faces.

But the election wasn't just style. This city's voters have told McGinn and his clique: Fuck you and the bicycles you rode in on. We've flattened you, and we've just fired a cannonball over the city council's bow.

We've had it with the bullshit. City council, you're next. Keep up the progressive bullshit, and we'll get rid of you too.
Posted by Old Guy Who the Stranger Wishes Would Die on November 5, 2013 at 9:41 PM · Report this
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The problem with the victim mentality of McGinn true believers is that defeat makes them scream louder.
Posted by hmmmmm on November 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM · Report this
derrickito 4
Pouring my 40 oz as I ride my bike off into the sunset, and crash into a bollard on the missing link...
Posted by derrickito on November 5, 2013 at 9:47 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 5
@4
Do you want a corn dog to go with that?
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on November 5, 2013 at 9:50 PM · Report this
Rujax! 6
More representatives of the "Age of Assholes" @ 1&2.

You fuckers are just nihilists.
Posted by Rujax! http://rujax.blogspot.com/ on November 5, 2013 at 9:51 PM · Report this
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dominic is a pouty faggot this was hilarious
Posted by time for some hatecrimes on November 5, 2013 at 9:52 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 8
@6

What's wrong with nihilist?
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on November 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM · Report this
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lol Rujax if you kill yourself you will feel better
Posted by rujax is sore on November 5, 2013 at 9:54 PM · Report this
DOUG. 10
Mayor Murray just announced that bike lane removal will begin at dawn.
Posted by DOUG. http://www.dougsvotersguide.com on November 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM · Report this
JonSM99 11
Sour grapes. You guys are out of touch with reality.
Posted by JonSM99 on November 5, 2013 at 9:56 PM · Report this
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With Murray, I can foresee ineffective leadership w/o a vision and just a bunch of homilies about unity, but I guess that's what the majority wanted.

So Mr. Mayor elect, what's your vision of light rail expansion in Seattle proper that will bring everybody together?
Posted by neo-realist on November 5, 2013 at 10:01 PM · Report this
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Seriously? I voted for McGinn last time after he said he was not going to oppose the tunnel after we had voted 15 bazillion times on the damn thing.

And then? He tries to fight it once he's elected. Fuck him.

Bike lanes? No. They are not bike lanes. They are "share" lanes. That means that as many cars and more bicyclists are using the same space with no improvements besides a white line and bicyclist symbol on the pavement. Fuck him. Put real lanes in and/or widen the streets.

I went from, "He's got lefty good politics and won't oppose the tunnel" to "I hate that m@#$%^F!@@#$cker."

Otherwise, he's got a nice beard and lost a lot of weight. :)
Posted by Get friggin real on November 5, 2013 at 10:01 PM · Report this
derrickito 14
i dont think number 13 has ever ridden a bike in this town. there are new bike specific lanes everywhere.

and yes, yes i could use a corndog
Posted by derrickito on November 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM · Report this
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P.S. Dominic - I love your articles on the SPD and King County police/harassment people.
Posted by Get friggin real on November 5, 2013 at 10:05 PM · Report this
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@6, would you like a wedge of Camembert to go with that melodious whine of yours?
Posted by Old People on a Rampage on November 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM · Report this
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@ number 14 - yes, actually I have. Have you? Have you seen any "share" lanes on your extensive bike rides? Or do they not exist in your magical fantasy world?
Posted by Get friggin real on November 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM · Report this
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I feel a lot better about Seattle's prospects. I will recreate there more often, spending money and helping to bring prosperity to Seattle. Congratulations, McGinn is an extremist kook.
Posted by seattle is for visiting not living on November 5, 2013 at 10:09 PM · Report this
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First order of the day: Sweep the derelicts off the streets. Second order of the day: Sweep the bicyclists off the streets. Third order of the day: Fix the potholes and erase the bike lanes.
Posted by Old People on a Rampage on November 5, 2013 at 10:15 PM · Report this
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I assume this was written in August?
Posted by Reader01 on November 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM · Report this
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So, who is this Dominic Holden guy who wrote in 2009 that McGinn was saying this before the primary vote ? Dead against, not going to oppose, to dead against is a double-flip-flop.

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/how-h…
"If I am mayor, I guarantee you, they are not going to build that tunnel through town,"
Posted by ChefJoe on November 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM · Report this
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Any latino, native or black person that works, lives or shops in Seattle is celebrating that the "most progressive mayor in America (who just happens to defend and support a brutish, racist, unaccountable police department) is packing his bags.
Posted by araucania on November 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM · Report this
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Any latino, native or black person that works, lives or shops in Seattle is celebrating that the "most progressive mayor in America (who just happens to defend and support a brutish, racist, unaccountable police department) is packing his bags.

Tough luck upper middle class hipster urbanites!
Posted by araucania on November 5, 2013 at 10:36 PM · Report this
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"Lacking a list of big victories, McGinn and his supporters couldn’t change the conversation from his style back to policy."

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So instead, they changed it Murray's unpaid parking tickets, the cellphone number of a Planned Parenthood official, the embezzlement of money from an unrelated campaign fund, and free lunches from Comcast lobbyists.

Policy? What drugs are you people on, anyway?
Posted by Old People on a Rampage on November 5, 2013 at 10:37 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 25
McGinn lost because he didn't realize he was mayor of more than Capitol Hill and the cyclists of Seattle. You see Stranger, there's an entire city outside of the Hill he needed to be Mayor of.

BTW, as much as I like the bike lanes on 75th I sure wish McGinn would have fixed the fucking sink hole in the middle of the street on 73rd and 35th Ave NE.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 5, 2013 at 10:47 PM · Report this
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Bad night for Tim Keck and his ankle biters. The Stranger gave us the Monorail, then McGinn and tried to give us McGinn again
Posted by Tim Keck is a big fat idiot on November 5, 2013 at 10:56 PM · Report this
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ed murray is in for four. the entire council is now only in for two. and of those the two at larges we pick in 2015 will only be in for two AGAIN. we're going to see more change on the council in the next four years than we can imagine now.
Posted by change will do good on November 5, 2013 at 11:03 PM · Report this
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Stranger endorsement is the kiss of death
Posted by ian on November 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM · Report this
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Bash McGinn all you want, but I predict history will vindicate him...just about the time the state comes to collect the millions in overruns on that fucking tunnel from the people and businesses of the city.
Posted by I Got Nuthin' on November 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 30
According to the Washington Secretary of State website, they have only counted 22 percent of the possible ballots in an election they expect more than 50 percent turnout from.

Sheesh, wait until Saturday ...
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 31
And @29 for the Murray Will Be Blamed For The Mess He Made karmic win of the night!
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 5, 2013 at 11:20 PM · Report this
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Ed Murray, who is still a state senator until January, will go to the special session in Olympia and pass a highway heavy transportation package. Mike McGinn will lead the referendum campaign against it.
Posted by Don't you think he looks tired? on November 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM · Report this
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@32, Murray's not going to "pass" anything in Oly in the special session. He's not in the Senate majority.

Just in case anyone wants to blame McGinn's loss on old people, we old people blame it on the young people who didn't vote.
Posted by sarah70 on November 5, 2013 at 11:40 PM · Report this
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@32, who do you think will hire McGinn when he leaves? Starbucks, maybe?
Posted by Old People on the Rampage on November 5, 2013 at 11:41 PM · Report this
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Well, I'm glad to see him go. I spent a lot of energy hating him--he was the 5th mayor I worked for in 25 years at the City of Seattle, and he was the worst. He was completely clueless about how the city works. Then he promised to lay off 200 managers, and I was one.
I don't really think Ed will be an improvement, but at least he will be different, and I don't work there any more.
Posted by crone on November 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM · Report this
watchout5 36
Yeah but I was a one issue voter on internet and McGinn was better. This sux.
Posted by watchout5 http://www.overclockeddrama.com on November 6, 2013 at 12:02 AM · Report this
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You knew McGinn was in trouble when John Wyble fucked him by giving Monto the job running his campaign. Bottom of the barrel.
Posted by Thelonius Skunk on November 6, 2013 at 12:04 AM · Report this
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Ed Murray is a corporate brown-nosing zombie, who will cowtow to the money interest of Seattle.I dislike the man already.
Posted by gberry on November 6, 2013 at 12:12 AM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 39
....and another Seattle Mayor bites the dust. The question for me, even ten years ago, was whether a Mayor in Seattle can do anything on his own, or if the office is simply controlled by others before the new boy even sits down.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 6, 2013 at 12:13 AM · Report this
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Yeah 36, you'll have to live up dialup forever! Sux.
Posted by Old People on the Rampage on November 6, 2013 at 12:13 AM · Report this
seatackled 41
Congratulation are in order to Comcast for their mayoral victory.
Posted by seatackled on November 6, 2013 at 12:26 AM · Report this
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Hello! Calling Catarina V.d.R. What do you think of our new mayor?
.../s/another concerned City person.
Posted by crone on November 6, 2013 at 12:48 AM · Report this
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McGinn may have been the last mayor who wasn't controlled by others, which is what drove those others nut. They'll be happy with Murray.
Posted by sarah70 on November 6, 2013 at 12:58 AM · Report this
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Haw haw haw!!!! Eat shit, "progressives"! LULZ
Posted by Eat shit Dumbinic on November 6, 2013 at 1:10 AM · Report this
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" crime is mostly down in downtown"

You're a smug arrogant lying asshole and only other "progressive" cultists take you seriously, which is why you scum lost. HAW HAW HAW
Posted by Eat shit Dumbinic on November 6, 2013 at 1:14 AM · Report this
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Murray's career and character is defined by opportunism; he's also a tickly puppy. Remember these when trying to sway him, rather than the faggetry mewls, and he'll be on his back for your advantage in less time than you can tweeze a tick or shake a jibe.
Posted by pansack on November 6, 2013 at 1:14 AM · Report this
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Facts touch Dumbinic on his no-no spot.
Posted by Dumbinic's No-No Spot on November 6, 2013 at 1:25 AM · Report this
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Ed Murray- Paul Schell part II
Posted by Ignatz Mouse on November 6, 2013 at 1:26 AM · Report this
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@25 hit the nail on the head.

The stranger, and most of McGinns supporters suffered from serious tunnel vision. In their minds, there was no Seattle outside of the white, upper middle class, gainfully employed, hipster regions in Capitol Hill, Central Ballard, Fremont, and Westlake. The happy go lucky folks who can afford to live close enough to bike to work. Those people who dont have to live in a city where their skin color means they face just as much a threat of victimization from criminals as they do law enforcement. Those poor saps who actually DRIVE CARS, and were not super happy with policies that doubles and even tripled their daily commuting times (which were already among the worst in the nation).

Low and behold, it must have been a shock to most of the Strangers contributors (not Holden of course, who was trying his ass off to tell everyone this is exactly what would happen) that there is a Seattle outside of Cap Hill, Fremont, Westlake, Eastlake and Ballard. Not everyone is free cycling hipster. Thats not to say many are anything near republicans, but the ACTUAL progressives were kinda getting tired of being ignored for the homogeneous nuovo-bourgeoisie of the 'hip' parts of town.
Posted by araucania on November 6, 2013 at 1:46 AM · Report this
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Even though I don't agree with McGinn on everything (and some things I really disagree with him on), I bit the bullet and cast my vote for him. I'm not super upset he lost though. The Stranger is a lot more fun to read when the writers don't live up the mayor's ass.
Posted by clint on November 6, 2013 at 1:56 AM · Report this
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McGinn merely pissed off too many people too early. I think that Mike the Mover could have beaten him last night.
Posted by herrbrahms on November 6, 2013 at 2:42 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 52
@49, you know I didn't vote for McGinn (his inability to deal with his police force being the main reason as well as his very limited view of the parts of Seattle he had to govern and the shameless pandering to Chris Hansen and the failed promise of a sports stadium) but can you name the specific policies that doubled or tripled their daily commute times? The quasi-bike lanes he put in haven't slowed my commute the times I have needed to drive and I actually thought the bike lanes was one of the big pros McGinn had going for him.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 6, 2013 at 5:27 AM · Report this
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You mean the massive power of the Bike Commuter Lobby just couldn't pull off an election?!?!

Huh. Really?

I rarely ever like to say this: I TOLD YOU SO.

Of all the Strangers lame ass attempts at being Kingmakers in this town, this election was the worst. Seriously the stupidest most obnoxious strategy ever attempted.

You guys spent half your time attacking the Seattle Times for endorsements and the other half campaigning for irrelevant abstracts like socialism or idiotic fluff like bikes. It was as hilarious as it was incompetent.

Congratulations.
Posted by tkc on November 6, 2013 at 6:29 AM · Report this
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This article exaggerates McGinn's lefty cred. McGinn had little social justice background, talked about affordability almost not at all, stumbled badly on police accountability. He ended up a lefty, but the left can't govern alone and McGinn alienated most natural allies during his first year in office. He made a strong comeback from almost certain political defeat the last couple years, and became a much better mayor. If he had brought back the Sonics perhaps he could have won.

In the meantime now we have Murray, who is not nearly as conservative as his critics during the campaign alleged, but who ran a shitty, vacuous campaign. I think he's likely to reestablish the Nickels coalition, and I worry about him being a law and order anti-homeless politician.
Posted by Trevor on November 6, 2013 at 6:30 AM · Report this
Kinison 55
McGinn supporters shouldn't act surprised by his loss. Most pundits saw it coming a mile away.

When he tried to block the tunnel with a vote, voters approved the tunnel by 59%. When he tried to raise car tabs by $60 to pay for bike lanes and light rail studies, voters rejected it by 57%. Every poll conducted long before the primaries had his approval rate well below 50%. The only chance McGinn had was to suggest the Gigabit Seattle project would be canceled should Murray win and that was complete nonsense.

The entire election had me laughing my ass off, both are far left liberals, but the McGinn supporters trying to paint Murray as a corporate whore, too funny.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on November 6, 2013 at 6:42 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 56
Crone dear. I am pleased to serve under any Mayor. Even if I think we are in for a new version of Schell ;-)

I am in one of the job classifications McGinn went after, but I never held that against him (however, we are somewhat insulated at CL, being self-supporting and revenue generating, so it was never a real threat - and I could always bump back down if it came to that). I do think his going after SA's was extremely naive - SA's and Managers are basically the only positions in the city that are treated like salaried employees, and can be worked without busting the budget with OT.

I know there were some good people who lost their jobs, and I'm sorry you were one of them. That whole layoff process was ridiculous, and it accomplished nothing,

I appreciated McGinn's uniqueness, as it were. He certainly wasn't your average toady Seattle Mayor. He had his good points and his bad points, and they say he had a bad temper, but I never saw it.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on November 6, 2013 at 6:47 AM · Report this
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Well. There was also the fact McGinn was totally unlikeable. Which is on him. Maybe he's just misunderstood. I doubt it.

I didn't want to say this before the election. I hoped he could prove me wrong. But. We have been seated next to McGinn at three separate rather high profile events since he became mayor. And every attempt to be affable and friendly was made as uncomfortable and awkward as possible. The guy just exuded this superior patronizing quality. A typical boorish know-it-all with very poor social skills. Frankly kind of an asshole, I guess.

So. That didn't help him.
Posted by tkc on November 6, 2013 at 6:56 AM · Report this
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I'm so happy I want to run down a cyclist!
Posted by I'm so happy! on November 6, 2013 at 7:14 AM · Report this
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Who will I laugh hardest at:

City employees who never stopped whining about McGinn when Mayor Murray introduces pension "reform" like every other establishment Democrat has this year?

or

Mayor Murray when Jim McDermott steps down in the next 4 years and Murray realizes becoming mayor cost him an easy congressional seat?

Posted by SoSea Resident on November 6, 2013 at 7:22 AM · Report this
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Catalina darling, thank you for your sympathy, but I did not lose my job. Hizzonnor backed down after threats of retaliation (we'll go union!) and we were saved. He also targeted SAs at CL and SPU because he had no clue that the utilities were self-supporting, etc. That was one of my problems with him--he was CEO of a 10,000 person firm and had no idea how to run it or how it runs.
Anyway, you're right that we may be in for Schell v.2, haughty, arrogant and self-serving. Ed does, however, have a lot of old pols on his rolodex who might steer him straight, plus his hubby has been with the City forever.
As for moi, I managed to retire about a year ago with an embarrassingly adequate pension. but still can't stop tracking the politics of the place.
Posted by crone on November 6, 2013 at 7:31 AM · Report this
SeattleWeedTours 61
the Stranger / Slog: Now Just As Bad at Getting Candidates Elected as the Seattle Times.

Posted by SeattleWeedTours http://https://www.facebook.com/seattleweedtours on November 6, 2013 at 7:35 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 62
It was funny seeing the Stranger writers and a handful of commenters do their own version of "unskewed polls" where they claimed that McGinn would still win despite every poll saying otherwise.

#53 hits it pretty squarely on the head.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on November 6, 2013 at 7:36 AM · Report this
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Good article, but you overdid it. In some ways, so did McGinn. Seattle loves it progressives. But it also loves folks who can manage a board meeting. McGinn might have thought he was elected "to shake things up" but he wasn't. He was elected because we simply thought he was better than the alternatives. Better than a mayor who shoved a tunnel down our throat, let the monorail die an early death and couldn't keep the streets plowed. Better than a rich guy who never expressed much interest in politics until running for mayor. Had McGinn just played his cards right, he would have sailed through this election (and not received the kind of opposition he did). Every misstep you mentioned in this article was his undoing. The downtown establishment has no dog in this fight, and generally agrees with his policies (Amazon wants a cycle track, Vulcan likes the streetcar, etc.). They, like everyone else, just want better process, and they think they can get it with Murray. As a McGinn supporter who thinks that the mayor hit his stride late in his term after stumbling out of the gate, I hope they are right. There is an advantage to retaining incumbents -- they don't spend the first six months (or two years) trying to figure out how to run the place.
Posted by Ross on November 6, 2013 at 7:59 AM · Report this
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I didn't take much of a side here, but it sure seemed like McGinn passed through the Mayor's office with nary an accomplishment to mark the time.
Posted by Joel_are on November 6, 2013 at 8:11 AM · Report this
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I'm happiest for Will in Seattle, and DOUG., and sarah70.
Posted by You lost, losers on November 6, 2013 at 8:13 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 66
Crone, I'm glad to hear you are enjoying your pension. I hope to make it to that point someday.

And I'd love to swap stories sometime about the layoffs. There's definitely some stuff that was highly entertaining, but not suitable for Slog.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on November 6, 2013 at 8:23 AM · Report this
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RIP to Seattle's best mayor ever.

Kind of glad I got out before he lost power.
Posted by Lack Thereof on November 6, 2013 at 8:39 AM · Report this
katrat 68
@49, my 50 yr old husband bikes a 20+ mile commute every day between Beacon Hill and Northgate, and I am extremely grateful for a few bike lanes which mean he will return home alive every night. "Having to drive" is a mindset, not an objective reality. And it is "lo and behold" , not "low and behold".
Posted by katrat http://www.kathrynrathke.com/ on November 6, 2013 at 8:41 AM · Report this
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The Stranger gets to spend the next 4 years attacking America's gayest, most liberal mayor. The irony is delicious.
Posted by Sugartit on November 6, 2013 at 8:45 AM · Report this
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Ed Murray is a corporate/business asswipe. Back to business as usual. One mustn't upset the status quo. Voters claim they hate big money in politics, but are dupes & fools every damn time for moneyed interests and thus we perpetuate a shitty system. Seattle is a joke when it comes to progressive politics. It is a city of shitty old liberal values dedicated to not actually changing anything, because that would be too scary and we don't want to rock the boat.Downward and backward.
Posted by gberry on November 6, 2013 at 8:55 AM · Report this
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The best thing about this election is that Dominic and Goldy lost big, and The Stranger is a little less relevant in local politics. Once upon a time, The Stranger was happy being a paper focused on arts and music, with some coverage on local politics from the left. It somehow evolved to having the shittiest of shit coverage of arts and music, stopped focussing on issues in local politics, and started trying to win campaigns. It went from having great writers, to having Cienna, Dom, and Goldy - hacks who care far more about schilling for their candidates and wanting to have power in elections more than they want to write about them, because they are more failed activists than they are journalists. I hope that local politicians can now get back to governing based on sound policy rather than worrying about the insane shit that Stranger might write.
Posted by WhattheHell on November 6, 2013 at 9:04 AM · Report this
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I love how the same people come out of the woodwork that mansplained in 04 how Kerry lost because he was too liberal and the great silent majority (who, naturally, the commentors speak for) rejected him.

Thanks guys, but I'm pretty sure McGinn lost because the monied interests wanted him out, not because real amuricans don't cotton to bike lanes.
Posted by waffle on November 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM · Report this
biffp 73
@54, Dominic has been an unofficial arm of the McGinn campaign. McGinn called himself the most progressive mayor, his fight on the tunnel was a disingenuous promise to get elected and bike lanes are exacerbating what is already some of the worst traffic in the country. This piece is more hot air. When the Seattle Times writes in its own interest, the Stranger finds it reprehensible, but the Stranger has posted daily puff pieces about McGinn and empty allegations about Murray throughout the campaign.
Posted by biffp on November 6, 2013 at 9:18 AM · Report this
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Moderate Left of Centrist* Insurgency?
Posted by BobaMOSFET on November 6, 2013 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Looking For a Better Read 75
Four years ago, McGinn had run on the promise to put a light-rail extension on the ballot within two years, stay clear of the controversial deep-bore tunnel, bring bicycling inside the mainstream, and make Seattle more equitable for people of color and the poor. Instead? Light rail never materialized in any election. He unsuccessfully fought the tunnel anyway, to his detriment, while, even more detrimentally, he failed to present a viable transportation alternative. And bicycle lanes, ironically, became a whipping boy for all the city’s traffic frustrations. Worst of all, McGinn stood by haplessly with a lame police chief while Seattle Police Department officers punched, kicked, shot, and killed racial minorities. Once the US Department of Justice forced the city into a court settlement to fix SPD, McGinn’s fate seemed sealed.
If you had stopped there, that would be enough to tell the story. Everything else you wrote is defensive ass coverings. But you should have also added that coming into 2009, McGinn had no experience even administering a team of five like-minded people, much less managing an entire city. Talk with the people with whom he worked at Stokes Law - he was a disorganized lightweight even then. Only Stranger writers seem to be surprised that he was such an ineffective manager.
Posted by Looking For a Better Read on November 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM · Report this
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And I bet a lot of blockheads think it's because of the Sonics.

I could post a laundry list of reasons why I didn't vote for McGinn, but there's neither the time nor space. And not a one of them is about the Sonics.

Anybody who thinks McGinn's a progressive (because of his Sierra Club membership and love affair with bike lanes), needs to take a hard look again at all his missteps with the SPD that forced the federal government to step in. We were on our way to having a homegrown Gestapo, Meanwhile more and more overpriced apartment tenements continued to be built, adding to population density in already overpopulated neighborhoods, creating future inner-city high-rise slums if there's another downturn.

Maybe you guys will miss McGinn. I won't. And neither will most Seattlites who don't live on Capital Hill.

Posted by Purrl on November 6, 2013 at 9:50 AM · Report this
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This blog has some of the worst comments I've ever had the misfortune of reading. Regardless of your position: grow the fuck up. The Stranger staff takes way more shit from people than is necessary. It's sickening to think I share a city with some of you manchildren...
Posted by getfucked on November 6, 2013 at 9:56 AM · Report this
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Simple as syrup. McGinn lost BECAUSE he sucked. I miss Norm Rice.
Posted by Sofa King Great on November 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM · Report this
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The BIG money in this town didn't want him in office to begin with. What was that other shill that we elected him over in '08? McGinn entered office with doors closed against him. He was an outsider and Olympia and Seattle elite were set on his doom.

In time we'll be reading about investigations of backroom agreements and collusions between parties who wanted to nullify the vote of '08 from the start. They have a small win now.

That being said. I think McGinn wanted out. He's got a young family. If that were me, I'd probably want to focus and enjoy better times with them over the next few years in peace and not being the target of the empire's wrath.
Posted by Juno on November 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM · Report this
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Seattle is now worse for bike riders (which I do daily). Try riding down Broadway, for one. I have resorted to using Harvard to avoid falling on the new rails, or how about the islands on Dexter I now have to watch out for. The tracks on Westlake have also made that a no go street for bikers, forcing me to use Eastlake past REI.

How about the parking going to 8 at night; no family dinners evenings for us.

Good riddance!
Posted by bikebob on November 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 81
Trevor @54, nice to have your comments on this. I still think Murray's campaign was dull and dipshit by careful design. Once they realized McGinn and his surrogates were genuinely cowering before their label of "divisive", all they had to do was stay vague and distant. McGinn himself did the rest. So now the race is won, I'm expecting Murray to sharpen up. I could be wrong, it's happened.

Had McGinn been able or willing to own his perceived weakness he could have made it his strength, used it for energy to force Murray to shift his stance and expose a weakness, maybe sweep to reelection. At worst he might have burned out memorably, instead of fading away like that.

But it's not permanent. He can take on Murray in four years if he likes. Or maybe he's so eager to serve, even in a less glamorous role, that he'll move to the Hill and take on Conlin and Sawant once the district council seat's up for grabs!
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on November 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM · Report this
Buckywunder 82
@29, @38, @39, @41, @43, @70

Agreed to all.

P.S. For the apparently ignorant many, Seattle is one of the handful of cities in the U.S. where the MAJORITY of daily commutes is NOT done via SOV. The fact that McGinn merely allowed bicyclists and pedestrians a respectable place at the transportation infrastructure table is based on *reality*, not social engineering. Get a grip...
Posted by Buckywunder on November 6, 2013 at 10:49 AM · Report this
merry 83
Excellent piece, Dominic, thank you.

As much as I hate to think of Murray as mayor of Seattle, it's true that McGinn did himself no favors.

And now it looks like we're stuck with just another career politician, willing to do and say anything to get elected.

Blyecch.
Posted by merry on November 6, 2013 at 10:54 AM · Report this
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I think Seattle is worse for bikers because of the bikers themselves. Your constant political demands, and the kowtowing from McCheese and the council, resulted in lane closures that pissed people off and made your targets on the streets.

This is entirely your own fault. Ya reap what ya sow, baby.
Posted by Old People on the Rampage on November 6, 2013 at 10:58 AM · Report this
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It was not so much that McGinn lost, but that . . .

the Community Development Roundtable won


'Nuff said . . .

Posted by sgt_doom on November 6, 2013 at 11:04 AM · Report this
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@82 There is no data to support that.

According to 2012 community census data (on the Seattle Bike Blog) in 2011 49.25% of all commuters were SOV.

Together only 33.6% were Public transport, Biking and walking.

The rest was still automobile with (multi-passenger).

The vast majority of people here drive.

http://www.seattlebikeblog.com/2013/09/1…

Look. I walk to work. I used to bike. For years. But you guys are high if you thought bike commuting was a tenable part of local election campaign platform. Clearly.

The whole bike thing was idiotic pandering to a tiny powerless cohort of young hipsters that don't contribute to political campaigns and rarely turn out for local elections.

THAT'S why The Strangers vainglorious self-serving strategy failed and why McGinn lost. Jesus. His losing should be evidence enough.

Dominic had it more right than wrong. The race really was McGinn's to lose but the rebels put up a shitty fight. He's just leaving out the Strangers role in that awful incompetent strategy.

I swear. You guys sound as delusional as the Tea-baggers after Obama got re-elected with your goofy excuse making. Keep it up and you'll keep losing.

If electing a gay liberal could be seen as losing to any sane progressive - which apparently there are few of in this thread.
Posted by tkc on November 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 87
@82,

Thank you.

I still have massive problems with the way the city shits on pedestrians; the neighborhood where I work is currently dealing with this since SDOT *still* sees no reason to set up mitigation for pedestrians when even their own construction tears up the sidewalk (what happened with their "fact-finding" vacation to New York, anyway?), but it still was at least getting better under McGinn.
Posted by keshmeshi on November 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 88
At least Murray is a decent alternative. I didn't particularly like his campaign and I distrust his motivations (and intentions), but at least he's smart and qualified and leftish. And he understands The Process more than just about anyone.

At the beginning of McGinn's term, I wished we had Nickels back, but he grew on me as a mayor. And the fact he pissed people like Somalian Bacon and Kinison off was bonus.

@71 - Your comment history is hidden (troll) and your opinion is irrelevant.

Posted by Pridge Wessea on November 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM · Report this
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Just wait til New Elect Murray holds a forum on neighborhood and gang violence in the Rainer Valley. He's not personable and incredibly awkward.
McGuinn shot him self in the foot politically all over the place, by closing the door with his constituents... But thats why I voted for him in the first place.
I can see what he was doing and what might have come. I saw Seattle being a front contender for an American city of the future, Now its the Calgary of US.
Posted by natas on November 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM · Report this
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@25 hits the nail on the head. McGinn (and the Stranger, for that matter) rarely seemed to realize that there is more to seattle than cap hill or that seattle is part of a large, major metropolitan area.

i don't live in seattle proper and did not vote in the mayoral election, but as someone who goes into seattle a lot and as someone who often has to get through and around seattle, i am glad to see the city elect a mayor that is not as focused on his belly button as McGinn.

for example, i am all for bike lanes, just not at the expense of other, more important transportation needs. bike commuting is great if you live and work close enough to do so, but that is not the majority of the city (or the region's) population and that is why it became a metaphor for this campaign.

also, his total lack of understanding of what to do with and about the police totally didn't help. he just seemed out of his depth from day one and instead of reaching out and trying to broaden his knowledge and vision, mcginn seemed to instead harden his stand a re-focus inward.

and that's just no way to run a city this size.
Posted by the eyeroller on November 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM · Report this
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@90 - Mayor McGinn has worked to push streetcar and rail as well as rapid bus. Bike commuting includes using much improved transit and street flow and safety.

To use your phrasing, bike lanes and transit are part of more important issues like environment, pollution, health, land-use, livability...
Posted by Juno on November 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM · Report this
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@91 We have limited bandwidth and funds to address all these issues.

Bike lanes, while necessary for safe bike commuting, in the eyes of most voters is a low priority over all the other facets of transportation and livability that are scratching and clawing for scant funding. In fact most voters viewed bike commuting issues as a sort of YUPPIE extravagance for a privileged minority.

Fact is McGinn had a terrible campaign. A losing strategy. And delusional allies.

McGinn himself didn't help because he spent four years as an unlikable, unappealing asshole who couldn't form the coalition necessary to govern a city.

He pissed off everybody trying to kill the tunnel and pissed off minorities by siding with corrupt racist police against the Justice Department.

The idea that a supposed underdog progressive McGinn had this amazing strategy that was unfairly squelched by big conservative money interests in favor a corporate sell-out is idiotic. If it was true he wouldn't have gotten elected AT ALL. It's just more collective far-left martyr mythology. Progressives voted for Murray.

The fact is McGinn was an incumbent who had all the advantages and lost to out gay liberal.

Posted by tkc on November 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM · Report this
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Great god. Street cars, a centuries old turd of a technology, which go where a bus would go - except slower, locked to a fixed rail route for the rest of eternity, and at thousand times the cost of adding more busses - are our future. Countless millions are being wasted on carving bizarre green-carpeted chutes for bicycle hobbyists through roads and intersections. Downtown and Pioneer Square, although crucial to the economy, has been allowed to complete the transformation to a progressive dystopia where I barely bat an eyelash at seeing a cackling ghoul enjoy intercourse with the skull of kneeling whore in the shadows surrounding Occidental Square on my walk home on a Tuesday evening. You don't think it's fucked up down here? Try working down here and living down here - not just imaginig what it's like.

That's my best guess as to why McGinn lost.
Posted by seatownr on November 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM · Report this
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@90 - all true.

and all still ignoring the larger issue of trying to move people and freight through and around the city in an efficient manner.
Posted by the eyeroller on November 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM · Report this
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sorry, that was supposed to be @91 - all true.

and all still ignoring the larger issue of trying to move people and freight through and around the city in an efficient manner.
Posted by the eyeroller on November 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM · Report this
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How about how McGinn raising parking rates, including having to pay for parking until 8pm? Or how you can't park for more than two hours west of 1st on SUNDAYS, which just happens to be when the Seahawks generally play?
Posted by no use for a name on November 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM · Report this
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What really concerns me is that we have an entrenched Seattle City Council who vote only for the wealthy business interests of this city rather than look at the big picture. Their puppet mayor will do what they want him to and ignore the little people, cause they bought his ass this election! They lied all the way into city hall about DV, crime, transportation, etc all the while holding up Murray as progressive cause he likes guys. I don't care if he likes guys, girls or Furbies, I care that he got his election bought for him. Murray better do something amazing for the little people; big business did not save Nickels' re-election and it won't save him if he fails the regular people of this city.
Posted by SouthPark on November 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM · Report this
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The anti-bike/ pro-car people are nuts. Bikers fight and scratch and claw for 6 feet out of 80 feet of the roadway, for a SMALL piece of the pie, choose a mode of transportation that is actually sustainable (among other benefits) and all anti-bike/pro-car people can complain about hipsters on Capital Hill and commutes that take 30 seconds more in your precious 2 tons of steel and glass.

McGinn made big time mistakes and I REALLY hope he comes back after learning from them. Because Murray is a complete insider like Nickels and Schell.

Be carefull what you wish for Seattle
Posted by orangevening on November 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM · Report this
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Wasting countless millions to make things easier on some bicycle hobbyists is pretty much the definition of nuts. Bikes will never, ever, be a transportation solution. The fact that they're even a subject of conversation is all the proof you need that the lunatics are running the asylum.
Posted by seatownr on November 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM · Report this
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Watch out black men. They are coming to get you and no one cares about your illegal incarceration in concentration camps because genocide knows no limits according to nazi politicians
Posted by tomjasen on November 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM · Report this
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I love how L'Etranger characterizes its agenda as leftist (man, you haven't seen Leftist!), with a weak-knee, kissy-bike, kissy-light rail, fuck-bus, fuck-the-poor attitude from start to finish. You shits LOVE to think you're leftist, but your shithead Mayor crapped on the city, didn't do SQUAT, not SQUAT, to prevent the in-city Business Park known as South Lake Amazon, proved himself to be totally incompetent to form and pursue an orderly agenda, had a goon squad of aides JUST THE SAME AS NICKELS!!, couldn't / wouldn't get off his feisty Irish ass and put an agenda together to move the city forward. I don't expect a whole, whole lot more from Murray, but I don't think he's the conservative loser you make him out to be...and HE CAN'T DO WORSE than his fellow Irishman, who leaves as a do-little, one-term, inept and self-admiring idiot. Ta-ta, Mike! Sic Semper, Stranger!
Posted by CleanUpDuwamishNow on November 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM · Report this
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@101 how was the city supposed to halt amazon's expansion into SLU? Red Guards?
Posted by Socialists = low information voters on November 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM · Report this
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It happened. Romanticism aside.....china white, black tar, wobbly guitar wires, live line, party favors, MEWRSA....backpage ads, BROTHEL contracts......ann, and another old or new look....same slut, can't be took, GO cook hook......lucky? get lucky, the versatility of being eclectic with LOVE on the lips of the same nasty nonoxicillan twits.
Posted by dann on November 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM · Report this
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the girls, the the addicts, the leftopvers, the worshippers of not much, every configuration and number amounted to not more than two hands, except for her INDIVIDUAL conceptions...no exceptions, DEATH, DEATH, no defense...cage um together, share trays, yay, simultaneous...not intravenious....wannabe awesome won or lost gained and promoted....BYE die.
Posted by dann on November 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM · Report this
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@66 If you are still reading all this crap: You will get here (pensionville) sooner than you think. It would be fun to get together to dish on the City but don't know how to do it without blowing covers.
Posted by crone on November 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM · Report this
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@66: P.S. Your recent photo looks a lot like Joan Harris--lovely!
Posted by crone on November 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM · Report this
MrBaker 107
Dominic, a guy that liked some of the same things you like was an asshole, repeatedly fucked up, and lost re-election.
Shocker.

That's what happened, because that what happens.
Posted by MrBaker http://manywordsforrain.blogspot.com/ on November 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM · Report this
Slam1263 108
McSchwinn lost?

Dang, who'll we make fun of now?
Posted by Slam1263 on November 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM · Report this
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Stranger, Times own you wusses.
Posted by Chairman Mao on November 7, 2013 at 6:56 AM · Report this
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It's recreational and hobbyist motorized SOV commuters--with 4-8 empty seats in a typically oversized vehicle, passing within two miles of coworkers' homes and neighbors' workplaces, alongside their neighbors and coworkers in the same corridors, deliberately placing their cars in the way of other road users, knowing damn well they're causing traffic jams, road wear, accidents, and unmeasurable inconvenience for everyone, when they should be finding someone to carpool with--that are demanding the yuppie luxuries which will allow them to continue the wasteful and selfish lifestyles they've chosen.

Most drivers can, but simply refuse, to carpool, let alone take a hard look at their own contributions to the self-inflicted woes they claim to abhor, just to justify their own wish to use their personal autos and continue with their lifestyle choices. That's selfish. But projecting this onto urban cyclists who are subsidizing those lifestyles (most cyclists also own cars and pay road taxes), which is the typical way to avoid discussing the real problems, is just crass, stupid hypocrisy.
Posted by Eric on Blue Island on November 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM · Report this
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Perhaps it's because The Stranger supported the Mayor's contemptible arena deal (just as they acknowledge they supported so many ballot losers this time) that this analysis is blind to the single reason I found myself unable to vote for 'the most progressive mayor in America'. The gift to Hansen was loathsome, the Mayor was a disingenuous shill, the whole thing was a politicorporate disgrace. And there was dude in the Sonics jersey, front and center on election nite.
Posted by true believer but c'mon on November 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM · Report this
wilbur@work 112
Took 91 comments to get to the truth re: what McSchwinn actually did accomplish (thanks @91). This ex-suburban now urban streetcar-using old white guy will miss McSchwinn with Nickels Part II rolling into town. Once again everyone hates on the guy leaving but doesn't think about the reality of the guy entering.
Posted by wilbur@work on November 7, 2013 at 12:21 PM · Report this
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Joni Balter had her first orgasm in 17 years when she heard McGinn lost - not bad for a gay man, Mr. Murray!
Posted by MacGruber on November 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM · Report this
Buckywunder 114
@86

Citing your same data, the Seattle Times wrote:

"Among the 50 most populous U.S. cities, Seattle is now one of just five where the majority of workers take public transit, carpool, walk, bike, or have some means of commuting other than driving alone." The same big, bad Seattle Times described that as a "Green majority."

I guess you kinda went WAY out of your way to say you agree with me and Mayor McGinn.

BTW, have you seen the Street Films videos about bicycling in Amsterdam? It's the wave of the future around the world -- McGinn was just trying to have Seattle catch up, which I thought was admirable.
Posted by Buckywunder on November 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM · Report this
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Posted by Doomm on November 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM · Report this
inquiastador 116
I actually warmed to McGinn but I have a feeling he lost this election before the last one was even over. He pivoted on the tunnel, then pivoted back when he was elected. He lied.
Posted by inquiastador on November 8, 2013 at 8:18 PM · Report this
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He lost because he made traffic so much worse with the bicycle lane fanatics. I have been riding bikes for 25 years both in Seattle and California, and ruining traffic for 5% of the people is insane. I have been hit and run in Seattle on my bicycle, the police put ME in the back of the car (granted it was 20 years ago). But that's the deal, you take your chances, and then you get to break the laws. But the 30 PAID people bicycle lobby at Cascade Blah Blah F*CK cars lobby, had their moment in the sun. What I would love is seeing the bicyclists going down 2nd Avenue in the middle or right lane instead of the bicycle lane, sorry, I would yell at you and call you an idiot, when I was going 35 mph down the middle lane on the Magnolia Bridge and got hit and run, you know what I deserved it. Lucky I lived, but a lot of times people get what they deserve. Hasta la vista McSchwinn, and good riddance! Please, put the car lanes back, ride on the empty sidewalks to West Seattle near the trucks, etc. It's called physics guys, no matter how tight your pants are or bright your lights, you get hit, you LOSE! Facts of life.
Posted by NIO on November 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM · Report this
Lincolnrink 118
He jumped on board with the millionaires who wanted the public to finance a basketball team. He did so without any public process. It was an example of back room, good old-boy politics. We have a tremendous homeless problem and he wants to spend public money for a basketball stadium? It's a shame that anyone thinks he was progressive.
Posted by Lincolnrink on November 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM · Report this
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Look at the low voter rate of turnout:if voting were mandatory everywhere,then this nation would change drastically for the better (as it would force voters to learn a thing or ten about basic politics,like who the Hell represents them in the state legislature,county council,and CONgross! ---- http://www.politics1.com , http://www.thegreenpapers.com )
Posted by 5th Columnist on November 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM · Report this
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I wonder if the SECB would've endorsed Sawant had she ran for mayor?What if she ran against Licata?O'Brien?
Posted by 5th Columnist on November 9, 2013 at 5:14 PM · Report this
El Matardillo 121
I am delighted that Ed Murray won, because it removes him from the legislature where he could actually do some damage. As Mayor of Seattle, he will be little danger to anyone I care about.

Also, @114, the reason bicycles are so successful in Amsterdam is because it's as flat as a pancake. Not so much, here in Seattle. Fuck the bike lanes.
Posted by El Matardillo on November 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM · Report this
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@52 Cato, the density and just the adding up of the nightmare from taking away the free lanes on 15th and Elliot, taking away of lanes on, Aurora, taking away lanes on Jackson, Nickerson, taking the lanes away on 50th (always a great shortcut for 25 years) etc. Even the way the buses going to lower Queen Anne don't stop in Downtown anymore, so everyone has to be at the crime stop of 3rd and Pike to get to Ballard or QA, just added to the misery (Nickels started a lot of this). Essentially when the insiders killed the monorail, they killed Seattle and now they want to take away the public lanes and have light rail going 25 mph? Where cars could go before, it just doesn't make sense. But hey, 4 months ago, I gave up my cheap rent apartment on Lower Queen Anne after 25 years and today I was sitting at the pool in 75 degree weather in Orange County near the beach Do I miss Seattle and it's small town politics? Not a bit. Worked at the Stranger, Microsoft, Pike Place Market, slimed fish at Petersburg Alaska, been to more than 3 dozen countries. And the mistakes the leaders in Seattle have made are major and unfortunate, primarily on transportation decisions because they wanted their friends and contacts to make the money. A lot of people from Seattle "hate" SoCal, but hey it's conservative here, but 55 mph with street lights (as opposed to 30 or 40 on Aurora) and 3 lanes in both directions, bicycle lanes on the Back Bay huge sidewalks. I skip the toll roads, but spending 25 minutes taking the bus from lower Queen Anne to Downtown making every painful stop on 3rd, or riding my bike down 2nd in the rain, no thanks, it's all you. Don't miss it at all. It was funny how all the new people who moved into the hood I lived in for 25 years looked at me with my long hair two years ago like I was a freak (don't worry, short now fitting in to the OC culture and making $$$), enjoy Mercer, enjoy Denny, enjoy the rain. Could have been a great city, but unfortunately, the leaders blew it. Don't worry, though, I get my grit in the Arts District in Downtown LA, and bicycle there and there's a really LOUD street car that goes by, the one you will all be complaining about in 5 years making all the noise. At least you legalized, Seattle, on his shift, other than that, enjoy the gridlock and the super expensive parking and buses. It's a beautiful city, as long as you don't want to go anywhere more than walking distance from where you live. Twenty-five years same place, seen it all: Weathered Wall, RKCNDY, Trinity, Freaknight, Bang Dances, Skootchies, parties in the bunkers in Discovery Park, kegs in the Arboretum (I think Chris Hansen used to finance some of them in high school, seriously), Mo's ARO Space, ya basta. The beat goes on and the money is global. If you commute from out of town it might not be that bad, but getting from neighborhood to neighborhood is a nightmare. And we all know that Joe Diamond runs Seattle and that's why there's no cheap parking anymore or decent affordable transportation.

P.S. I guess this qualifies as a rant, bye bye Seattle, once again, don't miss you at all, okay, maybe Mount Rainier, but that's it. I'd say my Mom, but after seeing it down here she's heading south, too!
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Posted by NIO on November 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM · Report this
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McGinn lost because his first instinct was to pick a fight, whether he needed to or not. Famously, he decided to pick with Gov. Gregoire over the tunnel. Instead of respectfully disagreeing, he called her liar even though there was no evidence she was lying. I see no benefit to doing that. He picked a fight with Holmes and the city council over police reform. I see no benefit to doing that, either.

And right up until the closing days before the election, McGinn decided he should pick a fight with Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood. Wrap your brains around that one. The only reason to do that was sheer petty maliciousness.

And he lost all those fights he picked for no reason. In politics you have to pick your battles. McGinn wanted everything to be a battle, even things that weren't. When the smoke cleared, he made plenty of enemies and no new friends. That's why he lost.
Posted by Yessler on November 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM · Report this
toyotabedzrock 125
This should be taken as a lesson for any progressive. Control you police better. Young voters are really getting pissed with the police. They are outrageously aggressive and should be prosecuted for how they act.
Posted by toyotabedzrock http://https://plus.google.com/+JimFeig/posts on November 13, 2013 at 9:31 PM · Report this

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