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Monday, January 14, 2013

What the Fuck Is It That Some Politicians Don't Get About Politics?

Posted by on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Senator Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) is one of three Senate Democrats who jumped at the table scraps tossed them by the Republican majority, choosing to keep his Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance Committee rather than displaying unity with his caucus. But don't you worry, Hobbs, assures us in a statement, that doesn't mean that he in any way supports the Republican majority:

“Let me first say that I am still and always will be a Democrat. My decision to remain chairman of the committee I have chaired the last two years was not based at all on politics, it was based on the decision that I believe I am the best qualified and most experienced person available for this task.

“This decision does not mean I have aligned myself with or promised anything to the Republican Majority. I will vote as I always have – with the best interests of the 44th District in mind and not to accommodate any political party or organization. The people who sent me here are the only people I am beholden to.

“We have serious work to do in Olympia and a short time available in which to do it. I hope that all sides can put politics aside, at least for 105 days, and get to work on the issues that face Washingtonians.”

Gee. If only the Seahawks had persuaded the Falcons to put football aside, they might still be in the playoffs.



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fletc3her 1
The question is whether anyone will care once the next round of fundraising comes around. It's not a bad bet that people's memories are short enough that he can get away with it.
Posted by fletc3her on January 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM · Report this
kk in seattle 3
So we'd be better off if the committee were chaired by a Republican? You might want to explain exactly how that works.
Posted by kk in seattle on January 14, 2013 at 4:04 PM · Report this
If you really listened to your own noise, you would understand that there is only one issue that unites 66 percent of the people.


People want more money and security.
They don't want to spend money.
They don't want to be taxed.

The other issues -- again, published in your own blog -- have minuscule interest.

A Middle of the Road, Republican-Democrat coalition, fiscally conservative, socially progressive, would sweep up all support like a giant vortex, leaving the Yahoos and Nutters clutching at crumbs of votes.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 14, 2013 at 4:07 PM · Report this
@4: they would be unable to accomplish anything, because there is nothing the state spends money on that a majority of people want cut.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 14, 2013 at 4:32 PM · Report this
@4 In what way is all the republicans plus a couple marginal democrats "A Middle of the Road, Republican-Democrat coalition"?
Posted by Alden on January 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM · Report this
auntie jim 8
I live in the 44th LD and would like to remind people that Mr. Hobbs was on our side in all GLBTQQAA etc. issues and has a 100% pro choice voting record. I have been trying to encourage every member of the legislature to make our tax system more progressive and Steve Hobbs at least politely listens and is willing to discuss ways to get there. He's on our side but tries to work with everybody, like Senator Murray and all effective politicians. I personally could not do that job because I would sooner or later go on a profanity laced tantrum about how the Republicans are a bunch of shit asses.
Posted by auntie jim on January 14, 2013 at 6:07 PM · Report this
lauramae 10
Well, I would argue with you, auntie. Sounds like he sold his soul to keep the leadership position. The only way he kept it was to make some sort of promise to the GOP. SAYING he is on your side is far different than actually legislating that way. Believing someone is on your side while they vote against you ostensibly to work with everybody would make this guy's voters naive.
Posted by lauramae on January 14, 2013 at 7:21 PM · Report this
Goldy 11
@8 Any politician who says we need to get the politics out of politics is in the wrong business.
Posted by Goldy on January 14, 2013 at 8:30 PM · Report this
Did he vote for the Republican majority? Isn't that all that matters when it comes to determining loyalty?
Posted by madcap on January 15, 2013 at 12:33 AM · Report this
Ballard Pimp 14
The thing about history is that all this shit has happened before. In 1963 a group of right-wing Democrats voted with Republicans to take over the House. The "coalition", which included Dan Evans and Slade Gorton, fucked up so badly that a federal judge took over the House functions and set the agenda for the next session. When the Dems who had defected went to their Republican buddies for help at the next election, they were told to go fuck themselves. All but one either retired or was defeated.
Posted by Ballard Pimp on January 15, 2013 at 12:52 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 15
I do think I saw Pete Carroll trying to convince the Falcons sideline to put aside football before the game.

I mean, he denied it later, but you can read his lips well enough.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 15, 2013 at 5:52 AM · Report this
Yesterday, Senator Tom said they now had "five" Dems in their so-called coalition and that's because three of those people took the chairmanships. That plays right into their hands and makes for a swell soundbite.

It's a mistake those three may regret and as for getting more done, I had an out-of-state reporter asked me yesterday if it didn't seem like LESS would get done given the suspicion and uncertainty.

I agreed.
Posted by westello on January 15, 2013 at 8:16 AM · Report this
lauramae 17
@14. Dan Evans of course, went on to be governor. And ironically, the first president of The Evergreen State College. Slade of course went on to be the biggest anti-Indian bigot since George Armstrong Custer, once again bringing in the feds for his insistence that state law superseded federal law--resulting in the Boldt Decision. Of course that failure wasn't enough for Gorton who used his senatorial powers to try to undo treaties. His family was heir to the Gorton Seafood company. Even though they don't own it any longer, still tough not to turn all those frozen fish boxes upside down in the grocery.
Posted by lauramae on January 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM · Report this

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