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I'll bet I can find 3 Democrats who feverishly support Trump and are prepared to project that stance as representing all Democrats. Will the Stranger run the headline Democrats Make Case For Trump? Oh no wait that particular partisan hackery would be Breitbart's domain ...
I think it's fair to say that labor is split in this mayor's race and I think this op-ed coupled with last week's lays out a fair argument for both sides.
Recently the Seattle Weekly did an expose on Durkan’s past as a federal prosecutor. No charges made against crooked bankers that caused the 2008 crash, Occupy activists arrested and imprisoned in solitary confinement without charges and banning medical marijuana. Additionally, she is lying about the sweeps. They are not about health and safety. It is about evicting encampments to attempt to rid the city of people without decent shelter. These evictions are brutal and many have witnessed this. The police force people out of their shelter who have very little options and people often lose their possessions which are thrown away or stored somewhere else if one is lucky. So then folks are placed in a more desperate situation. Moon is against the sweeps and wants to provide real options and she is working with advocates.
And you do realize that there have been no documented cases of "brutality" in the unauthorized encampment sweeps, which have been monitored by city Office of Civil Rights staff, don't you?
And you do realize that there are protocols for providing notice before sweeps occur, don't you?
And you do realize that very few individuals have gone to recover their possessions being stored by the city, don't you?
'Nobody' knows, of course, but the only conclusion is that the polls are showing Durkan down at 10 points. She can't be down 20 or 25 I suppose, because they'd stop throwing money at a lost cause. All the union bosses in the world can't change the fact that the rank and file, and the rest of the voters, don't like this establishment Democrat all that much.
This is the age of Donald Effing Trump. Nobody wants a weak-ass moderate Democrat these days. Nobody wants a compromiser who will meet Trump and the horde of Trumpists halfway. These aren't normal times. And we're past the point of building more lanes for cars. Cars are doomed. We're past the point of trying to make corporations like us, or making them feel so rich they have a moment of generosity and throw the city a bone.
All this money. All these ads. All these desperate astro-turf social media attacks. Durkan is in trouble. She's down 10 points, they spend $100,000 more on ads, and she's still down 10 points. You can't close that gap with money or mud.
How many workers in Seattle do you think are union members? Unions with membership above 25,000 in the city who have endorsed Moon represents a really significant portion and includes some of the biggest unions in the city.
It's not like one or two fringe labor orgs. It's a really big percentage of labor in the city. I wish unions were prevalent enough that 25,000 represented a small subset, but that's just not the case.
"Giving a shit" does not mean what you think it means, person who is reading articles and posting comments about the mayor's race.
McGinn did that all by himself. Among his many feats of humiliating incompetence, he insisted we have a vote against the SR-99 tunnel, which he then lost by a 3-2 margin. (One of the most basic rules of democratic politics says you don't hold an optional election unless you're sure of victory.) This lopsided vote ensured there would be no future resistance to the tunnel, which of course was the exact opposite of his intent for having the vote in the first place.
I could go on (and on, and on...) but why bother? He's gone, and we're better for it.
Yes, the only conclusion to be drawn from Durkan having more (and more generous) donors than Moon is that Moon is winning by double digits. Since even The Stranger believes Moon is not winning, there are indeed other conclusions available.
Let me guess-- if Durkan wins by single digits, you'll say it was the money alone which made her victory. If she wins by double digits, you'll chide her for wasting money. (If there's another purpose for your "spending more money means you're losing" pseudo-argument besides preparing yourself for a post-facto rationalization of a possible Durkan victory, I'd like to know what it is.)