Hello Loyal Readers,
It is time for our Friday Odds and Ends. I use these weekly columns to gather up all the tidbits that are important, just not important enough to justify their own post.
First, Whatcom Republicans Chair Charlie Crabtree has put forth an interesting theory about the election results. He puts the blame on south Bellingham and makes the case that Ken Mann and Carl Weimer did not win the district they represent. In an email to supporters, Crabtree pines for district-only voting.
My response is simply that Tony Larson and Kathy Kershner both lost the districts they were from when they were elected to the council, yet Crabtree did not object then. My mother had a saying that stuck with me: “Only a bad dancer blames the floor.” Perhaps instead grumbling about the rules, Crabtree could try to discover why so many voters in Whatcom County didn’t like his candidates.
Local Conservative reactions to the election have been varied. Jeremy Lott, conservative writer for Real Clear Politics, published an article in the American Spectator crediting Democrats for doorbelling and faulting Republicans for poor organizing. Local activist and farmer John Kirk takes a different angle, he blames God.
“In other words, God has allowed the progressives their majority. But, can progressives really work with conservatives after their poisonous GOTV campaign? How long will Bellinghamsters cheer for bullies? When will the progressives eat their own? It happens, you know.”
Really, you should read John Kirk’s whole article. All I can say is, after years smearing Democrats as socialists trying to destroy America, it is a little rich for Kirk to talk about a “poisonous” campaign.
In non-County Council based news, Rep. Jason Overstreet traveled down to Salt Lake City to stump for Sen. Mike Lee. You might remember Sen. Lee as Sen. Ted Cruz’s best buddy in shutting down the government recently. I can’t help but compare Overstreet with his seatmate Rep. Vincent Buys.
While Overstreet was making headlines by politically showboating with two other far right legislators, Buys was making phone calls from the Whatcom Republicans office trying to get out the vote. I just thought that contrast was very telling.
Ready for the next big fight? The Cascadia Weekly had a great article by local writer Stephan Michaels about the plans for the waterfront. For someone who does not follow the waterfront development as closely as I should, it was a great jumping off point. Pick up a copy or click here to read it online.
Finally, Hawaii and Illinois both legalized marriage equality this week. In honor of their step forward, I offer this music video. The Olympia-based band, The Righteous Mothers, features a friend of mine and honors the long history that Hawaii has had on the forefront of LGBT rights.
Thank you, as always, for reading. I should have some exciting news to announce on Monday so stay tuned!