As if to supplement my recent post
“Cantwell by the Numbers” the Washington Post released their current assessment of the Washington State Senate race today. In the report they say, “No credible poll we've seen of late has Cantwell over 50 percent or with a lead of more than five to seven points.” They go on to say, (republican candidate Mike “mini-Slade”) "McGavick has gained ground on Cantwell since January when she was ahead 15 percentage points in the polls.” As I assert in my original post, this is a misinterpretation of the poll numbers which clearly show a slide for Cantwell rather than a pick-up for McGavick. Of course they attribute this (also incorrectly in my estimation) entirely to the “the ire of the liberal left…” over her pro-Iraq War vote. In fact, as I have pointed out in various posts here and her primary opponent, Mark Wilson has been saying for well over a year, there are a number of issues that have set Cantwell apart from her Progressive base. Her support for the Patriot Act and for so-called Free Trade issues are just two of the other areas where she has lost ground with her own party.
The WP analysis probably addresses the concern of the Cantwell campaign (and I would think the state party as well) fairly well by suggesting, “The question is not whether disaffected Democrats defect to McGavick but whether they stay home on Election Day.” I also believe they have correctly stated the “assumption” of the campaign as well when they say, “…Cantwell is banking on the fact that once the Democratic primary takes place in September; Democrats will unite behind her as the lesser of two evils.”
I don’t know about you but I am tired of “lesser” and I am certainly tired of “evil”. In September, Washington Democrats will have the opportunity to vote to a positive change in the U.S. Senate. Mark Wilson stands FOR American Labor, FOR American Civil Liberties, FOR Universal Healthcare, FOR a Responsible Energy Policy. As a matter of fact, the only thing Mark Wilson is against is the entire Bush/Neo-con/DLC agenda.
Chad (The Left) Shue