Friday, October 26, 2007
David Goldstein, the estimable Goldy of KIRO, Drinking Liberally, and the iconic Seattle blog, HorsesAss. has the weirdest endorsement I have ever seen. In the current contest between David Della, an incumbent, and a challenger, Tom Burgess, Goldy advises not voting because Dell is clearly incompetent while Burgess is very competent but once worked for a PR firm "Then on the other hand, we have Tim Burgess, a man who has spent the better part of a decade writing fundraising letters for anti-gay, anti-woman, right-wing hate groups… letters that equated homosexuality with pedophilia and emergency contraception with abortion, and that accused the National Education Association of seeking to turn our public schools into gay propaganda and recruitment camps. Really. Sure, he says his positions have evolved… since 2005… but I can’t help but think he thinks we’re all stupid. No doubt he’d bring a great deal more competency to the council than Della — a great, great, great, great deal more competency, I imagine — but competency in the service of an agenda I do not trust, I can do without."
WADR, Goldy's judgments are and knowledge are usually far better than my own, BUT, in this case I think he is being doctrinaire . I do not see the purpose in Goldy's weak endorsement of Della. I too have had time with this man. he is arrogant and poorly informed ... not unlike Mr. Bush.
The issue with Burgess is, of course real, BUT it seems to me that we would be acting like the Repricans if we were to apply this sort of litmus test. Burgess' comment on the issue has been very honest, here he describes his own views "We don't like abortion. We value the sacredness of marriage between a woman and a man. We recognize that not everyone agrees with us and we know the law isn't a good mechanism to resolve these issues, but moral persuasion is."
On every other count, as Goldy himself shows, Burgess looks good or better than good. There is, moreover, no evidence of support for any activities that would limit Gay rights in the Emerald City and certainly nothing in Mr, Burgess record that suggests hew wants to make this an issue anymore than Democrats wanted to make gay marriage an issue in 04. \
I also find it disappointing that Goldy thinks we should elect Della because the man is so incompetent that hew ill be easy to beat in four years. It seems to me at least as likely that in 4 years Mr. Burgess will prove himself, while we all already know what Della is like.
So ,,, if you think Rovism on the Left is a good thing, the go ahead vote for Della. It is no worse than a "responsible" Reprican voting for the clearly incompetent GWB because he would be easy to replace in four more years.
Posted by SM Schwartz at 8:31 AM