Election campaigns can become increasingly disconnected from governing: Our 2009 election has revolved around endorsements, polls, PDC complaints, and interest group litmus tests.Howie P.S.: Lynn Allen is a progressive blogger who writes about "Seattle's Confusing Mayoral Race." The Seattle Times offers this debate coverage: "Seattle mayoral candidates trade sharp exchanges." Sable gets proactive about the King County budget: "Facebook Petition to Save Funding for Human Services."
By reading fundraising pitches from NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, you'd think Seattle City Council candidate Robert Rosencrantz might cast a deciding vote to overturn the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. (Rosencrantz insists he is pro-choice.)
The greenie flavor of the season seems to be how candidates arrive at work. Last week, in the race for King County Executive, Dow Constantine's Prius was pitted against Susan Hutchison's scooter, although Hutchison admitted having a Lexus and a Subaru in the garage.
Does this matter?
The campaign's most important underreported issue is how the voters reach their workplaces.
Voters are about to get ballots in the mail: It might be wise to hang onto them, and hope for a level of accountability that rises above who drives a Prius and who's the bigger abortion supporter.
Monday, October 19, 2009
(Seattle) "Election is mired in trivialities, missing the bus"