Sunday, August 31, 2008

An Interesting Occurance in Washington State

Call it political strategy in largely Democratic state, but two of the most contentious battlegrounds for the Republicans (the Governorship and the Bellevue house of Representatives Seat) are running candidates that are not just trying to distance themselves from the Bush Administration - they are trying to distance themselves from McCain.

Dino Rossi and Dave Reichert - both Republicans running for office, the latter for reelection - are not only not mentioning McCain in their speeches, but they are not going to attend the RNC and are talking about Obama as though he were their best friend.

Over and over in Rossi's speeches he talks about Obama and the change he is trying to bring to the United States, saying that change needs to happen in other areas besides just DC. Reichert is skipping the RNC and does not mention McCain once, ever, in any of his speeches.

Both of these are likely a response to poll numbers, as Reichert was more than happy to embrace the Bush Administration when he reached office and Rossi is simply a bad choice for the left leaning state - but what they do indicate, which I enjoy, is that McCain is linked to Bush so much that Republicans are afraid to mention his name.

Hopefully this is a sign of more to come, as the Palin pick will hopefully backfire in the old man's face.

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