December 02, 2004

Is it worth US$50 to you ...

... to keep another governorship out of the hands of the Republican right?

Currently, a machine recount of the vote shows that Democrat Christine Gregoire is 42 votes short of being the next governor of Washington state. Earlier, the first count had shown Gregoire trailing her Republican opponent by several thousand votes.

The Washington Democratic party thinks that a hand recount will show that Gregoire won the election. And, given the results of the machine recounts, we have to agree. The party has to make a deposit of US $750,000 by 5 pm today, Pacific Time. And as of noon, they still needed US $250,000 more.

We suggest that you go here right now and give what you can. This magpie has already reached into our pocket.

You may not be able to get a national recount of the presidential race, but you have the chance to help wreck the Republican party's plans for Washington state.

For more on the Washington recount and why it matters, see Natasha's post from yesterday.

Posted by Magpie at December 2, 2004 12:34 PM | WA Politics | Technorati links |

The problem is that every single candidate I've donated money to this year lost. I'm out several thousand dollars, and I want my fucking money back.

Now they want us to donate more money?

Do we get it back if they can't post by 5pm?

Can't we at least get a donation thermometer?

Is this governor even remotely progressive? I got the distinct impression that people weren't so happy w/ Stephanie Herseth once she won, maybe I'm just imagining it.

I can't list the Democratic Party as a dependent on my tax return, and I know I've spent more money on them than my parents spent on me in the same time period.

Washington didn't vote overwhelmingly for a Democrat, so let them get what they deserve. Blue State my ass.

Posted by: Capt. Jean-Luc Pikachu at December 2, 2004 01:38 PM

dear captain

what a pile of crap.

yer pal,

Posted by: Magpie at December 2, 2004 02:44 PM

Every loss just means more work and more money is needed; not less. This NJer loved Washington when he visited and plans a return trip soon. Contribution made!

Posted by: Scott at December 2, 2004 03:01 PM

Quick question for Magpie: which candidates did you donate money to?

Cause right now, I've got Morrison, Matsunaka, Knowles, Carson, Newberry, Murphy, Schneider, Schrader, Farmer, Barend, Romero, Mongiardo, Konop, Miller, Dean and, of course, John^2.

So I'd love to know which candidates you supported. If you've got a winning eye for progressives, then I'd be happy to follow your lead.

Posted by: Capt. Jean-Luc Pikachu at December 2, 2004 03:24 PM

I've already contributed $50 to the recount and will donate 50 more. I'm unemployed and looking, one of those unemployment statistics you've heard so much about on the news. Ain't got much money, but this is money well spent. A hundred dollars to help keep freedom alive in WA state. Given we have a GOoPer as Attorney General, we have to do whatever it takes to keep the Governor seat in the D column. Otherwise, this state will become another Idaho, or worse Texas.

And you know what? I contributed to the same races that the good captain did. Do I want my money back 'cause they lost? No.
What the hell do you think this is, Nordstrom's?
Don't like the outcome of the race, you get a refund? Let's see you try that in Vegas when you lose a double down at Blackjack.

The worse thing about this election isn't just the criminal way it was run but also its about the bitchy, whining Dems who have come out sniveling online. I'm sick to death reading this crap from folks who haven't the balls face reality like real people.

Point fingers, point-point-point.
Spit into the wind.
Rant and rave.
Jump up and down.

We lost, we move on. We find out where the GOoPers screwed the pooch in the election and get indictments if possible. If not, then we are the wiser next time.

Hey, I'm pissed about the election too, but I plan to do something about it. It doesn't include sitting on my ass in the dark whining and sniveling online like a 3rd grader who didn't get their way.

Fight, lose, fight harder.

Posted by: David Aquarius at December 2, 2004 03:47 PM

I'm not "pissed" because we lost, I'm furious because it doesn't seem as if any Democrats have learned anything from this election. (Billings? Maybe?)

I like your algorithm, but please tell me how we are "wiser" from losing? From what I can tell, you're an unemployed man giving money to a Dem who couldn't take a "Blue State".

I guess we'll know more in an hour, good luck.

Posted by: Capt. Jean-Luc Pikachu at December 2, 2004 04:13 PM

I gave $35 about an hour ago to the recount thing through MoveOn Pac. Hopefully some miracle will occur and they raise enough money. I have some debt, but this is my way of thumbing my nose at the other guys! I am not sure if there is time, but if there is please give a donation!

Posted by: Jay at December 2, 2004 04:49 PM

Mental note:
With a track record like that, never bet on the same horses at the track as Capt. Pikachu.

Hey, Kerry donated $200K of the money he didn't spend on trying to win the presidency to the Wa. recount.

Posted by: Scott at December 2, 2004 07:22 PM

It's too late to contribute more now, but if Gregoire had a problem in this race, it was that the Democrat we've had as governor the last two terms hasn't been well thought of. The Republicans brought in a moderate sounding state legislator who's served in an overwhelmingly Democratic state government and hasn't had a chance to do anything crazy on the record.

But we sent a Dem back to the Senate & kept all our congressional seats, so don't write the whole state off, please.

Posted by: natasha at December 2, 2004 08:22 PM

I gitta disagree with you, Natasha. The state legislature wasn't "overwhelmingly Democratic" during Rossi's tenure in the Senate. If I'm not mistaken, Republicans controlled that house in Olympia for most, if not all, of the decade he was there. For part of that time, they also ran the House, I think.

So Rossi is not only without culpability for the state's FUBAR tax structure and economic status, in fact he was an important figure in the party that controlled the purse strings. And that party's leadership, of which he was an important member, gutted the social safety net, ruined the state's educational system, severely damaged environmental standards, and fought to remove civil liberties and human rights from Washingtonians.

By no means can it be argued that Rossi "hasn't had a chance to do anything crazy on the record." He's had lots of chances, and he's taken full advantage of them.

Posted by: N in Seattle at December 3, 2004 02:51 AM