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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Following the advice of Stefan Sharkansky, last night I attended the 43rd District picnic in North Seattle where I got to hear a short speech from Washington's next governor, Dino Rossi.  I've been excited about this guy since I first heard about him, but this was the first time I got to actually see him in the flesh, or even hear him speak. 

And let me tell you, he's good.  He reminds me a lot of Tim Pawlenty, who took the governorship of Minnesota in 2002 on a similar pro-business/pro-jobs platform.  His speech hit all the right notes: our state economy is lousy; this is because the same people have been in power for the last 20 years; Washington is a great state, we should have a stronger than normal economy, not weaker; if you want something other than the status quo, then you want Rossi.  I'm paraphrasing a bit--he could use some sharper speech writing with more memorable lines, though this was just an off the cuff stump speech (on an actual stump)--but all the core concepts that are needed to win an election in Washington, on both sides of the Cascades, were there.

Also there were a pack of half a dozen NARAL protesters, reminding us all that Rossi is not in favor of abortion.  I don't think they did anything but encourage the 75 or so beleaguered Seattle Republicans that were there, though.  After all, if they're protesting a picnic, of all things, they must be somewhat worried. 

Incidentally, if the Rossi campaign is looking for a part-time speechwriter for those memorable lines, I just might know someone...

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