"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
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...