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    Bad: No more Norm Dicks. Good: No Dennis Kucinich here.

    Obama, Romney, Washington state Dems head the pack this week's roster of losers. Plus, Snohomish County's Aaron Reardon piles on more trouble for his party.

    Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon

    Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon Aaronreardon.com

    U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair.

    U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair. None

    This week, President Barack Obama and GOP frontlagger Mitt Romney are both losers. That's what winning does in the crazy world of politics.

    Romney loses because of his big wins on Super Tuesday, capped by a narrow, weak sister victory in Ohio. The Los Angeles Times headline: "Romney fails to deliver knock-out blow."

    After the primary, a Romney campaign advisor indicated Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul aren't in this way, that only "an act of God" can stop Mitt now.

    For the party and the public, Romney's slog to the nomination is as exciting at the card in Monopoly where you win second prize at a beauty contest. Or, as the National Review's Rich Lowry put it, Romney is the candidate of "eh." 

    And this was a good week for Mitt.

    As for Obama, he's peaking too soon. 

    You cannot have your comeback in March. He gave a presidential press conference where he got to play the Commander-in-Chief card, his numbers are up, and the news cycle has been dominated by Rush Limbaugh's troubles. How bad was Limbaugh's week? Don Imus — yes, Don Imus — called him an "insincere pig" and a "pill-popping pinhead." Truth, of course, is a defense against libel.

    Obama also appears to be surviving the posthumous Breitbart "scandal" video showing shockingly that the president was an articulate advocate of diversity and civil debate at Harvard in the '90s, and who didn't need a Teleprompter. What a snob.

    Still, if Obama bounces back now, it leaves too much time for the media to gin-up the Comeback Kid meme for Romney later on. And it's generally better to have the last comeback so you go into election day with mo'. So, will Obama have time for a double comeback before election day? (A double comeback trumps double secret probation, by the way.)

    A good week for Obama, but the timing is bad in terms of the looong game.

    On the local front, losers everywhere.

    Washington state citizens are losers because of the loss of Norm Dicks, who announced he is not running for re-election after 18 terms (not years, terms!). David Brewster had a great piece of analysis of what the loss means for the state, and it is huge. End of an era. You do not get old-growth politicians overnight, and we've lost the biggest Doug Fir in the woods.

    We can start, though. Maybe Denny Heck in the new 10th District has Dicks potential.

    The scramble is on among Democrats for Dicks' seat (here's the new 6th District), and happily we now know that Dennis Kucinich will not be in the mix for Dicks' seat or any other in the state, at least not until Yelm is its own district. The fact that Kucinich is not coming makes the state's media big losers because every single one of us wanted to cover that debacle.

    More losers: Senate Democrats in Olympia who lost the budget initiative and were road-killed by three in their own party who sided with the Republicans on the ugly budget. A special session (ugh) is now in the offing. Worse for the Democrats, there are signs that at the state level, things are going the GOP's way. One of the Dem defectors was Eastside Sen. Rodney Tom, who used to be a Republican. In fact, a few years ago, Republicans were flipping over to the D's, and you have to wonder, is the tide turning? Are D's losing the fiscal case? 

    Eastside Rep. Deb Eddy, a moderate Dem, also announced she's just getting out of Oly. Should we be concerned about the center not holding?

    There will be payback, of course. Another senate Democrat defector, Jim Kastama, was running for Secretary of State. He's now going to be Secretary of Squat.

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    Posted Fri, Mar 9, 7:56 a.m. Inappropriate

    Nice job Knute:
    You're the king of generalities, served up hot off the mainstream pressline. Is this where WA pundits come to write? Good riddance to the doug fir, he's a talisman for the military industrial complexes success in Pugetopolis. Now we have to figure out how to deescalate the empire that he helped build. Ho hum, that's not news worthy of mention. That's leaning too far forward, right(or left)? No wonder 50-75% don't vote for this crap!


    Posted Fri, Mar 9, 8:01 a.m. Inappropriate

    "...it leaves too much time for the media to gin-up the Comeback Kid meme"

    Yeah. Dontcha just hate it when the media gins shit up, Knute?


    Posted Fri, Mar 9, 8:23 a.m. Inappropriate

    I think there should be a tax on the media ginning up the stale and predictable Comeback meme.

    Posted Fri, Mar 9, 10:07 a.m. Inappropriate

    Denny Heck will be a great Congressman. And so will Derek Kilmer. The torch is passed and it is in good hands.

    Posted Fri, Mar 9, 11:56 a.m. Inappropriate

    Kucinich had become the Ron Paul of the far left...to his fans, he could do no wrong even if it meant moving to Washington and screwing up a House race (and possibly helping a GOP to win).

    I agree with Snus's take on Heck and Kilmer...and we've got a very good group of Dems running in the 1st as it is. Let Dennis stay home and start a think tank or something...he'd probably have more effect that way on the issues about which he claims to be so concerned.

    I don't see that Kastama's budget vote will hurt him in his race for Secretary of State. He wasn't going to get a lot of King County Dem votes in the primary anyway. I plan to vote for him in August.


    Posted Fri, Mar 9, 12:07 p.m. Inappropriate

    General Zod?

    Posted Fri, Mar 9, 2:18 p.m. Inappropriate

    Good: Dicks is going. Now maybe we can reduce the corruption and cronyism in politics. Though in mentioning cronyism, I saw the mention of Kilmer's wife as having recently gotten a state job. How? The News Tribune article http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/08/22/1791462/jennifer-kilmer-picked-as-director.html highlights her capabilities as "Kilmer will have at least one natural ally among the Legislature’s budget writers. She’s married to Democratic Sen. Derek Kilmer, chief author of the Senate’s capital-construction budget." This was how David Dicks got appointed to be Executive Director of the Puget Sound Partnership. He had the ability to influence the source of funding. And what did he do once in office? He sent $10,000 to the Cascade Conservancy where his brother Ryan worked, and falsified a contract so Norm's 3rd largest political contributor (K&L; Gates) would get a sole-source contract.

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