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Thursday, January 19, 2006

McGavick/Stevens Alliance?

Cross Posted at Respectfully Republican.

That's the latest chatter in the blogosphere (at least from a return search of Technorati for “McGavick”).

Elliot Bundy, a former staffer of Senator Stevens, is reportedly coming to work on the McGavick campaign. That's according to the Washington State Democrats website. Horsesass.org “coincidently” picked up the same exact talking points. In what could be the first tit-for-tat-spat of the campaign, we will have to wait and see if the McGavick campaign takes the bait and fires back.

My feeling is that they won't. With a full slate of upcoming public speaking engagements, McGavick appears to be taking the high road, focusing instead on a positive Republican agenda for Washington State. Here's an interesting column by Joni Balter about the Stevens v. Cantwell dynamic.

Personally, I think it's hilarious that Goldy and the Washington Dems want to paint McGavick as too extreme for Washington State, because all I hear from conservative Republicans is that he's too much of a mainstream moderate. In effect, McGavick's real challenge so far has been reaching out to the grassroots, and placating the conservative elements in the Party. But to win this election, he'll need to bridge the gap between sub-urban moderates and rural conservatives.

I can't wait till Maria starts airing TV Commercials showing oil rigs in the Puget Sound, *enter the seedy voice "Mike McGavick wants to drill for oil - IN THE PUGET SOUND, vote NO on Mike McGavick, he's too extreme for Washington." Believe you me, Cantwell's going to be on the edge come late August, early September, and especially during the sprint to November.

This is one promising race ahead of us folks, I hope you're all tuning in.


At 7:21 AM, Blogger Chief RZ said...

What are the Republican's chances for the Senate seat? What is your take on the Governor's campaign? Dirty, illegal, union-connected? other?

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Patrick said...

The odds are stacked against Republicans in Washington: Democrats control the Governor's mansion, both chambers of the legislature, and both Senate seats.

However, like most people I know, I'm "cautiously optimistic" about Mike McGavick's chances in this race.

As for 2008 and the Governor's race, it's still too far out. Gregoire's approval numbers have reportedly risen in recent months, but she is going to have a hard time getting the storm clouds to go away.

See my blog Respectfully Republican for updates on both races.

At 1:30 AM, Blogger Will said...

Oh please, please, please, please, please, please have Sen. Ted "Give me my f-ing bridge" Stevens come to WA to campaign for Cantwell.

Too bad, because Cantwell it BEAT-UH-BULL.

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Patrick said...


Cantwell is vulnerable, and the Washington State Dems know it.

Cantwell is also a hypocrite, and has a fair number of political gaffes, mis-steps, and other "skeletons in her closet" that diminish her status in this state.

Her challenger, Mike McGavick, wants to run a positive campaign, so it's not likely you'll see any McGavick funded ads that put, oh say, Osama bin Laden and Maria Cantwell in the same TV spot.

That's not to say the WSRP won't be highlighting Cantwell's hypocrisy and extremism. Perhaps it will boil down to the national "largess" bestowed upon the candidates by their respective National Committees. As soon as Cantwell takes money from PACs, she will have hung herself by her own voalition.


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