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4th Congressional Race update

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Supposing for a moment that you take the Top 2 Primary of Washington and think through the permutations of how a Democrat oughta vote in the heavily Republican 4th District.  I gather, from the suggestion made by the political pundit class, that any number of Democrats there took a deep breath and cast their lot with the “Establishment” pick, Newhouse, for fear that the Tea Party candidate Didier would end up in a match-up with the Democrat and win in the general election.  This would be at the cost of a general election with differing perimeters of Overton Window where the debates held and thus to whatever extent thrown into public discourse in route the Republican’s November win would be off to the right.

Now ponder this.

Didier dismissed Newhouse as a “career politician” and Hastings as a lawmaker beholden to business interests. He said he did not seek or expect Hastings’ support.

“They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps – so I think people can easily figure out if they want a Congressman whose friends and supporters are lobbyists, Dow Chemical, Dupont, Monsanto, DC and other beltway insiders whose money and power have gotten us into the mess we’re in now– or one who is supported by liberty-loving patriots who want to limit federal government powers and restore our freedoms.”

Granted, Newhouse probably remains the lesser of two evils — when push comes to shove he’d decide against throwing the country over the “Fiscal Cliff” — but it’s interesting to see Didier touching the buttons of corporate welfare and… wait, did he really throw in Monsanto?

so, how did gordon pross do?

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Is this the end of the line for Gordon Allen Pross?

Besides abolishing taxes, Pross believes in securing America’s border with drones, restoring the American dollar, ending the Federal Reserve banking system, bringing back a military draft and putting an end to “the tyranny” in American government, he said.

Drones?  Like… those things used by Amazon dot com to deliver packages?  Ye Gads!

He called Congress a “pit of vipers” and told the Herald if he were elected he would expose “those people who hold the purse strings to your gold dust.”


One of Pross’ priorities in Congress would be to try and start a self-sustaining community of about a thousand people who are “down on their luck,” he said. He would want the community to mass-produce a commodity to help turn their lives around.
If successful, Pross believes the community could become a blueprint for politicians to implement across the nation, he said.
“I would want to make everyone a millionaire in two years,” he said.

When everyone’s a millionaire, nobody’s a millionaire.

Pross didn’t receive a single vote in a straw poll following a candidate forum in June. He dismissed the notion that he is a long shot in the primary, saying he hasn’t stopped fighting since 1998 and he won’t stop now.
“If you hate me you need to vote for me,” he said. “I’m going to bring things to the universe you can’t even imagine.”

Wait.  What?

Pross will not be discouraged if he doesn’t make it to the general election for the fifth time, he said. He is confident his willingness to take on corruption will one day lead to him representing the district.
“You want America or ‘Pretendica?’ ” he said.

Yes.  Candidates like them really do spice up the electoral process, don’t they?
Final returns in 2014.  137 votes.  point two percent of the vote.  I think it is the worst of his showings.  Just ahead of Kevin Midbust … unless there’s a cache of eleven Midbust votes lying about somewhere.

2 candidates… Pross and Didier… duking it out

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Okay.  The one man I want to hear from at this big Congressional candidate forum.

Republican Gordon Allen Pross, who farms outside Ellensburg, said the national debt is actually $218 trillion. The eight-time candidate wants to go to Washington, D.C., to take on tyranny.

“I need to get that ball rolling up there because we haven’t had any leadership up there for 100 years,” Pross said.

Sure… and then there’s…

The audience laughed when Eltopia farmer and former pro football tight end Clint Didier, who recently made headlines by having a drawing for three guns, randomly drew a question about gun background checks. He said anyone but convicted felons should be allowed to buy guns, and later took on Common Core standards in education.

“Common Core is a direct result of our involvement with the United Nations,” he said. “Ladies and gentlemen, I want the United States out of the UN and the UN out of the United States … You look at our founding fathers they were much more educated than we are today. We are losing ground because government is involved.”


crying out for attention, because how else is he going to get any traction?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


I’m having trouble unscrambling the components of this ad.  So, Democratic prospect Estakio Beltran shoots at an elephant shaped pinata, as “what happens to an elephant who stand around doing nothing for too long”, and then he rides off on a donkey to Washington DC.

It’s labeled here as throwing “a hail Mary“.  Maybe that’s the word we may as well use for advertisements whose main purpose is to get national publicity for low funded candidacies.

As in… what does this ad even signify?

(1).  He’s asserting his gun rights bonafides against the national Democratic Party’s agenda for his rural Central Washington district.
(2).  There’s something maybe gleefully politically incorrect about using the pinata as an icon… maybe?

Trying to get to that whole Herman Cain attempt at a racial “I’m playing the part of some of your racial stereotypes just for the Hell of it” thing… See the National Review commentary.
An hispanic man shooting a piñata. That made me laugh. A lot.
And riding a burro donkey. All that’s missing is a bottle of tequila.

See therefor, almsot getting at one issue the NR might go to if Beltran were actually successful with this adWhile the media’s reaction to the offensive video is predictable, there’s little doubt that if a Republican candidate made a similar ad they’d be accused of promoting violence against Democrats.  Interestingly, they don’t make the case on cultural and racial lines.
(3).  Huh. 
This inane Capitol-cowboy equation of political struggle with armed conflict puts Beltran not in the company of compassionate statesmen, but in the company of Sarah “Reload” Palin, a Georgia anti-Obama redneck with a cannon, this Alabama Republican dude with his gun BBQ smoker, and the lady who brags about how well she can de-nut a pig.
On the Palin ad I always half wanted to defend it from the insinuation associating it with the Gabrielle Giffords shooter anyways, so…


cracking the top 2

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

So… who’s going to make the top 2 in the big Washington State 4th Congressional district race to take over from the retiring Richard “The Doc” Hastings?

Apparently, the Republican Establishment pick is Dan Newhouse, so he is expected to get in there.  The second pick comes down to … apparently one of these candidates

Former professional football player and candidate and “far righter” Clint Didier (one of “those guys“.)
State Senator Janéa Holmquist, established politician who also happens to be the one woman on the ballot.
Kennewick attorney George Cicotte, because of whatever… he’s Mormon and from the Tri-Cities, says the article, so that’s two voting blocs he might gnab.
Estakio Beltran, because he’s the Democratic Establishment pick.

May I offer a surprise dark horse possibility?  Gavin Siem.  For the simple fact that he is the first name on the ballot of 12 candidates.

all about the hanford dump

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Thoughts on this?   Leaving aside the issue of politicians’ hypocrisy and whatnot…

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings’ Central Washington district received the most federal money from the 2009 stimulus act, snagging more than 500 times as much per resident than the bottom-ranked district of former Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York.
That’s the conclusion by three economists released Thursday by The Brookings Institution who tracked how $308 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was dispersed around the nation.
But the paper says Hastings’ 4th District includes Spokane. Spokane is actually represented by Hastings’ fellow Republican, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
Ethan Kaplan, a economist at the University of Maryland and one of the paper’s three authors, said Friday the mistake was only a descriptive error and did not alter the study’s findings.

It’s like, I say when I’m from Eastern Washington, and everyone always says “Spokane?”  And the goddamned Brookings Institution does the same damned thing!

the fight for the fight

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Just in case you’re curious on what Doc Hastings’s final fights are all about…

Wind Farms versus Eagles.

An environmental conundrum, I can assure you.  Harness the Wind, or let the eagle soar?
Oh, and… the never ending thing about Hanford… which will be there after his successor finally decides to retire in 20 years.

stop the madness

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Things to ponder.

But Hastings, who announced recently that he won’t seek re-election after 10 terms, leaves a much more polarized Congress than he entered.

That’s, um, with the “Republican Revolution” of 1994.  Which was all cream puffs, if I recall right.

He was rated the House’s 72nd most conservative member by the National Journal in 2009, just before the tea party wave election of 2010. By 2013, he was ranked 175th most conservative.

Hey.  Let’s compare the political climate of the House for other retiring Representatives… John Dingell, who… has been there for… a while.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2014/02/23/3001863/hastings-not-swayed-by-whims-of.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2014/02/23/3001863/hastings-not-swayed-by-whims-of.html#storylink=cpy

Rush Holt and Doc Hastings are retiring.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Rush Holt is retiring.  He is noted for having beaten a computer on Jeopardy.

There is no interesting piece of trivia for retiring Congress critter Doc Hastings.  Unless being played by a black man, accidentally, on Saturday Night Live counts?

I am curious on this sort of automatic comment.

Pretty clear the retirements of so many of the “old bulls” particularly in the House, but also in the Senate is a result of polarization of the bodies and inability to find common ground on nearly any issue.
Blame goes to both Republicans and Democrats for failing to put the national interest above parochial concerns and partisanship. Having said that, the GOP/Tea Party class of 2010, who’s primary objective is to prevent government from functioning, deserves the lion’s share of the blame.

Another thought: he’s been there twenty years.  That’s a decent amount of time.  A career politician who has had a career of it.  Whether or not he thinks things are getting done.  (And we see his post-retirement acting round about here, where he has no need to cow-tow in any direction, and so, raises the debt ceiling.  Though, I doubt he was ever in the need of sitting in “catch and release” mode for Boehner in rounding up the necessary Republican votes while letting Republicans stay to the right as need be…)

Possible Republican replacements for Hastings include state representatives David Taylor and Brad Klippert and state Sen. Curtis King.

Also… Clint Didier!!!  And… if the 4th district is insane.

Doc Hastings is demanding answers: why, oh why were the Federal Parks closed when we shut down the Federal Government?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The big news out of Congressman Doc Hastings on the matter of the shutdown has been that he has kept his mouth closed for as long as possible.  Eventually we do see that he is interviewed in local media, and I see that he keeps some kind of half hearted standard line — “Republicans just want to talk“.

From there, we see that from the chairman perch Hastings has in the Congress, he is basically required by partisan mandate to do this.  Hearings.  Into the government shutdown of parks.  Why, or why were these Parks barricaded?  And shut down?  With people — people who are very photogenic — bursting about to get into them.  Retired veterans coming to see monuments honoring our veterans.  Shut down out of these parks.  During a… um… government shut down.

Hastings, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, charged the Obama administration has unnecessarily closed parks and barricaded parks to make the shutdown as painful and visible as possible.
“The actions of the Obama administration have sullied our great national park system,” Hastings said.

Yes, this is called “Political Grandstanding”.  The further implications of this charge come in with a thread I’ve seen from the very start of this from Republicans — “The public will turn on Obama and the Democrats if they are seen making political points off of this” — which, in the case of this whole fiasco, the problem here is the Democrats would have to go out of their way not to do this.

Meanwhile, here’s moveon dot org.   Apparently they ran into the office of Doc Hastings Whatever pointless exercise they feel they have to go with, I guess.  From there we get this letter to the Yakima Herald, none of it I particularly believe…

Doc has reinvented himself as a tea party hack, tone deaf to the concerns of his district, uninterested in orderly governance

No, if this were really the case he would have been shouting from the rooftops instead of remaining as mum as possible at the outstart.  [Update: further evidence, of sorts.  Doc Hastings joined the assortment of "Republican Establishments" to get the Debt Ceiling raised and the looming default stopped.  In other words, he's secure in his position and not worried about a primary from the right.]

The comments are amusing.

Martha, if you don’t like Doc (and I am not a fan) instead of publicly whining, get someone with half a brain (D or R) to run against him. 4th district Dem’s haven’t ran a serious candidate against him in a decade….

No.  Bluntly put, publicly whining is the only way to go.   That and keep your distance from your minority party perch.  Though, I would be curious to see if Hastings would retire if his party slid back into the minority.