In September, 2008, we published an article, The Deceptive Comfort of Uncertainty, about a comment to the Reagan Wing that was outstanding for its foolishness, and we talked then about the delicious irony of people who betray irrational hatred while accusing us of hate, who demonstrate great ignorance while accusing us of a lack of knowledge. The commenter of “Uncertainty” had absolute knowledge that nothing could be absolutely known.
Despite his growing personal irrelevance to the Party he once chaired (’til his self-inflicted resignation of Jan. 2006), Vance has repeatedly been used as a touchstone of quotations for the liberal media. Like Colin Powell and John McCain (nationally), he’s the kind of Republican they like to keep resuscitating. (If Vance is “conservative” then look how “moderate” their commies look!) So he has assumed the tenacity of the undead, like a ghost that cannot leave earth til it has paid for its crimes. And, like the Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction, he continues to exact retribution on the Party for its indiscretion. He keeps coming back, refusing to be ignored. Too bad the GOP slept with him.
(Be sure to watch the video to its conclusion)
Vance is exercised about our comments, yesterday, <here> about his 2004 “REVOTE WA” campaign (to try to get Democrats to voluntarily shoot themselves in the head, politically, by the sheer enthusiasm for the project by Republicans.) I said Vance was just doing it to grandstand to get re-elected.
Chris took great exception to the accusation of having that political ambition and wrote the following in comment on the article:
The objective of the WSRP and the Rossi campaign was a new election. We didn’t ask the judiciary to make Dino Governor, we were asking for a new election.
The public campaign was launched to support the legal strategy and had nothing to do with WSRP elections.
Your willingness to blatantly…..fabricate…..continues to amaze me.
I once offered Mr. Vance a wager of $10,000 that I could PROVE a claim he had been making publicly was a lie. Vance’s lie was part of his “Big Tent” drive to destroy the 2004 Senatorial Candidacy of former long-time King County GOP Chair and Seattle Pacific Political Science Professor, Dr. Reed Davis (too conservative) through fabrications and censorship. Vance had been claiming that no one but Reed had ever refused to sign Vance’s Candidate Censorship Agreement. Challenged, he retreated to “no one during my tenure as State Chair.” But I knew he was making it up, like almost everything else he said during that campaign of Republican candidate destruction (leading directly to a flaming GOP defeat in the Senate Race that year, as well as in the State House and Senate and US Congressional seats and most statewide offices and sending Washington’s electors to vote for John Kerry).
So I publicly challenged him to the $10,000 bet.
What do you think happened?–What usually happened when anyone expected a rational outcome from Vance –
Nothing. He would not respond.
Now he returns to the Reagan Wing with new fabrications about “fabrication” … and gloriously… as if his mission was to demonstrate my claims of his forked tongue-ed-ness… ties himself in knots.
Vance’s comment begins with a Yogi Berra-ism. The great Yankee catcher was famous for the creative word-bungle. He once said of a restaurant, for instance, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” But one gets the sense that Vance, unlike Yogi, is not consciously offering it as humor.
“your revisionist history is completely inaccurate”
Given that the purpose of revising history is to be untruthful, I’m gratified that Vance has exonerated me. “Inaccurate” revisionist history, though difficult, by definition has to be truth!
He then confirms that, as I said, the objective of the “REVOTE WA!” campaign was not to get the legislature to crown Rossi, but to get a new election. (Thus, as I also pointed out, removing Christine Gregoire’s—fraudulent—“victory.”) Vance says this with a stridency that suggests he hasn’t noticed he is repeating me.
And he ends with an incredible claim. It is, though he doesn’t point it out, that the ONLY thing he ever actually accomplished by pouring millions of Republican Party dollars into “Revote WA!” and the Rossi lawsuit, and putting Rossi staff on the WSRP payroll, the Rossi endorsement of Vance’s re-election that makes no sense in any other light, was never intended.
In the process, Vance created a mound of unfunded liability for the Party. Luke Esser pointed out in the State Chair debate last month that when he took over, even two chairs later, the Party was still in debt because of it. But it got Vance the one thing he needed.
The thing he needed to overcome his legacy of liberalism, legal license, and looseness with the truth: the (apparently expensive) endorsement of Dino Rossi. State Committee people who were NOT, at the time, Vance supporters deferred to Dino, held their nose, and re-elected Chris.
But that was not his intention….