The October 17 cover of the Stranger, King County’s leading satanic publication, pictures Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna laughing. Superimposed over the photo are giant letters spelling out the question, “WHY IS THIS MAN LAUGHING?” and the Stranger’s answer: “Because he thinks you‘re stupid enough to vote for him.”
Inside, the supporting article is co-authored by the twin Stranger political avatars: Dan Savage, the Svengali of Sexual Perversion and David “Goldy” Goldstein, the maven of Marxist economics. Like virtually everything we read at the Stranger, almost every word in the article is a lie.
This is my defense of McKenna.
The article begins with a compendium of shop-worn stereotypes the far Left routinely uses to slander Conservatives:
- “hateful social agenda” – when all the hate is clearly coming from the Left,
- “class warfare-waging” – when “class warfare” is Leftist economics in a nutshell,
- “bust unions” – when it is the Left that is busting blue collar prosperity,
- “ban gay marriage” when, in fact, there is no gay marriage to ban and the Left wants to impose its social agenda using Government Force, and
- “cutting taxes on corporations and millionaires” – Marxist Code for Free Enterprise.
And then the article accuses McKenna of being a Conservative or, in their vernacular, one of “those Republicans.”
Along with almost everything else in the article, this is a totally false accusation.
The authors attack those brilliant (King County) McKenna signs “asking you to vote for President Obama, R-74, and Rob McKenna” and they use the perennial gutter language of the left when they call the concept “a complete and total f***ing lie.” It is not. McKenna would make a great addition to that kind of a ballot. (See why below.)
They suggest that Dino Rossi faded in King County in 2008 (as compared with 2004) because voters “discovered” he was pro-life [a much better explanation is here: Dino Rossi: Not the Pro-Life Choice] which implies that McKenna is, somehow, himself “pro-life friendly.” This is another laughably false accusation. [fuller coverage of that here: Mr. McKenna’s Neighborhood] Rob McKenna is very reliably pro-abortion choice.
Under a section called “The Real Rob McKenna” the article tries to convince readers that McKenna opposes gay rights because his office “drafted” a neutral ballot title for R74 (that they hated because it failed to adequately confuse voters in test polls). Again, a totally false accusation. Rob McKenna so believes in gay rights that the former Boy Scout’s preference is to open the Scouts up to homosexual Scout Masters.
One of the most ill-conceived attacks in the article is that McKenna must be Conservative (“those Republicans”) because he was the Washington State chair for the McCain campaign. Absurd. McKenna not only chaired that campaign, for a man disliked by large numbers of Republicans and absolutely hated by many, the most liberal Republican nominee since G. Herbert Walker Bush, an advocate of unconstitutional indefinite detention, involuntary medical experimentation, radical environmentalist cap-and-trade energy rationing, across-the-board amnesty for illegals, and the author of radical-left McCain Feingold, McKenna led a Washington State campaign that slandered conservatives, divided the Party, stole nomination votes by rules violations and breaking Washington State Law, and led DIRECTLY to the election of Barack Obama. True liberals should not only reject the false accusations of Savage and Goldy, they should hoist Rob McKenna on their shoulders in celebration of his McCain chairmanship. How did McKenna know McCain would pick Palin? He can’t be held accountable for that.
They try to say McKenna is Conservative because of allegedly “shoddy constitutional arguments.” Amazing. Shoddy constitutional arguments are the hallmark of the Left! They should be cheering! And McKenna’s constitutional arguments beg opposite conclusions of the article’s claims. His argument for forcing pharmacists to market abortion drugs against their will and their Constitutional rights, for instance, is classic liberal doublespeak: letting them exercise their freedom of religion would violate the freedom of religion, according to the Attorney General. Ingenious! Almost Satanic! Not Remotely Conservative.
Over and over again the article veers into Far Left Fantasy land:
They say Obama “lifted his health care plan from conservative think tanks.” [There is not a conservative think tank in history that would create a government controlled health care plan like ObomneyCare.]
But the worst deception in the article might be that “old-timey Seattle liberals” looking for a “Dan Evans Republican” might be disappointed in Rob McKenna. Absolutely Not!
Rob McKenna is the absolute epitome of the Evans-Gorton-Pritchard-Munro-“Mainstream” wing of the GOP. His candidacy, alone, has sent shock waves of excitement through the organization founded by and for the culture of Liberal Republicanism.
His influence would be profound as Governor. If you want a liberal Republican Party, reject the partisan lies of the Stranger.
You can’t do better than to vote McKenna.
IN fact, we can virtually reverse the opening words of the article:
The Stranger thinks you’re stupid.
Savage and Goldy think all voters in Washington are stupid.
How Stupid? Enough to believe it when they say he’s a Conservative. But…