Post by Carl Ballard
I guess now that we have a top 2 primary, there may be times when you have to vote for someone who you don’t like in a primary for political reasons. If there’s a crowded field on the Democratic side and only 2 Republicans for something, I might vote for a Democrat who is more likely to win than one I like so there aren’t 2 Republicans in a race. Nothing like that is the case in the Senate race, so I don’t see why it’s an issue. But I guess it’s an issue for Red County blogger Chris Widener.
Kathryn Serkes, Clint Didier’s paid consultant said this today about Dino Rossi’s campaign: “I find it particularly odd that somebody who lost his last two statewide elections wants to pretend he is the front-runnner…”
Did she say the ellipses at the end too? Also, zing.
This begs the question and I ask it of the readers of Red County: What IS a front-runner? What would make you consider someone the front-runner?
Why would you care who’s the front runner in a race that will almost certainly be Patty Murray and a Republican? HOW would your vote be different if someone else was the front-runner? Vote for who you want to win the primary. Seriously, I don’t understand why this is an issue.
As you answer this question with your answers in the comment section below, ask yourself which of the two, Didier or Rossi (poor Paul Akers, the forgotten candidate) is the front-runner according to that criteria.
“As you answer this question with your answers” is my favorite phrase ever. I’m still trying to get my head around why front-runnership matters. I guess if you mean most likely to beat Patty Murray in a general election, then that’s a thing. But they’re both more likely to lose than win, so that can’t mean too much.
Of course I have my opinion. I’m trying to think of one area that Didier might be ahead in. Probably support from the furthest right wing of our party. Other than that, Rossi is far ahead after just three weeks in the campaign. Which begs another question: Has Didier become just another politician, allowing his handlers to do anything, say anything in order to score political points and achieve political gain? Has he just become another horse to ride for political consultants like Serkes?
Der, name recognition among DC area football fans.
Look, of course Rossi is probably going to get through to the general. But it’s not a crazy strategy to point out that he’s 0-2 in statewide elections.