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Saturday, December 25, 2004

We Got Lucky in WA (not like we don't deserve it after 11/2/04)

John Kerry and John Edwards easily won Washington State on November 2. It wasn't close, despite promises by the Republicans -- most notably "The Dick" Cheney -- that the GOP would make a real push for Washington's electoral votes. In the end, they did not. Nor did their Senate candidate, the touted "giant killer" George Nethercutt, who did horribly against Democratic incumbent Patty Murray. Now if Murray won by double digits and Kerry won comfortably, than why did the incumbent Attorney General Christine Gregoire have her victory margin be less than the number of people in her family? She was running against novice politico Dino Rossi, and Gregoire seemed to be the likely favorite since Washington is a blue state. But Gregoire ran a bad campaign, and Rossi ran a good one. We won this one (if you haven't heard, its all but official) but we really didn't deserve to. Let's hope Governor-elect Gregoire can run a state better than she can run a campaign. I, for one, will be rooting for her to suceed.

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