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Why Darcer Burner lost, the Digest

Lots of second guessing going on, which is what this particular season is for. So hindsight being 20/20, here are all the posts I can find on the ongoing discussion in the Washington blogoshere of why Darcy Burner Lost.

Postman blog: A glass ceiling for Darcy Burner?
Evergreen Politics: Women, War and Darcy

NWProgBlog:Simple answers, 8th District version
Sarajane46th at Washblog: Why Darcy Burner Lost

The Stranger: Flood the Zone. A Theory on Why Burner Lost

MyDD: In Close Losses, The Netroots And Local Dems Often Stood Alone

Puget Sound Pulse:  No Mulligans in Politics

Cascadia Report: Two Reasons Why Darcer Burner Lost

And, my own best guess: Because we don't hate Bush enough around here

The point of second guessing isn't to undermine the person we were supporting, or to throw a failure into the face of the failed, but to rather explore the perspectives that we enjoy with hindsight. Plus, its kind of fun.

By the way, did I miss any other posts? Let me know if I did. 

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Why Did Darcy Lose?
Glass Ceiling (Darcy via Seattle Times blog)
No LD candidates in the 5th (Oemig via Slog)
Seattle Times op-ed (Washblog)
Not anti Bush enough (Olympia Time)
Too inexperienced (Cascadia Report)
Close races are close (NWPI)

Votes: 13
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and we get to gander at the repainted Carvillian bill boards,
we get to 'oh' and 'ah' about the new landscaping at the decrepit houses of worship,
and we get to hear the the re-vamped happy happy merry go round music,
and we get to declare

THIS IS NEW! I've never been here before or seen this stuff before or heard this music before!

Hoo Ray, a New Day!

Thanks emmetto for a really great synopsis of the synopiiiiiii (I didn't take latin).

Each writer has points I enjoyed, I thought about, I disagreed with -

(except for our bundle of love and joy ... Ivan)

BUT

without analysis, we are just gonna keep going to keep spinning round and round on the Carvillian Potemkin puke machine.

Thanks to all writers.

rmm.

http://www.liemail.com/BambooGrassroots.html

by rmdSeaBos on Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 06:44:15 PM PST

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Any notion that Darcy Burner could have or should have been able to close this deal on her own was idiotic. A novice does not run successfully against an incumbent with 30 years of public service in his constituency without something to give her a boost over the top. Had Ms. Burner been able to spend 5 or 6 million of her own money, that might have done it, but what really had to happen was for the party to get unified behind a Burner message of a citizen-candidacy.

Carol Shea-Porter in the New Hamshire 1st district. Used that message to good effect. But if Burner could not claim to be a Cinderella-story candidate, she needed backing from the party figures - most importantly the top of the ticket.

The superfical similarities between Burner and Cantwell could have been the glue that held a great story together. Burner could have run as Cantwell Jr. and that would have worked.

She couldn't because of the appalling misjudgment of Cantwell and her supporters in gauging the Iraq issue and how much the electorate was upset. Rather than helping Burner ride the blue tide in the 8th, Cantwell put the brakes on. Burner's campaign was always going to have to be a negative anti-Bush message. She simply could not compete on credentials and it was ridiculous to expect her to do so. Once you're committed to a negative message, you have to go all the way and get support. Burner didn't get enough support and thus the Seattle Times felt comfortable undoing her candidacy with their nonsense.

Once Cantwell knew she would win - and she certainly should have - she should have committed resources and, most importantly, message to the Burner campaign. In politics one cannot expect support as a matter of course, but Maria Cantwell has showed that she is not a team player and Washington politicians should not expect anything from her but for her to raise money to forward her own ambitions.

by dlaw on Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 02:38:51 PM PST

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