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Camden: Fighting Over War On Women

Whether there’s a War on Women being waged by politicians around the country is open to debate. There is definitely a War over the War On Women, and Washington has a top commander on both sides of the battle lines. Field marshal for the Democrats is Sen. Patty Murray, who has been using the phrase “War on Women” for months, often in fundraising appeals for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. In simple military terms, the committee’s strategy is to elect as many Democrats to the Senate as possible; its tactic, raise as much money as quickly as possible. … Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers became the new brigadier general in the field last week, assigned to turn the tide for the Republicans. Trying to switch to offense from defense, she wrote a guest column for a conservative news website, took to the microphone at the House GOP leadership press conference and went on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” to declare there is no Republican WOW/Jim Camden, SR. More here.

Question: Is the “War on Women” a reality or a propaganda ploy to raise funds and congressional seats?

Murray Wins Re-election To Senate

Sen. Patty Murray has defeated Republican challenger Dino Rossi, according to The Seattle Times analysis of vote returns. Murray’s victory gives Democrats 53 seats in the Senate/Seattle Times. Story here.

Dems try to deflect voter anger to Wall Street

Patty Murray kicks off her general election campaign in Spokane at the West Central Community Center on Thursday morning, Aug. 19, 2010.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Patty Murray was stuck. Down in the polls for months and facing a well-known Republican challenger, the three-term Democrat was finding a difficult market for her hard-working-senator sales pitch.

Then she started bashing Wall Street and saying her opponent is in the pockets of bankers who want to repeal financial regulations.

Now, less than a month before ballots are distributed in Washington’s vote-by-mail election, Murray is apparently benefiting from some old-fashioned class warfare. She has gone from essentially being tied with challenger Dino Rossi to leading in the latest round of polls, proving that the 2010 Democratic campaign theme of linking the GOP to Wall Street greed can resonate with voters. Curt Woodward, AP Full story.

Wall Street bashing seems to be working for Murray. What do you think of the strategy?

Obama Visit Shakes Up Seattle

President Barack  Obama and Sen.  Patty  Murray, D-Wash., left, take part in a roundtable discussion with small business owners at Grand Central Bakery in Seattle earlier today. Story here. Also: Seattle was hit by sonic booms when fighter jets scrambled to intercept a pilot who’d flown his plane inside a restricted area set up around Boeing Field for the president’s visit here. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Question: Do you view the president’s visit to Seattle as a sign that veteran U.S. Sen. Patty Murray may be in trouble this fall?

Sis: Death Threats Are Out Of Bounds

There have been two recent events flying just below the media radar but which should be sounding alarm bells. Officials in California arrested Gregory Giusti for threatening the life of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In Washington the FBI arrested a Yakima man, Charles Alan Wilson, for threatening the life of Senator Patty Murray. The crime they’re charged with is isn’t just for making the threat, but making the threat with the intent to impede, intimidate, interfere or retaliate against an official in the exercise of her official duties. 18 USC 115 et seq. I raise that point to demonstrate that society has rendered illegal threats of violence as a form of political persuasion. This type of violent coercion is not protected political speech under the first amendment nor should our process be tainted by it/Sisyphus, 43rd State Blues. More here.

Question: Do you think we’re going to see an attempted assassination of an elected official within the next year? Or are the threats Sisyphus mentions above so much hot air from disgruntled, fringe people?

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