Spin Control

FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010, 12:26 P.M.

Raising money on Sept. 11

If one stays around politics long enough, one will see things flip 180 degrees. Case in point: the suggestion that if a candidate for the U.S. Senate holds a fund-raiser on Sept. 11, it is a crass move that shows a lack of sensitivity for the lives lost to terrorism in 2001.
Thus was it labeled in 2003 by conservatives, when Sen. Patty Murray held a fund-raiser on the second anniversary of the attacks. “Says a great deal about Sen. Murray’s judgment and priorities,” huffed then-state GOP Chairman Chris Vance. Some members of the conservative blogosphere voiced – sometimes thundered – their opprobrium.
Republicans offers no such condemnation, however, for the s “Let’s Roll on to Victory” fund-raiser Saturday to be sponsored by a Gig Harbor GOP group featuring Dino Rossi.
(Note: An earlier version of this post described it as a Rossi fund-raiser; it's not. His staff said he was just accepting an offer to speak.)
Not surprisingly, the other side does. Liberal blogger David Goldstein of Horse’s Ass suggested Rossi’s event will “cheapen the memory of the attack by expropriating it for political gain.”
Who’da thunk Goldy would someday channel Vance?

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