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Spin Control

WA Dems: Minutia in the slow times

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott managed to mess up a few things in his speech, most notably the date of the election.
"It's not over until 8 o'clock on the Eighth of November," he said.
Actually, by that time, the election will have been over for four days. Election Day this year is Nov. 4.

State Chairman Dwight Pelz took what seemed like an unfair shot at Republican State Attorney General Rob McKenna. Sure, McKenna looks like a Boy Scout, and yes the Democrats would like to replace him. But it seemed to be going a bit far to describe McKenna as "best remembered for his role as Sherman in 'Rocky and Bullwinkle.'"

Well, yeah, it got a laugh. But still.

Former State Chairman got up to give an impassioned arguement against adopting charter Amendments, which would be akin to adopting amendments to the Constitution and shouldn't be taken lightly, he said. But the convention wasn't debating that, he was told; it was merely talking about whether they should change the order of debate on amendments.

"In that case, nevermind," he said.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.