July 10, 2006
Curiouser And Curiouser

In 2000, I was impressed by the campaign that Maria Cantwell ran — from the point of view of a political technician, a Dick Morris if you will.  There was much about it that I disliked, even despised, but it was effective.

That's why I find her giving a job to her primary "opponent", Mark Wilson, discussed here and here, so curious.

Let's review.  Cantwell has (courageously or stubbornly, depending on how you want to look at it) taken a position on the war in Iraq that displeases many in the Democratic party.  Wilson was running against her because he disagreed with her on that great issue.  Then they have a secret meeting.  He comes out of the meeting with a job, and she comes out of the meeting with an endorsement.  This makes both Cantwell and Wilson look terrible.

To be blunt, the most obvious explanation is that Cantwell bought Wilson.  This implies that Wilson never believed what he said he did about the war, or at least didn't believe it strongly enough to resist the cash.  And it also implies that Cantwell will bribe people — when she thinks it politically advantageous.  It probably isn't a bribe in the legal sense, but it will look like one to the ordinary voter.

Another possibility is that Cantwell told Wilson in the meeting that she would change her position on the war, making American defeat her goal, thus joining many on the left.  (Not that she would have put it in those words, of course.)  That would mean that her public and private positions on the war now conflict.  The ordinary voter won't like that, either.

There are other possible explanations for this curious agreement, but I am unable to think of one that makes either Cantwell or Wilson looks good.  Curious, indeed.

Posted by Jim Miller at July 10, 2006 07:52 PM | Email This
1. I think the move made by Wilson to "join" the Cantwell team is basically a triumph of power over principle. For the modern left, gaining and wielding power is the ulimate goal of politics, and whatever has to be done to gain it is admissable.

Example 1: Jesse Jackson starting out as a pro-lifer but shedding that principle to move up the Democratic Party ladder.
Example 2: Joe Lieberman moving way left in 2000 after being nominated for VP under Gore (though the party ended up moving even farther, as seen by how difficult his primary run in CT is now).
Example 3: Clintonian triangulation -- speak and campaign as a centrist, but revert to hard left once elections are won.

Posted by: MES on July 10, 2006 08:09 PM
2. or a third possibility, Cantwell dug up some dirt on Wilson and blackmailed him into ending his run and to help avoid the questions (or at least try to) gave him a job.

Posted by: TrueSoldier on July 10, 2006 08:24 PM
3. If American defeat is her goal, she could not possibly do better than to stick with Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Wolfowitz.

Posted by: Mary on July 10, 2006 09:40 PM
4. Hmmm...Cantwell giving a job to her primary opponent...

Now that I think about it, I thought I detected a silly Gomer Pyle "shazam!" look on Wilson's face, and a queasy "I can't believe I just did that" look on Cantwell's during the joint press conference to announce their new alliance...

Posted by: Organization Man on July 10, 2006 09:51 PM
5. Jim, excellent commentary! Both Cantwell and Wilson have egg on their face, and the media isn't shy about piling on! Have you seen any of the recent Robert Mak updates?

Posted by: Patrick on July 10, 2006 09:56 PM
6. I'll just vote for McGavick thank you!

These phony democraps new alliances just amuse the living hell out of me.

Keep up these stupid alliances, Buy out anyone you need, keep looking for massive out of state donations (no one would donate in this state), and with the help of King CAN'T COUNTy Elections, you most likely still have a chance!

But I highly doubt it!

Posted by: GS on July 10, 2006 10:57 PM
7. As much as I'd like to think Democrats were worthy opponents of thought, it usually boils down to raw corruption and the simplest answer is the correct one.

Why more people don't hate Cantwell? She does nothing, which is better than what our state legislature does. So it's a lot like having no one in office at all...you know it's almost good in a small government sort of way :-)

Posted by: Andy on July 10, 2006 11:04 PM
8. Interesting to see what's going on in the Al-Democrat Party.

Posted by: Misty on July 11, 2006 12:28 AM
9. Yep, the simple solution is to just vote McGavick. No need to try and understand the machinations of Democrat strategy and how they justify their failed ideas to each other.


Posted by: Jeff B. on July 11, 2006 12:56 AM
10. Maybe the title was a typo? Curious and Curiouser might have been what Jim meant.

Posted by: Jeff B. on July 11, 2006 07:53 AM
11. "Curiouser And Curiouser" is a quote from "Alice in Wonderland." My guess is that's exactly what Jim meant.

Posted by: Obi-Wan on July 11, 2006 08:13 AM
12. I think the strategist in the cowboy hat did wonders for her the last election. Is he in the camp this time- Ron Dotzhauer?

Posted by: swatter on July 11, 2006 08:16 AM
13. Cantwell's position on the Iraq war is like Kobayashi shoving down 53-3/4 hot dogs at Nathan's on the 4th of July...she makes a show and then goes in the back room and pukes it up just like he did after the WWF of hotdog eating.

Mike has my vote...whether it is counted is another story...fortunately I live in an AlDemocrap leaning hellhole so the SNOHOCO AUDITCO should count it rather than lose my precinct. BTW we are going to take back the land and not leave it to the AlDeathocrat culture...nor to the RINOS either.

BTW should she survive can you see how many outa work AlDemocracts will run against her next time??

Posted by: Col. Hogan on July 11, 2006 08:30 AM
14. Hmmm. Why are they not disclosing Wilson's new income. Is this something they are embarrassed about???

McGavick needs an ad that states that he's running against Cantwell and unlike Wilson, can't be bought.

Posted by: Brent in Ferndale on July 11, 2006 12:37 PM
15. Cantwelll is just like Hilary Clinton and all the other Democrats who will do anything, including buying off an opponent, in order to remain in power. Both she and Wilson should be ashamed of themselves. It just goes to show how low they will stoop in an election year.

Posted by: Clean House on July 11, 2006 06:17 PM
16. You're all jaded and cynical! It's entirely and believably possible that once they sat down and frankly discussed what was important to them, they found that they had much more in common than they had to fight about.

Posted by: DS on July 14, 2006 05:19 PM
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