Living in King County myself, I have REALLY STRONG feelings on this. I have always been Democratic in my heart. I align with those ideals and rarely have voted for ultra-conservatives, HOWEVER, Christine Gregoire smugly thought she had this election in the bag and zipped about a year ago. Nobody saw Dino Rossi coming. But when he started to speak and really deal with the devastation of our high unemployment out here (2nd in the Nation --what recovery
??) a LOT of people started to listen. Gregoire mis-calculated the need for jobs, jobs, jobs and what can really turn our state around.
10 years ago Seattle was the Land of Milk & Honey. We had Pearl Jam, we had Nirvana, we had grunge, baby. We were the center of the universe. We had the entire dot.com revolution right here; we had Starbucks, Nintendo, Real Networks, REI, Boeing, and a bevy of other huge corporations that came to our state to set up shop. Then the Democrats put thick, red tape on new businesses and taxed the living daylights out of existing ones....so much so that Boeing fled to Chicago, closing the 747 and 757 plants by attrition and taking over 73,000 jobs with them.....and a huge peripheral of prosperity on their coattails. The dot.coms became dot.bombs, and unemployment spiked to the highest in the nation. Our schools are way over budget, nobody without a good job of at least $35K here in Seattle can afford health insurance; and the average commute time in King County is 47 minutes on a good day! For 20+ years Democrats have controlled everything in this state focusing great time and effort on criminal rehabilitation; gay marriage; needle exchange; a corrupt light rail system and one of the largest percentages of "much needed social programs" on a per capita basis in any one city over 500,000.
Dino Rossi was a moderate. He lived in a very nice house in the glitzy area, but came from Washignton State stock - his parents raising him just 4 miles from where my house is in a coal town down the street. he never forgot that. His father was a teacher and his mom worked outside the home. His values and vision resonated with ALL of Washington State NOT JUST KING COUNTY and because of that, he won 38 of 39 counties by difinitive margins. Chris Gregoire now will hand the entire state a bill for $1million+ from this latest recount, instead of absorbing it herself, when 38 of 39 counties do NOT want her in there.
I voted from Rossi and am proud of it. The past month has seen a myriad of new job postings on Monster and Hotjobs...you could feel some excitement in the air - that maybe we would have a chance to truly get ahead instead of just barely survive as a state. I voted for Rossi because sometimes all change is not a bad thing; sometimes stale government needs to be aired out every now and then to become effective again and not rest on the laurels of a guaranteed paycheck for mediocre work; and regardless of which party was in power, I would have probably voted for the other one. Rossi made a lot of sense to a lot of people.....as in since when is "recovery" having about 40% of what you had before? And if you don't have a working farm and a decent job, all the social programs in the world (that Gregoire supported) don't really matter at the end of the day.
I feel much better now. OH, and the real reason Rossi is so mad (as is everyone else) is that they have no issue with the canvassing board ruling to count the 730 "disputed" ballots. The real issue is that the other 38 counties never had that chance and certified their count, therefore closing the books on the election in each county. King County remained uncertified and will still be uncertified until tomorrow. The other counties never really had a chance to go back and re-open their elections and now it's sooo expensive they neither have the manpower nor the money to do so.