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November 09, 2005

Election Wrap-up and the Emergence of the Progressive Noise Machine

Good wrap-up of the implications of our election here by Brian over at Washblog.  He does a good run around the field and ends here:

The repubs will have to go back to the drawing board, as the I-912 backfire has now set up the Democrats in Olympia with some of that political 'capital' we hear about. The 2006 legislative session could be a great one.

I was on the Portland progressive station, KPOJ 620, this morning talking with Thom Hartmann, who does a local show there before the national one later in the morning on Air America.  They wanted someone to do an analysis of what happened in Washington State so I did the honors.

We talked about the emergence of the progressive blogs, the lessened impact of right-wing radio and the arrival of progressive radio as contributing factors in our wins up here and around the nation. Collectively we made sure that people had the facts and in doing so, we had an impact the defeats of Dave Irons, Jeff Sax and Initiative 912. 

I think we can start calling it the emergence of the Progressive Noise Machine.

Posted by Lynn Allen on November 9, 2005 at 10:34 AM in Candidate Races | Permalink


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Holy moly...that was a great night, both nationally and locally. I'm a bit peeved that Eyman got an initiative passed (I was hoping that one more defeat might actually get him to go away), but other than that, it was a great night all around.

And you're right, you local progressive bloggers had a huge part to play, from NW Progressive's No-On-912 campaign, to Goldy's reporting on Irons' history and your own reporting on Sax's dirty tricks in Snohomish, it all adds up to more clout from the grassroots.


Posted by: Ben | Nov 9, 2005 10:50:47 AM

Way to go, Lynn!

Tim Eyman is a worthless toad, and his "performance audits" initiative is largely redundant, but I had been told beforehand that only one of {I-900, I-912, I-330} would pass, I have to say that I'll take this sort of Eyman "victory" all day and twice on Sunday.

Posted by: N in Seattle | Nov 9, 2005 12:09:33 PM

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