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October 30, 2006

The NY Times and Darcy

The paper of record had two articles discussing the upcoming election that specifically highlighted Darcy Burner and the 8th CD this weekend. 

The first, entitled "Winning Women?", written by Alexandra Starr, focused on the lower barriers for women running in the West.  The first paragraph used Darcy as an example:

Darcy Burner has never held public office — the former Microsoft project manager is just 35 — but nonetheless she appears to have a good shot at becoming the first Democratic representative from Washington’s Eighth District. The timing of her bid is propitious: in this scandal-saturated election year, her lack of political experience may be a boon. And the fact that Burner is an adept fund-raiser has fueled her quick rise. There’s another, slightly more intangible factor at play, too: Evergreen-state residents are accustomed to female leadership. “You don’t have the hurdle of convincing voters that women can do the job when the models include people without a Y chromosome,” Burner told me recently. And in fact, Washington is the only state in the nation where both senators and the governor are women.

The second, written by Jodi Kantor, is entitled "Liberal Republican Suburb Turns Furious with GOP" and details how mild-mannered, socially liberal moderates in Bellevue are reacting to the Bush Administration and specifically to their totally illogical stance on stem-cell research.  An exerpt:

In Bellevue, the professional is political. Rather than religion or culture, what unites the diverse population — a quarter of residents are foreign born — are the values of their workplaces: technological innovation, accuracy, efficiency.

And this year, one issue incenses them above all others: restrictions on embryonic stem cell research.

It is a matter of concern across the country, even across parties. But for many engineers and their ilk, restriction of stem cell research is what gay marriage is to conservative Christians, a phenomenon so counter to their basic values that they cannot vote for any candidate who supports it. After all, for Bellevue’s professionals, science is not only a means of creating wealth but also an idealistic pursuit, the most promising way they know of improving the human condition.

“For hundreds of years, science has had its own jurisprudence over the truth. It’s called peer review, and it works pretty well,” said Mr. Mattison, whose father had Alzheimer’s and his uncle Parkinson’s disease. “I’m outraged that a mere politician would interpret science for me.”

Wow!  And is this ever refreshing:

The politics of Microsoft employees is a subdrama unto itself. In the 2000 presidential election, many voted for President Bush, who was expected to curtail the Clinton administration’s antitrust case against the company. But now “the vibe is pretty Democratic,” Ms. Peterson said, and many employees who cursed the Democrats just a few years ago now plan on voting for the party.

Microsoft looms so large here, it influences the views even of those it does not employ. Several members of the First Congregational Church of Bellevue, speaking over home-pressed apple cider, said they were mortified by America’s role abroad in a way they had not been since the Vietnam War.

It's quite an interesting article.  While I'm even more hopeful, I still plan on getting out to doorbell two more times for Darcy this weekend.  They would love more volunteers

Posted by Lynn Allen on October 30, 2006 at 11:17 AM in Candidate Races, Media | Permalink

Comments

Around the time Bush signed the legislation restricting stem cell research, the rumors were flying fast and thick that his opposition was strongly influenced by the major pharmaceutical companies. Now that they are in a position to reap huge profits from Bush's health care plan, these corporations want to assure long-term income by essentially opposing research that could lead to CURES for many chronic diseases, thus eliminating the need for lifelong drug regimens.

It would not be the first time this administration disguised greed and personal gain with its altruistic-sounding "culture of life" excuse.

Posted by: susan olsen | Oct 30, 2006 8:16:26 PM

The NYT article on Darcy is excellent. This race became a "national" race about a month ago, and kos has a post up from earlier this afternoon citing a new Majority Watch poll that shows Darcy leading Reichert 49%-47%.

Of course, that's no reason for us to get at all comfortable and ease up on our GOTV work!

Posted by: shoephone | Oct 30, 2006 9:12:36 PM

Hi All,
Darcy's campaign has the commitment that I experieced working for Bill Bradley in 2000, Dennis Kucinich in 2004 and during any Mike Lowry campaign. It has the common love of a Sims campaign. You can find the thrill of working right on the edge and winning in overtime as I experienced with Christine in 2004 and Maria in 2000. It has the warmth of a Norm Rice campaign. Darcy is offering this experience for the low, low price of a few volunteer hours of your time. Call Mina at 425-454-0622. I believe it will be one of those highlites you will remember the rest of your life, and, as I will, tell your grandchildren about. You better hurry 'cause it's going fast.
Only 7 days 2 Victory!
Jack

Posted by: Jack smith | Nov 1, 2006 2:24:17 AM

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