Why are we surprised?
At a James Watkins for Congress campaign event in Kitsap County last night, the candidate made an announcement I hadn’t heard before. Approaching the close, he informed his supporters how divisive and ugly his opponents are shaping up to be. Complete with show and tell, James took a moment to describe the theft of campaign signs in the city of Shoreline but with a twist. This time his opponents left something behind – a large poster sign declaring, “Republicans are a Disease.”
I think my only real surprise in all of this was that I was surprised. This just isn't vandalism. This is organized hate complete with web site, followers, and republishing on other websites.
In an era where progressives, liberals, and Democrats appear quite willing to label Tea Party organizations as anything from Nazi’s to racists without evidence, when liberal “journolist’s” can conspire in secret to manipulate political messaging without being held accountable, when the Black Panther Party can openly intimidate at a voting station without prosecution by the AG nor rebuke by either the NAACP or Congressional Black Caucus, when the Obama administration can call the State of Arizona’s SB1070 racist before even reading the law (and fail to use that argument in court proceedings)… why would we be surprised that Jay Inslee supporters would stoop to such childish behavior. That there has been no formal response from Jay Inslee in spite of local mainstream media coverage even suggests Democrats condone the dirty tricks; so much for the hope of civil politics and fundamental change, unless of course you are referring to the steady increase of Chicago bullying and Blago-handed politics.
Rightfully so, James sternly chided his opponents for “kindergarten tactics” and used the prop to help emphasize his own philosophy of fair-mindedness against the weakness of his opponents ideas. This candidate wants to focus on the solutions, not the dirt, and is just another reason why he deserves broad support of conservatives, independents, and moderates.