Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Seattle Political Earthquake!

It had to happen some day. And now it has. Baghdad Jim McDermott (D-WA), the liberal's liberal in the most liberal district in liberal Washington State, has announced that he will not seek reelection to his 7th District seat in the House of Representatives.

I'm reminded of Harry Truman's words at the end of World War II. "I only wish that Franklin D. Roosevelt had lived to witness this day." Only in my case it's the satisfaction of living to the day that Jim McDermott finally retires as the 7th District's Congressman. Who knew? Even though I'm ten years younger than Jim, I could have keeled over tomorrow, never living to witness the day that Seattle got out from under the McDermott boot.

My point is this. McDermott is now 79, and will just 80 when his current term ends. Couldn't he have retired 10 years ago and given up his seat to some up-and-coming Democrat back then? I mean, McDermott got elected in 1988, so by 2006 he would have had nearly 20 years in his seat. Enough, you might think, to make a mark and then graciously withdraw to give some other progressive liberal a chance to make his or her mark. But no. Instead McDermott has hung on until he will be almost 80. Now, according to the Seattle Times, he is going to retire to to pursue interests including painting and sailing."

Sailing? At age 80? What are you thinking, Jim? Sailing ain't exactly beanbag. It's about wind and weather and battling the elements. Some might call it a young man's game. And what does Mrs. McDermott think of that? Actually, there isn't a Mrs. Not since 2012. So that's all right.

Since yesterday's announcement, of course, hope is thrilling in the heart of every good liberal politician in Seattle. Who will win the coveted liberal seat in the most liberal district in the nation? And maybe hold the liberal seat for another 30 liberal years? A number of liberal Seattle pols have expressed interest, but my favorite is our own Seattle socialist, the Brahmin from Pune, Kshama Sawant.

Sawant, elected to the Seattle City Council in 2013 after advocating for the $15 minimum wage, is just the progressive Seattle needs to keep the flame alive. There is no danger that she will be a mere go-along-to-get-along progressive Democrat like Baghdad Jim. She will pick up every liberal craziness from here on out, and run with it, flat out. This will put Seattle on the map, and force America to pay attention to the home of Amazon and Costco and Starbucks and ailing Microsoft (over in Redmond).

Of course, the $15 an hour minimum wage may end up destroying the economy as we know it in Seattle and make it even more of a city of liberals guzzling at the government trough than it is today. But that shouldn't be a problem for Sawant. She clearly has the shamelessness necessary to the character of every successful elected politician.

I say vote for Sawant and put Seattle on the map.

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