Busted For Making Shit Up

“He also wants to spend $15 billion to expand highways and reduce traffic congestion, which he says would reduce emissions.”

That “he” would be Dino Rossi, and to back up this proposal his campaign cited a study about reductions in — oops! — carbon monoxide, not carbon dioxide. When the Seattle Times pressed them on this, they cited two more studies, one on — oops! — congestion pricing, which — oops! — Rossi doesn’t support, and a second that finds reducing congestion can cut emissions, but — oops! — only if steps are taken to keep traffic from increasing, which — oops! — it is 100% safe to assume, are steps that Rossi would never dream of taking.

But what’s much more disturbing than Rossi making shit up, is that he can make shit up about one of the most critical issues of our times, get called on it in a major newspaper, and still retain legitimacy in the minds of roughly half of the voting population of Washington State. It’s a curious thing. It’s as if the reptilian core has latched on to the singular truth that “he’s our man,” and so reality becomes irrelevant.

Not that I think there’s a single reader of this blog who’s voting for Rossi (Or is there? Any undecideds out there willing to admit it?), but still, the whole Seattle Times piece is worth a read for reinforcement. The contrast between the two candidates couldn’t be any more stark.

Gregoire spoke at Reality Check last April, and demonstrated that she gets the connections between land use patterns and sustainability. In September, she became the first governor ever to speak at Housing Washington, the State’s largest affordable housing conference, and expressed her commitment to addressing the challenges of providing affordable housing. Gregoire had this to say about the viaduct recently: “We’re working hard right now to craft the right mix of fixes to I-5, to city streets, and to transit to see if these improvements can meet the challenge. If we can make it work, we’re going to.”

Nuff said.

5 Responses to “Busted For Making Shit Up”

  1. Dan Staley

    But what’s even more disturbing than Rossi making shit up, is that he can make shit up with abandon, get called on it in a major newspaper, and still retain legitimacy in the minds of roughly half of the voting population of Washington State.

    Dan, Dan, Dan. Sigh. C’mon buddy.

    Rossi isn’t a dirty stinkin’ librulllllllllll faggity homo-loving green nazi socialist-loving tax-and spender hippy effete celebrity…hmmm…have I forgotten any simplistic marginalizing phrases?

    People vote for Rossi because he isn’t a librull. Facts and hypocrisy (150K in clothes and $7500 for hair and nails for a hockey mom is OK, $400 haircuts elicit howwwwwwls of rage and rending of garments) are irrelevant as long as the message is conveyed. One of our races here never misses the opportunity to characterize the other candidate as the “Boulder liberal”.

  2. AJ

    You also forget that Rossi could say he was strip-mining everything east of the Cascades the day he’s inaugurated and people would still vote for him to “stick it to Seattle”.

    Sorry, guys. Nope. He won’t do anything to us :(

  3. Brian

    And yet the Seattle Times has enthusiastically endorsed him.

    Gregoire’s done a good job. She’s not perfect and she certainly runs a pretty weak campaign, but let’s cross our fingers that she pulls off a second term or we’re all in trouble.

  4. Spencer

    I love the way Rossi is attempting to divide the state with campaign slogans: “Don’t let Seattle steal the state.” Now here’s a guy that sounds like he wants to building bridges, cross party lines, and work for everyone in our state.

  5. cjh

    It is also beyond silly – he lives in suburban King County, which is “Seattle” to just about everyone outside of the Seattle Metro area, and was actually born in Seattle. I could understand a Spokane or Olympia or Vancouver or even Tacoma-based candidate using that slogan, but the man from Sammamish, not so much.

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