27 September, 2008

Are Too a Republicon, Dino!

This is not only desperately amusing, it's an excellent political move:

The state Democratic Party filed suit Tuesday in an attempt to force Dino Rossi to list his party preference as "Republican" on the November ballot instead of "GOP Party."

Democrats say the Iraq War and low approval ratings for President Bush have left the Republican Party a damaged brand and that Rossi is trying to distance himself by using GOP as his affiliation.

Rossi is running against Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire. He lost to Gregoire by 133 votes in the 2004 election, and polls show this race to be close as well.

Polls by Stuart Elway have suggested many people don't know that GOP and Republican mean the same thing. One recent Elway poll indicated Rossi did better among voters if he used the "GOP" label instead of "Republican."

Now, Washington state's a little strange - our top-two primary allows candidates to call themselves whatever they like - so the Dems probably won't win this one. But it's a smart move nevertheless. A stunt like this means that voters will get the "GOP" is "Republican" message loud and clear. Basically, it's advertising. And it lets people know that Dino Rossi's trying to play them for fools.

I think that's why the Dems didn't bring this suit during the primaries. They want the word out close to the election. It doesn't really even matter if the ballots get printed with "prefers GOP party" - that would have been nice, but they weren't likely to get their way, and timing it like this means the association will be fresh in the voters' minds.

Clever. I likes it.

1 comment:

Cujo359 said...

I think Rossi's use of that "GOP Party" label is a great example of what a snake oil salesman he is. We've elected Republican governors, and if the "GOP Party" ever puts up another good candidate, I'll probably vote for him (or her). Sadly, they keep finding more guys like Rossi.

Anyone who came within a few hundred votes of winning a race and yet wants to run and hide from his own party the next time can't be trusted to stand for anything but himself. We have plenty of folks like that in Olympia already.