Sunday, December 09, 2012

UPDATED: Horrors! The Columbian accidentally commits.... JOURNALISM!

I beat that waste of wood pulp to a pulp because much more often than not, they're an embarrassment to the "science" of "journalism."

But I like to give credit where it's due, and the efforts concerning the precinct breakouts of the recent election are outstanding, and not just because those maps serve to support my positions over the rag's.

There.  I said it.  Outstanding.

There were some things that weren't surprising: 
Eighty-nine of Clark County's 222 voter precincts selected both Obama and Herrera Beutler in the 2012 election. Those precincts form a diagonal divide across the county starting in Camas and Washougal and moving northwest, through the Fisher's Landing, Fircrest, Minnehaha, Hazel and Felida areas that are near or within Vancouver.
Given that they're the same politically, this was to be expected.

But this one was astounding:
Out of the 222 voter precinct areas in Clark County, just 37 precincts went to Boldt instead of his opponent, Republican David Madore, according to a Columbia analysis of precinct-by-precinct data from the Clark County Elections Department.
And:
Twenty-eight of those precincts are in the county's 49th Legislative District, typically a safe haven for Democratic politicians,
Not terribly surprising, given Marc's true politics.  But to win 37 out of 222 precincts is a true political massacre.

There's also a clue in the Mielke-Tanner map as to why we are not allowed to vote on the CRC/I-5 Bridge/Loot rail/toll scam:



The bluer the area, the more likely it's in the CTran scam district.  If the CRC WERE put to a vote county-wide, you're likely looking at both the outcome... and the distribution, of such a vote.

I have to update this and agree with Lew Water's remark:
The mavens at the Columbian also forget that it was they who falsely portrayed Boldt as a Republican, after years of John Laird and others vitriol against Republicans, portraying them as the most evil scourge to ever walk the face of the earth.

And they expected Democrats to rally behind Boldt after their efforts to brainwash Democrats on the evil of being a Republican?

All they did was seal Boldt's fate.
When you run a newspaper on arrogance and superiority, constant efforts to attack someone when those efforts are based on lies and exaggerations, much like the efforts of the Columbian, it actually just serves to strengthen the opposition's positions.

Besides himself, the Columbian was Marc Boldt's worst enemy.  They politically killed him with kindness.

It's remarkable how ineffective the rag is in swaying public opinion.  They've hurt support for the CRC scam by years of lies and attacks against those wise enough to question the rip off; they've failed in their obligation to the people of this county by covering up and denigrating those who provide information they don't happen to like because it opposes their agenda and now, they've helped end Marc Boldt's political career by aiding in its destruction with the worst defeat of an incumbent county commissioner in our history.

Clearly, the people here locally are not all that interested in electing "victims."   Portraying Boldt as a victim because of his abandonment of GOP principles instead of holding him accountable for his actions did nothing to strengthen his cause and, most likely, like Lew indicated, "sealed his fate."  Additional failures on the part of the rag included endorsements of Romney, gay marriage and pot... which they are ramming down our throats with their cloying coverage of those absurdities.  (As in, even though you, Clark County, were smart enough to vote against that garbage, we don't care: so take THAT.)

In fact, it's just a damned shame they put more effort into coverage the pot they can now smoke legally and gay marriage than they do telling the truth about the CRC rip off.

The Boldt-Madore map Also serves as a cautionary tale to those who would demand the GOP "compromise" on the issue of taxes and Obama's efforts to shove us off the cliff:  Caving to the left (which is their only definition of "compromise") avails the GOP nothing, as illustrated by the map:


The pea green are those precincts who voted for Boldt.  Every other precinct voted for Madore.

Thousands of obvious democrats refused to vote for either.

And that means that democrat hatred of Republicans runs so deep for a large percentage of dems that even if you out-democrat a democrat like Steve Stuart, they still hate you too much to vote for you.

So, there's no point in caving.  Just ask Marc Boldt: he'll tell you what happens when you do.

5 comments:

Lew Waters said...

The mavens at the Columbian also forget that it was they who falsely portrayed Boldt as a Republican, after years of John Laird and others vitriol against Republicans, portraying them as the most evil scourge to ever walk the face of the earth.

And they expected Democrats to rally behind Boldt after their efforts to brainwash Democrats on the evil of being a Republican?

All they did was seal Boldt's fate.

Anonymous said...

Nice post and thoughts, guys.... Now where is Martin to rebut? -- Jeremy

Martin Hash said...

Jeremy, I had no skin in the Boldt race except to confirm that CRC is a loser.

I don't expect uninformed Ds to vote for Rs anymore than I expect the other way around. The reason someone identifies with a political party is because they want it to vet the candidates. It takes a sophisticated politico to vote the other side of the ticket - as Kelly did with his support of Haugen.

Anonymous said...

When I have seen great, intelligent person running for office of ANY political stripe, I take notice Martin. I'm not one of your usual lackadaisical, apathetic voters that just votes the ticket, nor am I sophisticated as you mention of Kelly's interest in Jon T. Haugen who got a real bone from Jim Moeller over his lack of praise and parading around as though the CRC was God's gift to Clark County.

I happen to agree with you about the CRC being a still born loser being pushed forward by a few special interests, a few WA State senators and the now probably only the head of WashDot to get it ram rodded through the legislature and signed by the new governor of the state of Washington.

I also doubt the soon to be former state auditor or current or new state attorney general is going to do much to investigate the CRC. Even if a think tank writes a nice letter of concern based on Tiffany Couches backed up assumptions and home work.

The new auditor might take up the cause but that person would face a hell storm of problems from the political interests down here. Anyone knows if that auditor even takes a sniff of Columbia River water and air near that bridge. that politician or worker from the auditors office will be pulled to the carpet of the new governor and told to knock it off, or in front of an important legislator?

But I also see your point, Martin. I doubt I would expect anyone without any discerning taste OR even basic research, would cross the political line to vote for some one other than their own political party self interest. Though I would expect THERE ARE some exceptions. -- Jeremy

Anonymous said...

Ever want to see what a governor can do when he wants to yank a budget? If that state auditor ever goes NEAR the CRC Project, I suspect the new governor is going to have a few words for the incoming new state auditor. (Even though I have a high suspicion that might attract the wrong the type of attention from the feds or others?) -- Jeremy