Senator Murray nearly accosted at King County Dem caucus

Marvin Rosete reported on facebook about the King County Democrats’ caucus held at Hazen High School Sunday, May 1:

I am glad Senator Patty Murray left the building safely, until an idiot decided to attempt to bum rush the Senator’s group as she was leaving.

The man in question said he was attacked by Hillary volunteers.

I will say NO.

As one of the people who was in the altercation, I will say that this guy was out of line.

I will say, he was physically blocked by event volunteers as he tried to accost the Senator as she was exiting the building. To us as volunteers, his intentions were unknown as he rushed towards the Senator with no intent of respecting any physical boundaries.

It took myself and two other people to stop the man.

I’m 5’7″ and took minor injury restraining the guy who is close to 6′ and 200+ lbs from chasing down the Senator. The claims himself to be an Army veteran.

I had grab his phone and get it out of his hands to keep from being swatted by it.

If not for the other volunteers pulling the man away, he would’ve gotten to Patty and I would be a pancake on the floor, or worse.

The phone was still recording. And this guy had the nerve to post it.
We now have his name. I hope they find this guy and report him to US Secret Service and Washington State Patrol.

I’m fine with a small scratch and a pulled back muscle.
Thank you to my friend, Caesar Robinson Noel Renggli getting me patched up and making sure I was okay. Thanks to Sharon Mast for getting me the painkiller afterwards.

Although, this person was obviously in Bernie tee-shirt, he is NOT representative of the Bernie Campaign. Just because you have a first amendment right, it doesn’t give you the right to accost a person. For that matter, take a hint. The door is blocked for a reason.

This was a scary day.
It shows that this type of aggressive behavior towards incumbants will only get worse.

Richard Erwin, Chair of the King County Dems said

It was an odd event also because when I barged in behind him to grab him and said “What are you doing?” loudly to distract him, he yelled back “Somebody stole my vote!” Then he decided his phone had been stolen, Marvin gave it back, and the next thing you know, he’s loping away from all of us and out of the opposite end of the gym.

I’m afraid we will have to budget for security next time.

Chad Lupkes (a leader of the Washington State Bernie Sanders supporters) wrote, “I’ve talked to him online in a comment thread. He has apologized. But I will say that I’m very glad I was nowhere near what happened. Because I would not have been as nice as Marvin was”

Obama saved the economy — and the GOP

Obama gave a priceless gift to the GOP: immunity from prosecution for war crimes, torture,  disastrous wars, politically motivated prosecutions by the Justice Department, widespread corruption, and other criminality.

In 2008, it appeared that the GOP was destined for many years of repudiation. They’d proven themselves corrupt, incompetent, and imperialistic.

But Obama nursed the GOP back to life by refusing to prosecute criminality, thereby hiding the wrongdoing from the American people.   Obama tried to be bipartisan. He compromised early and often. The GOP almost never compromised and often voted unanimously against the Democrats’ bills.

Obama had a chance to reorient America to a new paradigm of Democratic progressivism. Instead, he hid Bush-era criminality from the populace; surrounded himself with Bush holdovers and Wall Street cronies;  prosecuted the whistle blowers; expanded the power of the military, and governed as a centrist.  Obama didn’t fight.  As a result, in 2010 and 2014 the GOP roared back to life.   Americans were confused about who was to blame for the mess we’re in.

Indeed, Obama is a Wall Street Dem and a great friend of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA.

In 2008 we needed an FDR or at least an LBJ.  Instead we got a centrist Dem who said of himself, “My policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies … back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican.”

No wonder people didn’t turn out to vote in 2014.

From 2009 onwards I tried to submit resolutions to local Democratic organizations critical of Obama’s sellouts.  As you can imagine, those resolutions didn’t go over very well. “Are you crazy? Are you trying to help the GOP?”

There are those who would say that impeachment of Bush, Cheney and others would have been too divisive and would have led to a backlash against Democrats similar to what happened in 1999 when Republicans impeached Bill Clinton. The analogy doesn’t hold. Clinton was impeached for (lying about) sex. Bush and Cheney could have been impeached for torture, deception about the grounds for invading Iraq, and other crimes. See Kucinich Introduces 35 Articles of Impeachment.

In 2007,   members of the Washington State legislature were working on bills calling for the impeachment of President Bush.  Senator Patty Murray ordered them to stop.  See D.C. Dems want to stop legislative impeachment talk.

During the confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas, there were women aside from Anita Hill who were willing to testify that Thomas had sexually harassed them.  Then Senator Joe Biden did not allow the women to testify. See The Injustice Of Clarence Thomas.

Well, the Democratic leadership got the shellacking they deserved.  They don’t fight the good fight.  Unfortunately, millions of grassroots Dems are truly progressive but repeatedly get sold out by the leadership.

It all makes me sick.

Mother Jones article calls Patty Murray a hawk

The January/February issue of Mother Jones has an article “Can’t Touch This:  The wars are winding down. It’s the age of sequester. So why won’t the Pentagon live within its means?”.   The article lists examples of the tremendous waste in the Pentagon budget and identifies Senator Patty Murray as one of the key liberal hawks (“Democrats who want more money for the military but aren’t keen on domestic cuts”).

A bad deal, a bad photo

Paul Ryan and Patty Murray are pictured. | AP Photo
Photo source: AP

Paul Ryan, Patty Murray a few billion apart.

“In a move sure to infuriate Democrats, the House-Senate negotiators have all but settled on slicing billions of dollars from federal employees retirement plans.”

Republicans will agree to cut benefits for government employees. They’ll agree to increase user fees, which are regressive.  But they won’t raise taxes on hedge fund managers or close tax loopholes.  Republicans are winning at shrinking government: the sequester.

Conservatives’ wet dream.

As Brendan Williams says, “we lose again.”

Looks like Murray is gonna agree to a terrible deal. Perhaps there’s no other option: the sequester is bad too — though at least it cuts military spending.

Terrible photo, BTW. It shows Ryan looking young, handsome, and confident.   Murray looks, well, not so good. (Normally I wouldn’t post an AP photo on this website, but one of the points of this article is to analyze the photo — fair use.  And I shrank it.)