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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

September 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: Which is worse, Democrats gloating early or Romney verbal face-plants?

Good morning, all:

Burning question: The No.1 political story this week – easy to venture out on that limb – is that pesky video that captures Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dissing roughly half the American population, saying that 47 percent of Americans are victims who mooch off the government and don’t like his lower-tax message, so he can’t worry about them. And so on and so forth.

One can point to several measures of how devastating the video feels to Romney. First, Romney came out Monday night to quell the storm, to explain and admit his words were “inelegant.”  Then, Tuesday, he came out to say more about the great American divide in philosophy about the proper size and role of government.  Question of the day: Which is worse, Democrats celebrating before the finish line or verbal stumbles from Romney?

Here’s the offending video, in case you missed it.

One of most interesting Romney missteps came many months ago when he was offered a cookie from a bakery near the town where I was born and raised, Pittsburgh. Things did not go well.

Money flows: Washington’s governor’s race is one of the closest in the country. And the money is flowing this way because of it. Think RGA, DGA and WEA.   Acronyms abound. The News Tribune has the latest. 

And the ads that money buys are coming at you: The Stranger is trying to turn a new ad by the Republican Governors Association on behalf of Republican Rob McKenna into  a Clint Eastwood-talks-to-a-chair kind of thing. But other viewers will say these gentlemen really don’t like Democrat Jay Inslee and the repetition about Inslee’s policies is tough stuff. Take a look for yourself.

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