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September 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday briefing: Damning tape meets damning tape; ads flying

Happy Friday:

You have a damning  tape, I have a damning  tape: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seized on comments the Democratic president made this week about his inability these last four years to change the tone of politics in Washington, D.C.   President Obama told a TV audience it is difficult to change things from the inside; such a move is more likely to take place from the outside. Romney responded quickly, saying he would be happy to help Obama change Washington  — from the outside. Romney called the statement an admission of the president’s inability to bring change, which, of course, was half of the Obama 2008 bumper sticker/slogan.

Here is the videotape of Obama:

The two videotapes are obviously quite different. The Romney tape released earlier in the week about 47 percent of Americans dependent on government consumed newscasts for days. But the rapid volley-and-return  reflects the heightened testiness of the campaign.

So many new ads: A new ad for the yes-on-gay-marriage campaign, that is, for approving Referendum 74, features a poignant plea for marriage equality from the would-be mother-in-law of ailing former Seattle City Councilmember Cheryl Chow. Would-be, that is, if the referendum is approved and Chow is allowed, under Washington law, to marry her partner, Sarah Morningstar. Chow, who was on the Council for many years, is now suffering from brain cancer. She was honored by her colleagues the other day at City Hall.

Here is the ad.

The ad raises questions about whether Chow’s partner would be able to visit her in the hospital under the state’s existing domestic partnership law. State Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, the chief sponsor of the state’s gay-marriage legislation, explained that the problem with domestic partnerships is they are not easily understood. “That is not how we define families, that’s not how people recognize a family.  It (domestic partnership) was always an imperfect instrument.”

The reject-Referendum 74 forces have been comparatively quiet, but the Seattle PI says they have reserved significant TV time for this fall.

Republican secretaries of state: If observers of state politics sometimes lament the notion that Democrats have been in power a long time, guess which statewide office has pretty much been owned by Republicans the last half century? Secretary of State.  Mike Flynn, the longtime editor of the Puget Sound Business Journal, notes in his blog, Flynn’s Harp, that Republicans have held that position for nearly 50 years, since 1964, when a young Seattle  City Councilman, Lud Kramer, took over the job. Republicans have held the job ever since.

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