Washington is clearly a pretty blue state. It's known for its hackey-sack flacking douches, and its Pacific Northwest liberal attitude (which I'm coming to love).
It's undeniable that it's a liberal haven, and I moved right into the heart of it.
Though, my first sunlight day here, I went to the Issaquah Target for supplies, and I saw a guy wearing a Club Gitmo t-shirt. It was comforting. I even complemented him on it and he was very cordial. I knew I could never get far from my people. I even quickly found 3 AM stations playing nothing but conservative talk.
Fast forward a couple of years, and we're in the latest gubernatorial race between incumbent Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi. It's one of the more brutal races in the nation right now. You know how I know? Because I watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy every night, and I have to see both groups' campaign's ads.
Here's a little sample of fucked up:
Dude... seriously... dude...
A couple of days ago, I decided to respond to this YouTube entry, and I was greated with this. They never approved my comment.
This isn't the best response, but it at least underscores the dishonesty of one side...
President Bush only banned federal money supporting the destruction of embryos, but never made any prohibitions against private research. There have been incredible advances in the use of adult stem-cells in the areas of disease research in the last year or so. There's enough science here that embryonic should be pretty much off the table. It's a very early field, but there's enough promise to stop demonifying somebody for holding out for a non-destructive method.