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Tag: Jim McDermott

Nov.
30th

Here’s what you get to do if you have a safe seat

Taking the most expensive corporate-financed junket anyone can remember isn’t corrupt behavior, exactly, but it’s not the kind of thing you do if you feel accountable to the public.

McDermott, a very liberal Democrat from the very liberal 7th Congressional District, won re-election Nov. 6 with 80 percent of the vote. Competition is essential in politics. McDermott at least needed a very liberal challenger.

Jan.
13th

America must chill the rhetoric of political rage

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

For vociferous conservatives who think that the calls for more civility since the Tucson shootings are all about shutting them up, here are a few examples of what’s going around on the Web lately:

“Sarah Palin is the single most dangerous threat to the future of the human race. Thick venomous cretin she is. Someone bloody shoot her.”

“My hate for Sarah Palin continues to grow. I think this woman should be assassinated.”

“Sarah Palin should be shot for her encouragement of fanaticism against Democrats.”

“Ugh! All the wrong people get shot. Why doesn’t this kind of thing happen at a Sarah Palin event?”

Those lovely tweets were captured in a YouTube post this week that has since been shut down. Their tone echoes the worst rantings of the angry right, including recent threats of violence against Washington’s U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.
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Sep.
16th

McDermott on Wilson: Let it be

Every now and then, an elected official does something surprising. Take Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, for example.

Rightly considered one of the House’s most liberal members, McDermott was one of only 12 Dems who voted against rebuking Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., for yelling “You lie!” at President Barack Obama.

According to the Associated Press, McDermott said the vote “does not further the process of civility in the House.” He noted that Wilson apologized to the president and the president accepted it.

It could be that McDermott is in a magnanimous mood because he’s all too familiar with what it’s

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