I’ve been brooding about our own Murray and Cantwell crossing the aisle to join Republicans in blocking drug importation for days. Finally, the Seattle Times wrote an article on the topic, though their figures were 500+k pharma donations to Murray and roughly 75k to Cantwell–maybe it was over a longer span of time. The paper received 700 or so comments in a few days, not one of them supportive of either candidate or the position they took.
What troubles me is that neither candidate will feel endangered by voter anger. They know that the state dem party will never allow them to be primaried, and our top two ballot system guarantees that there will be no alternative candidate when the final vote is called for. All each needs is for a suitably undesirable republican to oppose them and lesser evilism will take care of the rest. Murray was just returned for another term and is completely insulated. Cantwell is up in 2018 so I have read.
I have asked the state party to censure both; hah. I know it’s futile.
My questio to Eskow would be–you’re well connected, knowledgeable. What can be done to keep the outrage going? Oh, not for the sake of outrage itself, but to increase pressure and foment (I know that sounds subversive) yet more outrage and–but what? And…what? A recall? A national petition?
Something must be done, and far as I can see, we voters don’t have the key or the leverage.