Connelly is unique in Seattle, in that he's an old line Democrat, with a sporadic independent streak. These occasional flashes of brilliance tend to tick off the political establishment. Rare in Seattle's tightly controlled media, it's amazing it's been tolerated without severe consequences. Nobody rips Rep. (Baghdad) Jim McDermott to shreds better than him.
I keep waiting for Robert Mugabe's thugs, Pyongyang, Beijing, or whatever dictatorship it is that keeps Seattle in line, to launch a crackdown against Connelly. Maybe he keeps them at bay by being just loyal enough to the powerful elite.
Connelly's column yesterday focused on Teresa Heinz Kerry's remarks to a local audience that the 2004 election was rigged. Yes, Teresa, it was, but only in Washington state!
Today, along comes Matt Drudge, with one of his infamous flashes, and suddenly Joel goes from obscure Northwest columnist to instant Internet big guy, courtesy of the evil right-wing media!
How did Drudge jump on this? Has he been reading OrbusMax? That's what I suspect, because that's where the column got prominent coverage yesterday.
In any case, along with Connelly, we now have Heinz-Kerry to fuel talk radio and television for the next couple of weeks. Thanks, Teresa!
(Joel Connelly- Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
COUNTING THE VOTES: Heinz Kerry is openly skeptical about results from November's election, particularly in sections of the country where optical scanners were used to record votes.
"Two brothers own 80 percent of the machines used in the United States," Heinz Kerry said. She identified both as "hard-right" Republicans. She argued that it is "very easy to hack into the mother machines."
"We in the United States are not a banana republic," added Heinz Kerry. She argued that Democrats should insist on "accountability and transparency" in how votes are tabulated.