Sunday, May 8, 2016

Trump's Visit to "The Other Washington"

(Image by Chip Bok)
I was on duty a few days ago and received a call from the Whatcom  County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) Director.  He informed me they planned to activate their Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in preparations for Trump's visit.

This was news to me.  I didn't know Trump was visiting us here in "The Other Washington."

During his rallies in Spokane and Lynden, the Boorish Billionaire bragged he'll carry the Evergreen State in November.

I certainly hope he does.  But whether or not he succeeds in doing so, it will probably be by the slimmest of margins.  According to all the Big Picture Electoral Maps, the Evergreen State (which isn't so green during Wildfire Seasons, but I digress...) is indeed considered a Blue State.

How-ev-er:  If you conduct a political "spectrum analysis" you'll find the rural areas to be a Field of Red, bordered by Blue Veins of most, but not all, the urban areas.  Cities that host military installations like Tacoma (Pierce County), and Bremerton (Kitsap County) tend to be inhabited by conservatives.

And even with this political mosaic in mind, Seattle (King County) has been the epicenter for state and national elections.  At least since I've lived here.

A few years ago, a former coworker made this comment on Washington's gubernatorial elections: 

If you want to be Governor of Washington State, climb to the top of the Space Needle, look around,  and you'll see all the votes you'll need to win.

Maybe Trump should have visited the Space Needle during this trip.

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