Tuesday, July 17, 2012

McKenna: "No Fan Of Reagan Or Mix Of Right Wing Politics And Religion"

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A few weeks ago, the Seattle Times endorsed Rob McKenna for Governor of Washington State. Rarely do they endorse a Republican. Nor a social conservative.


In fact, the Times editorial board declined an endorsement of John Kosters for a congressional seat last election, saying he was highly qualified, but they couldn't endorse him because of his conservative social views, i.e., pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, etc.

So why McKenna? Apparently, in their mind, he doesn't stand where Kosters and most Christians and conservatives stand on those issues.


Recently McKenna told the Seattle Times, following the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, that he does not support repeal of Obamacare. I wrote a blog about it. McKenna disputed that he had actually said that and told people in Yakima the "Seattle media" was misrepresenting his position.

A recording of the press conference affirmed that he had indeed said he did not support repeal of Obamacare.

Apparently, the Times editorial board has dispatched their "news" division to puff their candidate. The article this past weekend by political news reporter Jim Brunner is extraordinary. The kind money can't buy.

It is a chronology of McKenna's rise to political power.

This article was intended to be very supportive of their candidate, but 2 things concern me.

The Times writes of his rise to power, "Although his college years came amid Ronald Reagan's presidency, McKenna wasn't a fan. He voted for Democrat Walter Mondale in 1984."

Walter Mondale? Maybe a Kennedy type, but Walter Mondale?

Even so-called "moderate Republicans" and "moderate Democrats" voted for Reagan.

Good grief.

The Times assures the public he has voted for every Republican president since.

Evolving beliefs? Who actually knows?

McKenna also confessed that he had a real problem with Reagan's "mix of religion and right wing politics."

Perhaps to some it's merely a "political mix," but to others it's a deeply held belief. A conviction, not a strategy. Reagan was one of those people.

And about the mix of right wing politics and religion. I have received at least two emails recently promoting two different special appearances by Mr. Mckenna at Cedar Park Assembly of God church.

Perhaps another evolving belief? Does that somehow not qualify as a "mix of right wing politics and religion?" If so what disqualifies it?

The Times reports that some of his long time friends say he always approaches problems "as a policy wonk---not an ideologue."

Cambridge Dictionary defines ideologue: "A person who believes very strongly in particular principles and tries to follow them carefully."

Reagan believed very strongly in certain principles and tried to follow them carefully. And America prospered.

McKenna is, according to those who have known him the longest, a "Wonk". Or one who majors in details. Walter Mondale comes to mind.

Seriously, some Christians and conservatives support Mr. McKenna's candidacy. Some in Christian leadership support it. I have been told by a very reliable source that some in Christian leadership are working to get a job on a Governor McKenna's administration, others simply want a seat at his table.

I suspect I will be offered neither.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Bold. Be Active. Be Blessed. 

11 comments:

  1. Well said Gary. Thank you. I hope people take heed.

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  2. I keep hearing that McKenna is better than Insley. I'm beginning to wonder how is he better? Do we know what he believes. The fact that the Seattle Times supports him is a problem in my mind.

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  3. Please everyone vote for Hadian at least in the primary.

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  4. I share your concerns. I suspect that many who might vote for Mr. McKenna also share your concerns, but are using the same logic as in the Presidential race. Electability. Lilliwaup, WA

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  5. 10-39 I've been thinking the same thing. There is an alternative to McKenna and Insley in this race, Schram Hadian, but there isn't an alternative to Obama or Romney is there? I think we should vote for Hadian in the primary and see what happens.

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  6. You have an alternative to McKenna! Vote your principles, and vote Hadian for Governor! www.Hadian2012.com. Hadian is pro-life, pro-marriage, a Christian pastor, and has the endorsement of the Human Life Pac of WA. He is also the only governor candidate to receive a 5 strar (highest) rating from "We believe-we vote" and also the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights in the governor's race. Check out his website- and Vote for Shahram Hadian for Governor! www.Hadian2012.com

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  7. McKenna presents a "REAL DILEMMA" for hungry Republicans. The "REAL TRUTH" is what ought to be considered. As the CHIEF LAW ENFORCER OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON he allows his office spokesman to say unequivocally "there is no voting fraud in the State of Washington". He personally spent State Tax Money to harass a local Family Pharmaceutical Business because they refused to sell "the morning after pill". That doesn't sound VERY REPUBLICAN to me. "WOLF!" "WOLF!"

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  8. Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "McKenna: "No Fan Of Reagan Or Mix Of Right Wing P...":

    You have an alternative to McKenna! Vote your principles, and vote Hadian for Governor! Hadian is pro-life, pro-marriage, a Christian pastor, and has the endorsement of the Human Life Pac of WA. He is also the only governor candidate to receive a 5 strar (highest) rating from "We believe-we vote" and also the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights in the governor's race. Check out his website- and Vote for Shahram Hadian for Governor!

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  9. I voted Reagan for Governor of California .

    He opened my to the GOP's game and
    I never voted Republican again.
    The GOP lacks the compassion of Christ
    to make it brief and short.

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    1. Ralph, they don't see it that way. They've redefined Christ as gun loving, free market, bigoted, government hating war monger beholden to the rich job creators. And they do have all the compassion of THAT Christ.

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  10. Rob McKenna lost favor with me when he actively supported the publication of the names of petition signers who requested that the domestic partnership legislation be put to a vote of the people.

    Then he had the unmitigated gall to declare himself to be a staunch defender against identity theft. What a joke.

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