Here it is, another Apple Blossom Friday, and on a gorgeous spring day it is difficult to take anything seriously. As such, it has been semi-habitual and almost traditional for this space to dedicate itself, this one day a year, to frivolous apple-themed literature.
What lies behind Donald Trump’s nomination victory? Received wisdom among conservatives is that he, the outsider, sensed, marshaled and came to represent a massive revolt of the Republican rank and file against the “establishment.”
Everything Skookum, an exhibit featuring the iconic images associated with Skookum Packers Association’s global apple marketing campaign, examines Skookum from its roots in Chinook Jargon to its evolution as a loved yet controversial part of the North Central Washington landscape.
Every time Bob McDonnell talks about his corruption conviction in Virginia he mentions how Jesus Christ is sticking with him all the way, which surely is true. Jesus does not dump a guy just because he is sleazy.
There is a tinge of irony, when the annual Seattle anarchist anti-capitalist march and window-smashing festival forms ranks at a shopping mall. There, in the convenient square at Fourth and Westlake, sandwiched between Macy’s and the flagship Nordstrom, gathered the elite corps of angry smashers in their ninja black hoodies and masks, ready to bravely hurl vulgarities at the lackeys of the ruling order.
Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party’s history. These collaborationists will render themselves ineligible to participate in the party’s reconstruction.
At the close of this week, county auditors will mail ballots for Washington’s surprisingly pertinent May 24 presidential primary. It is surprising because it counts, by half anyway. And, some of Washington’s voters will be expressing their opinion on a presidential nomination not yet decided. That is decidedly different.
The new romantic comedy that hit theaters this past week — "Mother's Day" — has an interesting Wenatchee connection. Wenatchee native Fred Grimm, a high school classmate of mine, who went on to a success real estate development career with Triad Development in Puget Sound, is one of the executive producers of the movie, which features Jennifer Aniston, Julia Robert, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.
The goal of Washington’s elections community is civic engagement of our electorate. We work to make voting and participating in the political process accessible, accurate and secure. It has been sad to hear the stories of so many caucus participants who say “never again” after recently enduring caucuses that lasted until after midnight in some cases.
Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven’t had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is said), the United States is the most fortunate of all Great Powers, bordered on two sides by weak neighbors and on the other two by fish.