DATE: 1/12/2005 11:02:00 AM
"Gov" Gregoire Takes Office - Washington's illegitimate governor, Christine Gregoire, will be sworn in today. Personally, I agree with the Wall Street Journal on this one - a revote isn't likely to happen. I think Gregoire will keep the seat she stole and go on to be an amazingly ineffective executive. Nearly 60 percent of voters polled simply don't think she won the race. The Democrats won this one in the short term, but have no idea what's likely waiting for them in 2006 and 2008 in Washington and other states.
It will likely be a long time before any Democrat wins a statewide office in Ohio, for instance. Look at Florida in 2002 and last year - Governor Bush won a huge re-election victory and his brother won by over 300,000 votes this election. Look for big Republican victories in Ohio and Washington in 2006. Dino Rossi may not get to be governor, but "Senator Rossi" has a nice ring to it as well.
I hope Gregoire enjoys the Washington governorship. It's likely to be the last public office she'll ever be "elected" to serve in.