Last week our governor nicely encapsulated Olympia’s patronizing attitude toward the city’s preferred alternative for replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct. To Mayor Greg Nickels and

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Lord, Don't Ask Her for No Mercedes Benz

Gov. Gregoire’s answer for every request.

Last week our governor nicely encapsulated Olympia’s patronizing attitude toward the city’s preferred alternative for replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct. To Mayor Greg Nickels and the pro-tunnel crowd, Christine Gregoire sneered, “We need to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayer. I’d also prefer a Mercedes, but I can’t afford that, either.” Her reasoning—or rather, her strategy for making others sound unreasonable—sounds familiar. A brief review of other past gubernatorial statements shows why.

When her kids needed braces: “I’m sure you’d prefer straight teeth, but it’s nothing we can’t fix ourselves with baling wire and pliers.”

When a homeless man asked her for food money. “What, so you can go blow this dime on filet mignon?”

When her neighbors were flooded out of their home and knocked on the door for shelter. “What does this look like—the Taj Mahal? There’s a Motel 6 a few miles up the road.”

When asked about state education cuts: “Everyone wants to go to Harvard, but the voc-tech will prepare you just as well to flip burgers.”

When a pregnant hitchhiker asked her for a ride to the hospital to deliver her baby: “Do you think the taxpayers owe you a Lear Jet or something? Take the bus.”

When a viaduct-rebuild opponent mentioned views of the Olympics and Elliott Bay being lost. “Oh, and I suppose you’d like us to buy you the Mona Lisa for your condo, too.”

When her husband needed an organ transplant: “New kidneys don’t just grow on trees. We can hook up the garden hose to the dialysis machine if you can’t reach the TV.”

When her small daughter asked whey the tooth fairy never came: “Oh, and I suppose you think $100 bills just magically appear beneath your pillow at night? And stop whining about Santa Claus.”

When the family dog was hit and injured by a car. “He’s just as happy with three legs.”

 
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