If Friday's pace keeps up, it looks like there'll be enough signatures to get Referendum 71, the anti-domestic partnership rights measure, on the ballot. Where did they get all those signatures? Not surprisingly, from "areas [where] you can't see the Space Needle," organizer Larry Stickney tells the PostGlobe, in a long article on the sources of the group's support. Seattle "is way out of the mainstream of Washington politics." That mainstream can instead be found in places like Colville, where the group collected 4,000 signatures. (Conversely, Colville is also the home of end-the-drug-war activists, the November Coalition.)
Stickney says that most of R-71's support comes from "Bible-believing congregations" of fewer than 400. The bigger congregations, he suggests, have sold out. "With affluence you can lose principle." He accuses the right of shelving social issues "in the interest of issues dear to the Chamber of Commerce."
With the running theme of disaffected social conservatives struggling with an establishment that ignores their agenda, the article reads like a passage from What's the Matter with Kansas? or an internal document from the late days of the McCain/Palin campaign. Given that most of Kansas' big state offices are now held by Democrats and Palin is currently employed as the source material for William Shatner, it may not suggest the most fruitful long-term arrangement. Here's hoping it's not too fruitful in the short term either.