(Of the others, only the AGs from Pennsylvania and Florida represent states carried by the Democrats in 2008. And neither can boast Washington's nearly 17-percent margin for Obama.)
Like his 10 fellow litigants, McKenna believes the mandate that requires everyone to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. A stance he's hinted at since December.
But that argument doesn't hold much water. And it's certainly not persuading Governor Chris Gregoire, the woman whose seat he's expected to run for in 2012, who's planning on filing a brief in opposition to McKenna. Which puts him in the somewhat unprecedented spot of arguing against the state's top elected official.
So why, again, is McKenna *ahem* going rogue? A best guess after the jump.
If the question is whether or not McKenna joined the lawsuit as a matter of principle, or as a means to an end (in this case, possibly shoring up a base on which to build a political campaign), it's hard to argue the former when the Tweet announcing the decision is buttressed by a shout-out to Washington conservatives.
(Oh, and as to the charge that McKenna probably doesn't Tweet himself, but delegates that responsibility to some aide: you're probably right. But c'mon. The guy might have just committed political suicide. A best guess is all I can offer.)