What does it say about Dino Rossi's campaign for U.S. Senate that he launched it today in cyberspace, one visitor at a time? No rousing audience and stirring music in a crowded ballroom of well-wishers. Just Dino on the monitor, the cyberian candidate in a blue button-down shirt, saying it's time to put government back in its cage. Click to make him move and speak. Send money. He'll confirm by e-mail.
Maybe this is the meaning of electrifying politics today, web stumping. No need for a lot of reporters asking questions to spoil the party. Keep it cold and impersonal. Not even the name Patty Murray passed his lips. He pronounced his opponent's presence in a more Democratic way: skyrocketing unemployment, plummeting house values, wasteful stimulus spending, Wall Street bailouts, and health-care reform.
Looking at this legislative train-wreck, "I knew I had to do something about it," he said.
But what? He couldn't exactly put his finger on it, despite the prepared text. He knows he wants to restore The American Dream, the one that drew his Italian grandfather to work in the coal mines of Black Diamond. And for sure he will see that health care is re-reformed "by something" that will reduce costs and increase patient access.
He'll also shun special interests and make sure government is on your side. The list of needed fixes ran for most of five minutes. In a nutshell, he is for good, against bad, and doesn't want to be one of those politicians who are out of touch with America. If you want more, please join him on Facebook and Twitter. He'll confirm by e-mail.