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'Captain Planet' Governor Runs for President

Brett Davis

Posted on March 4, 2019 03:55

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Washington state’s Jay Inslee – best known for his crusade against climate change – spewed a lotta hot air (ironic) during his recently declared run for the nation’s highest office. Inslee won’t win the presidency, but he will beclown himself in the attempt, much to the chagrin of Washingtonians like this writer.

In a not-so-highly-anticipated March 1 event, Jay Inslee – Washington state’s Al Gore wannabe of a governor – tossed his hat into the presidential ring, adding to an already crowded field of Democrats vying to take on President Trump in 2020. Best known for his tireless efforts to combat climate change and polling lower than a snake’s belly in presidential opinion surveys, Inslee should’ve waited until April 1 to announce his candidacy. Here are five reasons the governor of Washington state won’t be heading to the other Washington as leader of the free world.

1. Inslee is a one-trick pony. When you think Jay Inslee, you think climate change (or ask who he is). Unfortunately, that’s all you think. Because that’s all Inslee thinks about in making climate change the center of his campaign. Inslee is hoping to capitalize on the publicity generated by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” by arguing he was green before green was cool in co-authoring a dozen years ago the pretentiously-titled “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy.” Nevertheless, pesky issues like the economy and foreign policy will hog the spotlight.

2. Inslee has a poor record on environmental issues.  Inslee is all hat and no cattle when it comes to tangible results in fighting climate change, his campaign’s raison d’etre.  As governor, the only thing Inslee has accomplished on his signature issue is flapping his gums about the dangers of climate change. Read it and weep here.

3. Inslee is a lackluster governor. His overall record after some six years at the helm of the Evergreen State is unremarkable. Major accomplishments include flip-flopping – see here, here and here – on pledges not to raise taxes and standing idly by and watching the state’s largest psychiatric hospital lose $53 million in federal funding.

4. Inslee has the charisma of a turnip. His wooden performances establish he’s not presidential timber. Inslee is not quite as unlikable as Hillary Clinton or as robotic as the aforementioned Gore, but he’s not exactly Mr. Magnetism. Furthermore, Inslee’s speaking style – a combination of marbles in the mouth and a jock trying too hard to sound smart – has been known to induce sleep in insomniacs who don’t respond to strong medications. His wordsmithing on the stump is often a crime against the English language, causing those listening to cringe in embarrassment on his behalf.

5. Inslee is an old white man. Identity politics in today’s Democratic Party means Inslee, 68, is burdened by a lack of melanin in his skin and having XY chromosomes. None of that sits well with diversity-obsessed Democrats. These sins could be forgiven, but only if Inslee brings in big bucks as a fundraiser (see Bernie Sanders).

Brett Davis

Posted on March 4, 2019 03:55

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