DAVE ROSS

Ross: The myth of Seattle’s blue bubble and the reality of its electorate

Aug 22, 2022, 7:11 AM
Seattle City Hall (Flickr Creative Commons)...
Seattle City Hall (Flickr Creative Commons)
(Flickr Creative Commons)

We have this stereotype about Seattle voters as knee-jerk liberals, so I’d like to present a guest commentary from one of them.

His name is Mike, and he’s a regular listener and e-mailer – who once worked as an attorney for Blue Cross handling Medicare cases.

And now that he’s on Medicare himself – the sticker shock is too much:

“Given how long it’s taken to get Congress without one single Republican’s help — no thank you — to allow Medicare to bring down the price of insulin, what will it take for Congress to provide both hearing aid and vision correction coverage?” Mike asked.

But what was most interesting to me is how dealing with these medical expenses has affected his politics.

“While I continue to vote for tax increases for education, public safety, libraries, at least now I understand a bit better why elder seniors I knew when I was younger used to be more circumspect or wince about voting for tax increases and levies. It was because they felt it on a fixed income when they didn’t have the wealth or decent reserves to cushion the additional taxes. I thought then they were selfish. I still advocate that we all do our part for the greater good, but now realize for some of them, it was self-preservation,” Mike continued.

And while he’s not switching parties – far from it – he did find himself voting Republican in at least one local race:

“My own heart and values still lean toward liberal Democrats. I choose to live in the Seattle blue bubble. But in many instances, I do often vote pragmatic centrist,” Mike added.

“Now, in our last local election, I actually voted for Ann Davison, a very moderate Republican for city attorney, because I thought safety concerns weren’t being adequately addressed. I voted for centrists like Bruce Harrell and a more moderate business owner Sara Nelson for city council.”

“And while I idealized the idea of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders being a knockout combo, I got behind Biden early because I saw him as the only realistic alternative who had even a shot at taking down Trump. So yes, my age has caused my pendulum to shift a bit to the center.”

All the stuff I’ve read online about some fight to the death between the left and right comes from people addicted to their retweet count. I think the people who actually show up to vote are more like Mike – who basically want less drama, more security, and are looking for reasonable politicians who feel the same way.

Listen to Seattle’s Morning News weekday mornings from 5 – 9 a.m. on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dave Ross on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dave rossTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 5am for Dave Ross on Seattle's Morning News.

Dave's Commentary

Dave Ross

time...
Dave Ross

Ross: Physicist says time travel is impossible … but can’t make an absolute promise

I wanted to highlight part of last week’s interview with physicist Sean Carroll about time travel since it appears that none of the major mainstream media picked up on it. It was the part where I ambushed him and asked him point-blank if any kind of time travel is real: More from Dave Ross: It’s either […]
11 hours ago
office...
Dave Ross

Ross: It’s either middle managers or robots looking over your shoulder

If you draw a paycheck, one way or another, your office is going to make sure you deserve it.
3 days ago
(Getty Images)...
Dave Ross

Ross: How Trump’s culture war reached the National Archives

I noticed that, as part of the tussle between Donald Trump and the National Archives over those presidential documents, Trump’s lawyers argued that the National Archives is a “highly-politicized agency” that has put “content warnings on the US Constitution.”
5 days ago
patagonia loophole...
Dave Ross

Ross: Is Patagonia’s sale to a non-profit shameless exploitation of a tax loophole?

Recently the owner of Patagonia announced he would donate the company to a new non-profit organization to spend the profits on “social welfare.”
6 days ago
Former Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy answers questions after his legal...
Dave Ross

Ross: Months after his SCOTUS decision on prayer in schools, where is coach Joe Kennedy?

Joe Kennedy -- the football coach who last June won a Supreme Court decision upholding his right to pray on the field after games -- still has not returned to his assistant coaching job at Bremerton High School.
7 days ago
King County Courthouse (Credit Joe Mabel)...
Dave Ross

Ross: King County court brings self defense to new level in downtown-shooting judgment

Yesterday in King County Superior Court, a jury found Marquise Tolbert not guilty of murder. According to the Seattle Times, he was so relieved he burst into tears and embraced his defense lawyers.
10 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.
...

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!
...

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
Ross: The myth of Seattle’s blue bubble and the reality of its electorate