Are Grays Harbor Political Tides Shifting Red?


I won’t say, “I told you so.” (But I did tell you so.)

Once upon a time, all you had to do to run for local office in Grays Harbor and win was hang a “D” next to your name. You were a shoo-in. But that’s changing.

 King 5 News ran a story on Grays Harbors’ shifting political landscape during last night’s 9:00 p.m. newscast, Longtime Democratic Grays Harbor County Gives Trump a Boost.

The gist of the story? Democrats in this county are running scared. Harborites are finally noticing that the party that hasn’t had a new idea since Woodrow Wilson really hasn’t had a new idea since Woodrow Wilson. And they’re weighing in at the ballot box. In fact, this formerly rock-solid blue county is undergoing a political sea change, as evidenced by the August primary results and other factors.

The King 5 story features John Larson, executive director of the Polson Museum in Hoquiam, Ralph Larson, owner of Duffy’s, and his grandson Erik Larson, mayor of Aberdeen, as well as some union members and other locals. The story includes a brief historical outline, how the local economy went south with the spotted owl, and has yet to fully recover. Ditto the chinks in union strangleholds of local politics. Apparently that “hype and chains” stuff has stuck in some craws. Finally.

Via King 5:

During the August Primary, Governor Inslee won Grays Harbor County by only four votes. Republican challenger Bill Bryant briefly managed to turn the county red, before Inslee regained a narrow lead in the late returns.

During the presidential primary in May, the county was around 4 percentage points less Democratic, than the state average, according to analysis by Ben Anderstone of Crosscut.

Compare that to 2008, when the county was nearly 8 points more Democratic than the state average, indicating a double digit swing toward the GOP.

Trump might be the candidate most emblematic of the drift in the Republican electorate in recent years, toward a more populist and trade-skeptical approach, and Grays Harbor is the sort of place where that drift is likely to serve the GOP well,” said Anderstone.

No matter which Party wins races in Grays Harbor this November, the voters there agree on this: they want a seat at the table.

“We’ve been beat down pretty good. We’re looking for a change to go up,” said Ralph Larson.

Newsflash: It’s a little hard – like, impossible – to “go up” with a party whose politics and policies focus on going down. Sinking to the lowest common denominator. Playing the blame game. The victim card. Fanning the wealth envy flame. In endless recycling of the one-size-fits-none, government-centric, let’s-all-hold-hands-around-the-campfire-and-sing-kum-by-yah while we spend more taxpayer dough approach to every problem. By the way, just what exactly is a “fair share,” anyway? And how much of what I earn are you “fairly” entitled to? (No, the Democratic Party is NOT the Party of the Little Guy. See D’Souza Unchained or Hillary’s America: the Secret History of the Democratic Party.)

Harborites are starting to wake up and take notice. No wonder Grays Harbor Democrats are running scared. Yes, friends. Dems are Losing Their Lock on Grays Harbor. Altogether now: It’s about time.

Ballots are due November 8.

One more thing. How ’bout them Cubbies?! Yesss!