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Why Locke?


Why is Washington governor Gary Locke giving the Democratic response to Bush tonight? A couple of theories: 1) The Democrats have no national spokesman. 2) They really don’t want Nancy Pelosi to be their public face. 3) They don’t want anyone with an identified position on Iraq, since the issue divides them. 4) They don’t want anyone from Washington, D.C., since their party isn’t doing well there. 5) They want to highlight their racial inclusiveness by having a Chinese-American do the rebuttal. 6) They want to bore in on the deficit, and Locke is trying to position himself as a deficit hawk. Most of these possible explanations aren’t terribly flattering to the Democrats. Any others?


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