Dori Monson, The King of Seattle Talk Radio got a gnarly 'get' Wednesday and he didn't even have to try.
Governor Christine Gregoire whom the Little King (KIRO m-f,12-3p) sneeringly trashes daily, called into the big show unannounced.
She talked circles around him in her direct, precise, authoritative way.
It was great radio: they both did well; both furthered their own interests.
The governor did that by showing up, addressing Dori's broad-brush accusations comfortably; and took the opportunity to show she's not the evil witch as she's portrayed on the radio.
Dori was unflapped, he rose to the occasion. He had his anti-tax, anti-government, anti-Democrat, anti-Gregoire memes in hand; and presented them without popping his buttons. This was a star in his crown -- he is, after all, The King.
(We almost forgot: he's the guy who says that socialism causes littering).
The unexpectedness of her calling-in made for great radio.
Dori thinks the state should get revenues from Indian gambling, damn the consequences.
He parrots the insinuations generated by Gregoire's greasy opponent Dino Rossi saying there's an appearance of "bribery and money-laundering," and that "the tribes just own state government." There's obviously been a pay-off to the Gregoire campaign, through the State Democratic Party to let the Indians from having to share revenues from their casinos with the states, at least according to Dori and his ditto-heads.
But the Gov got down to the nut-cutting. The decision to not take a
cut, she said, was a unanimous bi-partisan legislative decision
recommended by the late Republican King Co. prosecutor a Norm Maleng, prosecutors and law enforcement across the state. And the decision was made years before she was in office.
(photo: Dori Monson -- battered lip syndrome)
To get a piece of the action, the state would have to allow unfettered, Las Vegas-style gambling which no one wants -- except, apparently, Dori. And maybe Dino.
"This is nothing more than a campaign to smear me personally," she said." Monson couldn't/wouldn't argue that it wasn't.
(This as Gregoire released her personal tax returns and the secretive Rossi refuses to release his -- as he also did in 2004.)
We wish more of the pols Dori Monson trashes every day would walk in on him. He
says stuff he hardly believes, and very often his hyperventilation is a
manufactroversy or pulled straight out of his broadening backside.
Once, County Executive and arch Dori enemy, Ron Sims walked right into
his show -- it was truly amazing how sniveling and civil the little guy
got when Ron looked him in the eye.
There was a lot more in the 15 minute conversation -- taxes, budgets, and transportation. Dori placed the blame, read the EFF talking points -- Christine supplied the facts and explained the real process.
Christine's made of titanium. She was the lead negotiator in the tobacco-company settlement that brought in $242 billion, the largest settlement in the history of the world. She's the one in 2004 who refused to concede for seven weeks when the voting machines had her opponent, Rossi up by 42 votes.
She's not about to be cowed by an overpaid, mouthy pipsqueak with a girl's name and a fiberglass upper lip.