On Wednesday night, Washington Governor Jay Inslee dropped the hammer. This great patriot and crusader for the cause made the announcement that left thousands across the country in anguish: Jay Inslee is bowing out of the race for president of the United States.
Woe is me! Woe is our nation! Woe is this big, blue planet we call home! We have but twelve years to live before the earth is destroyed. What is the purpose of life! Vanity, vanity! All is vanity without Jay Inslee leading the charge to save the world.
But, seriously, my keyboard is torn stained, not because I’m an idiot who believes in a Green New Deal, but because Inslee has now turned his attention to winning his third consecutive term as governor of Washington State…my state.
In an appearance on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, Inslee told Maddow “I believe we’re going to have a candidate to fight this battle. I’m inspired by the people I’ve met across the country. I’m not going to carry the ball, but we’re going to make sure somebody is.” He announced on Thursday in an email to supporters and in a speech in front of the Planned Parenthood in Seattle that he will be running for a third term as governor. Stink.
But is that the end of Washingtonians dream that Inslee will pack up and head to D.C? Unfortunately, it looks that way. When asked by a reporter on Thursday if he would be interested in a future cabinet position, such as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) he said: “There was one position in Washington, D.C., that I thought I was interested in, and I will not be serving in that capacity. So I’m looking forward to serving as governor if people give me the option.” Stink again.
Inslee joins California Rep. Eric Swalwell and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper as the first three candidates to drop out of the presidential race. I guess his dreams of saving the world from the Oval Office are going to have to wait. But for now, Inslee embarks on a journey to become the first three-term governor in Washington since Republican Dan Evans who served from 1965-1977. A few Republicans have stepped out to challenge Inslee, but, alas, he is favored to continue his reign over Seattle and Washington State.
At least, when the rest of the world is going up in flames, Washingtonians will have a beacon of light in the state capital at Olympia to look to. I hope to save my great state. We will always have Jay Inslee.
(Update: Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton has also dropped out of the presidential race.)
-Antonio L. Jimenez