Pandering and politics go together like Seattle and rain.  However, sometimes even the most cynical politico can only gaze in wonder and awe as the pandering touches a level of absurdity that few could predict this political season.  In Thurston County, home of Washington State’s capital City of Olympia, Democrat Olympia City Councilman Jim Cooper is campaigning for a seat on the Thurston County Commission.  It appears that his effort to appeal to rural (and one assumes, more culturally conservative) voters, this well known Democrat politician has chosen to cover himself with “Tea Party” symbols like the Gadsden flag when he goes to small town parades.    

Jim Cooper at a parade in the City of Rainier showing his Tea Party credentials to the rural folk
Jim Cooper at a recent parade in the City of Rainier flying his Tea Party credentials to the rural folk

Political pandering is never a pretty sight, and the process is not confined to politicians from any one political party.  When Hillary Clinton changes her accent depending on her audience – it is an action of deserved ridicule.  Jim Cooper is well known in the City of Olympia, and he grew up around politics. Most political observers expect at least some nuance from experienced politicians like him.  The rural voters of Thurston County are only starting to understand the “Progressive” plans he has for them if he gets into office.  No honest person could believe that Mr. Cooper would last for 30 seconds flying the Gadsden flag at an Olympia City Council meeting, or at the Democrat Party headquarters for that matter.  A rainbow flag?  Of course.  A United Nations flag?  Hang it high and proud.  But, a Gadsden flag?  Flying this symbolic flag in Olympia is like waving a cross in front of Dracula, or unfurling an Israeli flag in ISIS territory.  Why would he do this out in the rural parts of the county?

Jim Cooper grew up around politics. pictured here with his father, Mike Cooper, former City of Edmonds Mayor
Jim Cooper grew up around politics. pictured here with his father, Mike Cooper, former City of Edmonds Mayor

Democrat Jim Cooper has a lengthy history of supporting all tax increases (including an illegal income tax proposal).  He believes in much bigger government, and he has become a poster child for incompetent and unaccountable government.  This history is unlikely to endear him to the average “Tea Party” voter.

However, based on primary election results and other recent county-wide elections – he is aware what works in the progressive bastion of Olympia will not play well in the rural parts of the county.  So, in an awesome chameleon strategy of political pandering, he pretends to be whatever he believes people want him to be.  This politician pulls out the Gadsden Flags, the gas-guzzling yellow truck, and the straw hat to ride in the small town parades of Thurston County.  Because, that is what those hicks in the sticks want to see in their politicians.  Don’t tread on me, hell yeah!

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Jim Cooper goes full Tea Party for those rural votes in 2016

Exposing this pandering spectacle is not an attempt to deny Jim Cooper the right to wave whatever flag he wants.  It is still a semi-free country.  In the rural areas of Thurston County, few would care regardless. However, most people – rural or urban – don’t admire hypocrisy and pandering.  It insults the intelligence of the very people at whom the pandering is directed.  It is far better to be true to your beliefs, even if they are politically harmful.  People may disagree, but at least they still respect their differences, and they know where you really stand.

A self-identified “progressive” Democrat may wrap himself in the Gadsden flag in an effort to virtue-signal Tea Party solidarity.  However, actions speak louder than flags.  Just how stupid does Jim Cooper think voters are?

Jim Cooper has Big Plans for Thurston County


Our Constitution begins with the phrase “we the people.”  It was the founder’s intent that government be created by the people, to serve the people.  It wasn’t their intention for the people to serve the government.  It was always intended that government which failed to serve the people should be “altered or abolished.”  Until we return to the founder’s intent, we remain We the Governed

For more background on Thurston County – read these articles:

The Truth about Jim Cooper

Total citizen opposition to questionable rural car at public hearing

Thurston County wants to force another illegal tax on rural residents

Thurston County backpedals from fireworks ban, fumbles through hearing

Thurston County celebrates Independence Day with Fireworks Ban

Five candidates battle for Thurston Commissioner Seat, but who are they?

Thurston County Auditor bends rules to help Allen Miller (and Jim Cooper)

Thurston County discovers new cash cow in the “Crap Tax”

What Happened to the County Charter Movement?

Thurston County Invents $42,000 pocket gopher tax for new homeowners

Thurston County Manager Cliff Moore quits, will now plague the City of Yakima

Thurston County spends $8 million and 18 years to make a $4 million empty building worth $2 million

Thurston County spends $5k for a $3k computer, then loses 12 of them

Thurston County finds missing $60k computer inventory, uses 3 card monte excuse

Thurston County punishes rural serfs again

Sandra Romero – the $200 million Commissioner

Recent elections in Thurston County shock the establishment

Thurston County Commissioners Deny the Reality of Math

Hunters fighting to stop Thurston County’s gun ordinance

A Plague of Consequences in Thurston County

Thurston County to Citizens:  Living here is a real gamble

Childish Political Leadership in Thurston County is costing Taxpayers Millions

Thurston County Demonstrates How Not to Build a Jail

Tales of Tyranny – Bert Wasch Story – Thurston County denies his right to build a home for 5 years

Tales of Tyranny – Misti Chastain – Thurston County attempts to destroy her farm business


  1. Is it a “Tea Party” symbol, or a United States military symbol used by the continental marines during the revolutionary war? I would argue that the Tea Party stole the symbol so that they could fake it. Jim, like myself, is a proud United States veteran. If you notice, there are two other flags over that truck. The flag of the United States and the POW/MIA flag seem to be proudly placed above the truck as well. To claim that the Gadsden Flag belongs strictly to the Tea Party is an insult to many veterans like myself. There is much more to the history of that flag.

  2. In the photo, I can see Cooper is a water HORDER!
    He doesn’t need half a gallon of water, all for himself!i!i!i!

  3. Oh Glen I love it!!! Good job on the artical. And the pics look great too. Where ever did you get the pics??? LMBO!!!!


    • A lot of people had been commenting on Jim Cooper pretending to be someone else when he was out doing these parades, but I thought they were exaggerating. I told them I needed photos as proof.

  4. There need to be big, simple, signs in black and white that read,

    “Jim Cooper is a tax and spend Democrat Olympia City Councilman who will bend unincorporated Thurston County over a barrel.”

    Plywood and paint are cheap.

  5. I saw Jim Cooper do this at Oregon Trail Days in Tenino, and now he has done the same thing in Rainier. Did he fly that flag at Prairie Days in Yelm as well?

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