This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

Erica Barnett asks:

I wonder what all the centrist, but-transit-without-roads-just-isn’t-realistic Seattle editorial writers, bloggers and erstwhile environmentalists who say the roads and transit proposal is the “best we’re ever going to get” are going to say when Prop. 1 fails, as a recent King 5 poll indicates it will? Will they band together and fight for a new light rail package that doesn’t include sprawl-inducing highway expansion–or, as their defeatist endorsements of Prop. 1 indicate, will they just give up?

Oh, we’ll fight alright. The point is not that we’ll “give up.” Rather, it’s that the fight will suck, it will waste an incredible amount of time, attention, and public resources, and at the end we won’t have anything substantially better than Prop. 1 to show for it.

The real question, I think, is what folks like Barnett will do. Will they succeed in stopping the widening of 405 or light rail to Tacoma (both of which The Stranger opposed in its op-ed)? I tend to doubt it.

(P.S., it takes some pretty creative reading of the King 5 poll — with nearly 4 in 10 voters “undecided” — to declare, unequivocally, that it “indicates” the measure will fail.)