While on a national level I am excited about the prospect of Democratic Party majorities in the House and possibly the Senate, I find myself rather unenthused about this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s election, at least in California.Ã‚Â
In the GovernorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race, I am disappointed that our nominee has not been able to effectively capitalize on the failings of Arnold and his multiple broken promises.Ã‚Â I still cannot figure out which bone-head in my party thought it was better to compare Arnold to King George instead of promoting the benefits of a change to a democratic state administration.Ã‚Â Even after an expensive contested primary election and five month of a campaign, the Angelides campaign still hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t effectively introduced Phil and what he stands for to the voters.Ã‚Â We have allowed Arnold to define Phil in the most negative light, and failed to correct that negative perception.
This has a dramatic effect on the down ticket races for Constitutional offices in addition to the suppression of Democratic turnout in general.Ã‚Â In Orange County the importance of turnout is critical in the 34th Senate seat.Ã‚Â This is a close race that will be decided by turnout.Ã‚Â In addition to the failure of the top of our ticket to motivate our base to get out and vote there is the interference by interests outside of Orange County (on the Democratic side) in the 34th Senate contest. Ã‚Â Senate President Pro-Tempore Don Perata and his controlled independent expenditure groups bought the primary win for Lou Correa, and then waited to the last minute to do anything to support their candidate while the Republicans dumped a fortune propping up Lynn Daucher from day one after she won the primary.Ã‚Â
The latest bonehead maneuver on the part of Perata and his girlfriend, campaign consultant Sandy Polka, was to fund through their IE CalifornianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s United a write-in campaign for a conservative Latino candidate, Otto Bade.Ã‚Â I cannot phantom what these idiots are thinking by trying to peal off votes, mostly from CorreaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Latino base of support.Ã‚Â Both candidates are real close in position on the most controversial issues.Ã‚Â Giving Latinos another Latino to vote for other than Lou is simply stupid.
So on election night, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be joining the Democratic Party of Orange County at the IBEW union headquarters, celebrating a Jose Solorio victory in the 69th Assembly race and then on over to Proof and Liberally Drink to whatever other successes the Democrats may eek out in California and nationally.
Folks, I know this election may present us with some disappointing choices, but it is still important that you get out and vote.Ã‚Â Your vote does matter, and may just make the necessary difference to elect our candidates in some of the down-ticket races.
Hope is not a strategy!
As Eleanor Roosevelt saidÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Democracy is not about words, but action.Ã¢â‚¬Â
VOTE ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7th