When we first learned that the Californian United PAC was behind the Otto Bade write-in for the 34th State Senate District, I wrote about my disappointment here.
A few hours after that post appeared on this site, Martin Wisckol linked to it over at The Total Buzz, and I got a couple of emails for some friends.Ã‚Â One email was from a conservative reader who told me that he was happy to see that I could be critical of my party when it was warranted.
The other email was from a recognized local lefty who criticized me for criticizing Correa in the midnight hour.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“You might as well hand over control to the GOP if we are going to be acting like this,Ã¢â‚¬Â he wrote.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“You can huff and puff all you want after the election.Ã‚Â Buddy, we must be united if we want to hold the 34th.Ã¢â‚¬Â
My response was simple: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I want to hold on to the 34th as much as you, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not in this to spin stories to make them look good for our guysÃ¢â‚¬Â¦thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s JubalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game.Ã‚Â Not mine.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And the Bade candidacy didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look good for our guy, and I was disappointed.Ã‚Â But I hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t and wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go as far as saying that the official Correa campaign had anything to do with encouraging Bade to run.
In the Sacramento Bee yesterday, however, Dick Ackerman said that he suspects Dems on LouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s campaign had coordinated the Bade write-in.Ã‚Â There was no evidence included in the article to support such a claim, but my mind is open to hearing any factually-based arguments on this matter.Ã‚Â You’d suspect that Ackerman has some evidence, right?Ã‚Â He’s yet to show any of it.
But let me ask this: if the Republican Party ran a strong Republican instead of centrist Lynn Daucher, would an Otto Bade make any difference?Ã‚Â I can remember reading quite a bit of Daucher disparagement written by Republicans this last election cycle:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I like Lynn Daucher personally, but not even by a herculean act of self-deception could a person fool themselves into thinking she is a conservative by any measure.Ã¢â‚¬Â Written by Matt Cunningham at OC Blog.
And this one is good too:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“[Daucher] supports higher taxes, bigger government, is an adamant foe of property rights (pro-eminent domain and pro-Smart Growth), is zealously pro-abortion and has supported some of the more left-wing elements in the gay activist agenda.Ã¢â‚¬Â Written by Steve Greenhut at The Orange County Register.
The votes that Bade was Ã¢â‚¬Å“stealingÃ¢â‚¬Â werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t coming from the middle; they were coming from voters that felt that Lynn was too soft on issues that they cared about.Ã‚Â An indpendent PAC encouraging a candidate to run as a write-in that would give those 900 extremely right-winged voters someone to vote for may be slightly underhanded, but it’s completely legal (and effective).
Your own medicine doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t taste so great, does it, OC GOP?