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I pondered yesterday’s post in the Flash Report where Jon Fleischman discusses a rumor about the Governor’s Chief of Staff Susan Kennedy possibly leaving to join Hillary Clinton’s presidential team.Ã‚Â Jon wants her to go of course, but that’s not in the cards.
As a regular reader (I read the Flash Report so you don’t have to), I have to admire Jon’s tenacity on sticking with Newt Gingrich’s plan of constantly using negative language by which to describe liberals and Democrats.Ã‚Â Take this paragraphÃ‚Â for example.
The Republican Party worked hard to elect and re-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger.Ã‚Â Our Republican Governor having a Chief of Staff who isn’t repulsed by what Hillary Clinton stands for is problematic, let alone the opposite — admiration for her.Ã‚Â We’ve picked up a lot of new readers lately who weren’t around when I spent quite a bit of time being critical of the Governor’s hire of Ms. Kennedy (the Gov. called me before he made the announcement, and I made the case that there are millions of Republicans in California, and that he should confine his search for a new Chief of Staff to one of them — ahh, to no avail.)Ã‚Â Kennedy’s qualifications were so far from what we needed that it boggled the mind that she would be in consideration…Ã‚Â Deputy Chief of Staff to the recently disgraced and recalled Democrat Governor Gray Davis…Ã‚Â Former Executive Director of the California Democratic Party (under former CDP Chairman Phil Angelides no less)…Ã‚Â Former senior staff with the California Abortion Rights Action League…Ã‚Â Former senior staffer for ultra-liberal Senator Dianne Feinstein…Ã‚Â I could go on…Ã‚Â But we all get the point.
It’s clear to me that Jon has no idea what Hillary Clinton stands for; she is perhaps the most conservative of the Demcoratic candidates running for president and to read her positions on various issues, there’sÃ‚Â more middle of the road than left side of the road when it comes toÃ‚Â Senator ClintonÃ‚Â Ã‚Â (a disclosure: I support Hillary for President and have made the maximum pre-primary contribution).
I love how Jon continues to reference the Phone Call from the Terminator.Ã‚Â Has anyone ever gotten more mileage from a simple phone call?Ã‚Â New readers to this blog will note, the Governor hasn’t called Jon “recently.”Ã‚Â And let’s explore that word for a moment because in every reference for former Governor Gray Davis, Jon likes to use the words “recently disgraced and recalled” Governor Gray Davis.Ã‚Â That was 2003.Ã‚Â Was that “recent?”Ã‚Â How about “Republican efforts to legislate by ballot measure recently failed.”Ã‚Â No, too 2005.Ã‚Â How about “recently, Republicans only elected two members to statewide office.”Ã‚Â No, too 2006.Ã‚Â
But to call Senator Diane Feinstein an “ultra-liberal” is laughable.Ã‚Â Senator Boxer is more to the left than Senator Feinstein.Ã‚Â
Susan Kennedy saved the Governor from himself by freeing the Governor from the grip of the conservative right.Ã‚Â If Jon keeps waiting for a conservative to emerge as Governor, it will have to wait until the 2010 elections.Ã‚Â And then run someone from the wacky right wing fringe as a candidate.Ã‚Â Good luck with that.
Don’t forget to FLUSH.