Wow. James L at Swing State Project is taking notice. Our own 44th Congressional District shocked not just the OC politicos, but the entire national punditry. Bill Hedrick nearly unseated 16 year entrenched GOP incumbent Ken Calvert.
So what do we do now? We are so tantalizingly close to winning here. What can we do to turn this red seat blue?
Should the national Democrats (like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) get involved in 2010? Should Bill Hedrick agree to a rematch? Should local Democrats do more organizing on the ground to make Calvert sweat for these next two years?
Let’s face it, we missed out this year by keeping this seat off our radar. So what can Democrats do in the next two years to make sure this doesn’t happen again in 2010? Bill Hedrick actually narrowly carried Riverside County while being clobbered in the South OC part of the district. What can we do next time to improve our performance in both parts of the district?
So please, share your ideas on winning the 44th with us. And for the record, our own Gila was right. When the national pundits said Calvert was unbeatable, Gila blew the whistle & told us that this race would be close. I guess one lesson we should never forget is to know that Gila is always right.