Nearly 1,000 people showed up to see Bill Clinton and Loretta Sanchez this afternoon at the Old Courthouse in downtown Santa Ana. Yes, it was important that right-thinking people be there in large numbers. Yes, it was important that self-respecting Democrats be there in large numbers. No question.
In 1996 then President Bill Clinton came to a Rally in the same place to help elect Loretta Sanchez to Congress. President Clinton has the ability to distill complex concepts into language most anyone can follow and understand. There was a time during the last presidential election when it seemed he was off his game. Not so today. His ringing endorsement of Loretta Sanchez was loud and clear. The man has a commanding grasp of the facts. He obviously knows what he’s talking about and took his time talking about it. He can talk about anything; I just wish he wouldn’t talk about everything.
But we weren’t the real audience for his remarks. He knows that in order to reach the real audience, he had to cover all the issues. The real audience is the 6 o’clock news. In order to maximize Loretta’s television time, he had to give the cameras some really good soundbites. Because it’s impossible to know what will appeal to this editor or that, he had to cover it all. And he did — eloquently and in terms we could all connect with.
Well, not quite all of us. the Van Tran campaign showed up with about two dozen people carrying lawn signs. They were mostly off to one side and quiet until Clinton began to speak. At that point it became clear they intended to disrupt. It might have worked because the PA system was borderline inadequate. The crowd surrounded the Van Tran people and in fairly short order, the disruption was contained. Most of theÂ Van Tran people left shortly thereafter.
One item of particular note and it seems to confirm something I’ve been talking about for years. The state party cares only about electing the governor and lieutenant governor. They don’t care a whit about any down ticket races. The Democratic state party sent nearly a dozen emails promoting Clinton’s appearance — in LA for candidates Brown and Newsom. Nary a single notice for his Orange County appearance. I think the DPOC sent a couple messages. Santa Ana mayoral candidate Alfredo Amezcua sent more messages than the state party and DPOC combined. Good on him and sad for the party.Â We deserve better than that.
Still, the event was a success. Hopefully the Loretta Sanchez campaign gets the coverage it deserves.