The Sanchez Clinton Rally

Bill Clinton and Loretta Sanchez

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 the 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.  We deserve better than that.

Still, the event was a success. Hopefully the Loretta Sanchez campaign gets the coverage it deserves.

Loretta Sanchez, Bill Clinton, and Miguel Pulido

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  10 comments for “The Sanchez Clinton Rally

  1. junior
    October 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    That’s it – that’s it!

    I saw it – the “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” finger.

  2. October 16, 2010 at 7:34 am

    The LaRouche guy agrees with your observations about the DPOC and the State Party.
    “The state party cares only about electing the governor and lieutenant governor. They don’t care a whit about any down ticket races”.

    The same could be said about the Republican State Party in dark red states. That’s because, (when the issue is Wall Street), the Republican and Democrat Parties are the two wings of the same bird; vote all you want, the flight plan does not change.

    For example: Glass-Steagall 1933 to 1999.
    Glass-Steagall, the Bank Act of 1933, was weakened and finally killed in 1999 during the Clinton Administration. In the House, 73% of the Democrats and 93% of the Republicans voted to kill the Glass-Steagall protections for America’s commercial banking system. The entire Orange County congressional delegation, in 1999, voted to kill Glass-Steagall, (Christopher Cox, 48th District, voted to kill Glass-Steagall). Loretta Sanchez voted to kill Glass-Steagall, etc.

    In the Senate, 90% voted to kill Glass-Steagall.

    The Republican Party loves derivatives and Wall Street openly and blatantly; the Democratic Party’s love is deceptive and hidden under the veil of anti Wall Street rhetoric. Obama kept House and Senate Glass-Steagall amendments out of his fraud “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009”

    http://www.LaRouchePAC.com/node/6921
    #How the Glass-Steagall Act Struck a Blow against Wall Street’s Power”

  3. Howard be my name
    October 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Here’s the problem.

    It’s the job of the DNC and the RNC to elect a president from their own parties.

    It’s the job of the DCCC, RCCC, DSCC, and RSCC to elect Congressmembers and Senators from their own parties.

    It’s the job of the CDP and the CRP to elect governors and constitutional officers from their own parties.

    It’s the job of the Assembly and Senate Republicans and Democrats to elect state Senators and Assemblymembers from their own parties.

    It’s the job of the county parties to elect local Dems (county supes, city councils, and boards) from their own parties.

    There’s a little crossover and cooperation, but not a lot. The various groups stick to their own jobs, and they don’t care when outsiders complain because they don’t understand or don’t like the job descriptions.

  4. lefty
    October 16, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Clinton = what a louse.

    Republican Legislation (Gramm/ Leach/ Bliley Act, NAFTA,PNTR, etc) destroyed our economy.

    Why isn’t that fact widely known?

    Democrats are afraid to point it out (over, & over, & over, again) because Clinton supported & promoted their agenda, for his own personal gain.

    People vote with their pocketbook – heal their pain.

    Recognise. Admit. Apologize. Fix.

    The GOP – “CAN’T TOUCH THAT.”

  5. Hector
    October 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    the one person you couldn’t see was Fart Pedroza who was busy testing out his knee pads for his new man-crush Don Papi Pulido.

  6. Northcountystorm
    October 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Mr. Spaulding- Thanks for your post. Clinton was great. While your point about the State Party is thoughtful and needs some further discussion I think in this case they were focused on the UCLA event because it was their(CDP) event. The Santa Ana event was a Sanchez event.
    For the UCLA event, the CDP told the readers of their email to “join President Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsome and thousands of activists for a special VOTE 2010 rally.” For the Santa Ana event, Sanchez told the readers of her email “You are invited to a rally featuring President Bill Clinton, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido.” It would have been nice for the CDP to have sent out an email replicating the Sanchez message inviting folks to the Santa Ana rally featuring Clinton, Sanchez and Pulido but I suspect they were focusing their energy on the UCLA event and that the OCDP and other sources would get the word out. Which they did.

    As for the number of communications, I have different numbers than you do. For the Sanchez event, the Sanchez campaign sent out an email, as did Assemblyman Solorio and the DPOC sent out two emails. The Solorio and DPOC emails accurately described the event using the language from the Sanchez campaign; inviting people to a rally featuring Sanchez, Clinton and Pulido. Councilman Sarmiento sent a Facebook message out not using the Sanchez campaign’s language but saying it was Bill Clintons rally supporting Sanchez and Pulido. That wasn’t accurate. Amezcua sent out two emails that I am aware of. This is not twice as many as the DPOC, and probably in raw numbers the DPOC list dwarfed the Amezcua list. And unlike the DPOC and Solorio communications, the Amezcua emails did not use the Sanchez language and instead asked readers to “Support the winning team” and that the winning team ” President Bill Clinton, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Senator Lou Correa and Alfredo Amezcua Candidate for Mayor” invited the reader to a free rally. This wasn’t accurate either.

    Mr. Lauten–If you’re so unhappy with Democrats, please feel free to leave the Party and take Mr. Larouche with you.

    Mr. Prevat-does the crude comment by Hector meet the LOC’s standards for comments?

    • October 16, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      NCS – I stand corrected. After a more careful search of emails received, I can report the following: two messages from Amezcua, two from DPOC, one from Sarmiento and six from the Sanchez campaign. The two from DPOC both arrived on Wednesday and within a four hour time span – 3.02pm and 6.14pm. I obviously conflated them. My bad. Apologies to all.

      • Northcountystorm
        October 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

        No problem. let a thousand emails bloom. They all helped to get a crowd. On your other point, I just remembered that a DNC member sent out a list of Democratic GOTV offices and didn’t list the Orange County office. The L.A. folks haven’t ever gotten over losing the land south of Coyote Creek and seem to ignore what we do in the OC.

  7. gabriel san roman
    October 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Larouchites are batty —

    But the point of Glass Steagall is highly relevant to the Great Recession. The Clinton-Sanchez rally brings back to memory a President who supported its evisceration and a Congresswoman with financial sector money in her pocket who voted to do the same.

    Are the Democrats the party of the people? Or the big banks? (The question is rhetorical)

  8. art lomeli
    October 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    “I the Amezcua emails did not use the Sanchez language and instead asked readers to “Support the winning team” and that the winning team ” President Bill Clinton, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Senator Lou Correa and Alfredo Amezcua Candidate for Mayor” invited the reader to a free rally. This wasn’t accurate either.”

    It is accurate as discussed with Loretta and Correa.

    “Sarmiento sent a Facebook message out not using the Sanchez campaign’s language but saying it was Bill Clintons rally supporting Sanchez and Pulido. That wasn’t accurate.”

    Yes it was not accurate, in fact it is a lie.

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