We’ve noted all along that Orange County is home to a half-million plus registered Democrats who are virtually ignored by the Orange County Register’s editorial pages (not the news pages, the folks who write the editorials).Â Let’s see how these guys did.
They backed Meg Whitman for governor. She lost.
They backed Carly Fiorina for senate. She lost.
They weighed in on a single congressional contest between Rep. Loretta Sanchez and State Rep. Van Tran, pulling for Tran (fascinating there was no “throw the bums out” mentality for John Campbell or Ed Royce or Dana Rohrabacher).Â Tran lost big.
They suggested no recall of Capo Unified trustees. They were recalled and replaced with candidates who care about teachers and students.
They were a no vote on MeasureÂ R in Irvine that provides city assistance to IUSD/TUSD schools. It passed by large margins.
They were a solidÂ Yes on Prop 23 that would suspend AB32 and hurt the thriving green technology economy and were a solid No on Prop 25 which passed allowing budgets to be passed with a majority vote.Â Passed and passed.
They even gave fawning coverage to Nevada’s Republican Tea party Senate candidate Sharon Angle. She lost (will she break out her “2nd amendment remedy” to seize power?)
So Democrats effectively control virtually every Constitutional office in California this morning.Â Loretta Sanchez won easily over a “strong candidate” in an anti-Democratic/anti-incumbent election cycle.Â California voters elected to invest in green/environmental issues and to break the gridlock for passing budgets in Sacramento while preserving the two-thirds vote needed to increase taxes and fees.
So when are these guys going to fess up that itÂ is they who are out of touch with California?
I’m hopeful this election brings change to the Register’s editorial desk and with that change, the inclusion of a more sweeping exchange of ideas that include points of view that are liberal, conversative, Libertarian and all flavors in between.Â That is a true definition of “freedom” Gentlemen.Â
Add some liberal, left wing columnists and watch your Letters to the Editor basket overflow. And perhaps your circulation numbers will improve. Don’t ignore a market of 500,000 because you do so at your peril.