Tag Archive for Democrats

Will new UCI Professor John Campbell use “Atlas Shrugged” as a textbook?

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The University of California-Irvine (UCI) today announced that former Congressman John Campbell (R-Irvine) has been named visiting professor in UCI’s school of social science.  And yes, I laughed too because my first question is “will John Campbell teach courses in running for office without actually campaigning” or “Being named ‘Legislator of the Year’ by the…

The Quiet Leadership of Harry Reid

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It didn’t take long for me to be pulled into circles of progressive and Democratic activists in Las Vegas. And before long, I had to rethink everything I thought I had known about the most famous living Nevadan. Looking from afar, I didn’t get Senator Harry Reid’s soft voice, his bumbling ways, and his weak…

Good Winners and Bad Winners

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Years of coaching kid sports, for both boys and girls, is something I’ll always cherish.  I love winning as much as any coach does, but I’ve always found there are life lessons to be taught that hopefully carry over into young adulthood (and some of kids who played ball for me have graduated college already…

Our Election Hangover Blues

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Election day was tough on Democrats.  What made it especially tough was the lack of turnout.  If Democrats go to the polls, even in this Red County, we can be competitive and do well.  While all the ballots are not yet counted, turnout was down.  Way down. For those Republicans who won, hardly a mandate…

Three Cheers for the Underdog

Why do some candidates run against all odds?

The Orange County Register ran a great story about political underdogs over the weekend that brought to light the motivation of candidates who run for elective office, in spite of all the odds against them in unseating an incumbent official. The story featured Suzanne Savary who is challenging Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Peter Anderson, who is challenging Congressman Ed Royce.