Yesterday on his blog, Mickey Kaus, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, noted how the state Democratic Party is excluding him from a berth at their upcoming convention because they deem him not to be a viable candidate:
If you disagree with the California Democratic Party’s decision to apply an amorphous “viability” test to deny candidates like …well, me, a chance to even be heard at the party convention,please email CDP Executive Director Shawnda Westly to inform her of your views. Her email is
(Via: Glenn Reynolds.)
As per that request (in a bit of a rush), I did just that.
Dear Ms. Westly,
I am a lifelong Republican who has never voted Democratic in a statewide race since moving to California in 1999. Should Mr. Kaus win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate and Tom Campbell the Republican, I will likely vote Democratic in that race given my qualms about Mr. Campbell’s associations.
But, given Mrs. Boxer’s absence of accomplishment this past 18 years as well as her mean-spirited partisanship, I could never vote for her. Never.
If you want to make your party more viable to a partisan Republican who disagrees with Mr. Kaus about 60-76% of the time, but would vote for him over a certain Republican, you should reconsider your decision. There are many more Republicans like myself who disagree with Mickey Kaus, but respect him. They might join me in voting Democratic should he be your party’s nominee. And I daresay in a Republican year, this could make the difference in a close election.
Fine, say he’s not viable. With Mrs. Boxer’s high negatives, you’re giving my party the best shot in years to take a California Senate seat, given the anti-incumbent mood. With Kaus as your party’s nominee, the likelihood of keeping the seat in Democratic hands grows exponentially.
All the best, Daniel Blatt (West Hollywood)