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What’s the Matter with California?

You can’t drive around Los Angeles without noticing how bad things are in the (once-)Golden State.  Storefronts sit empty.  And those that remain open regularly announce sales, trying to do anything to lure in customers so they can stay afloat.

You can’t have a conversation with your friends without hearing stories of lost jobs or reduced salaries (save if they work for the state government).

You can’t open the newspapers, flip on the local news or read an article on the state’s sorry finances without learning that the state is close to broke, with some forecasting it may soon have to declare bankruptcy.

And yet, as Roger Simon notes, the candidates of the status quo retain a lead in recent polling:

. . . Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer are still leading Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina by 5.4% and 3.3% (RCP averages) in a state where unemployment is 12.4% (not including the underemployed and the astronomical number that have already given up), and from which businesses are fleeing like rats from the proverbial sinking ship? Even the storefronts on swanky Rodeo Drive are standing empty.

Nevertheless, a plurality of the voters still want the same old, same old. I thought it was supposed to be the economy, stupid. It’s not as if Whitman and Fiorina are implausible candidates in a time of economic crisis. They’re ex-CEOs.

Crazy, no? How do you explain it? Sure Whitman and Fiorina have made mistakes in their campaigns, but so have their opponents. And with the state nearing bankruptcy, you would think minor campaign flubs would pale into insignificance.

Neither Brown nor Boxer is putting forward any new ideas to fix the state.  Almost the entirety of Brown’s campaign is to reminisce about what he once did, three decades ago, as Governor while promising, in the fall, not to do what he said, in the summer, he might have to do:  raise taxes.  Oh, and then to attack Meg Whitman for, well, for being horrible no good and very bad and little more than a George W. Bush clone in drag. (more…)

Guess Washington Post has more important stories to cover than the myriad controversies swirling around Barbara Boxer

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:33 pm - October 14, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Media Bias

Since then-Vice President Cheney accidently shot Harry Whittington five years ago, Whittington wants to move one but the Washington Post sees fit to run a lengthy exposé.

Guess it beats covering the unpopularity of the Obama agenda and is almost as interesting as the latest revelation about Christine O’Donnell.

Guess they’re trying to remind us just how nasty Republicans are to deflect attention from how arrogant the incumbent Democrats are.

Well at least they’re deflating the myth about the preponderance of racist signs at a tea party rally.

Hey, Democrats, you’ve got some differentiating to do!

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:30 pm - October 14, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Mean-spirited leftists

Recall how the unhappy Barney Frank, after leaving on a (bailout recipient’s) jet plane to the Virgin Islands, insisted that Republicans “need to do more to ‘differentiate themselves’ from the hateful speech spewed in the healthcare debate’s final hours“?  Seems this mean-spirited Massachusetts Democrat wants to tie his partisan adversaries to the fringe elements of the Tea Party (while they, in Barney’s fervid imagination, want to tie him to the train tracks).

Well, Barney, like most things you try, this, well, this strategy isn’t working:

Despite 18 months of the media calling tea partiers frothing rabble and angry extremists, a new poll shows precisely the opposite. More people perceive the Democratic Party to be dominated by the fringe. Of course anyone with functioning synapses has recognized this for the past few decades.

The Democratic polling firm Penn, Schoen and Berland “found that 44 percent of likely voters say the Democratic Party is more dominated by its extreme elements; whereas 37 percent say it’s the Republican Party that is more dominated by extremists.

(H/t:  Instapundit.)

Jerry Brown, Content to Be Compared to the Unabomber*?!?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 pm - October 14, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

Not just that, he’s content to keep Mexico in “perpetual third world status”, dooming its citizens to a difficult life.  Seems that’s more of an issue than Gloria Allred’s mock outrage at a successful Republican businesswoman.  This goes to what a potential Governor actually has said — what he believes.

The folks at Verum Serum unearthed this telling video of the guy all but singing the praises of a peasant society:

Here’s the transcript of the first half of the segment.  When you watch the video, make sure to catch the first word Brown says after the host compares him to the Unabomber (not in transcript):

Jerry Brown:  These people from Mexico, they’re pushed out of their own country, by this modernization process. Which American corporations push. Then they get here and take work that no American can take. The answer to that is not more crime, not more police, not more surveillance, not more elimination of American or anyone else’s liberty. But slow down the process of modernization in Mexico. Raise the wages here…

Host: Slow down the process of modernization!?…I feel like I’m talking to the Unabomber here, what is this?

Wonder why the media aren’t talking this guy to account for things he actually said as Verum Serum reminds us:

Some how Brown has made it almost to the end of this campaign without having to answer for any of the radical policy ideas and crazy conspiracy theories he ranted about on his Pacifica radio show in the 90′s. Sure this was a long time ago, but these were not some random musings of a private citizen. These were deeply held beliefs expressed by a man who had spent a lifetime in politics, and who was intent on continuing to make an impact on the political landscape here in California.

*Well, he doesn’t object when the comparison is made.

Will Richard Burr break the curse?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:18 am - October 14, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,American History,Carolina News

While everyone is talking about the race for the Senate seat in my (adopted) home state, no one is talking about the race in Bruce’s (adopted) home state. Well, maybe they should.  Even though all latest polls have incumbent Richard Burr’s margin in the double digits, if history is any guide, he won’t be returning to the Senate come January.

You see, not since Sam Ervin’s reelection in 1968 had an incumbent won election for that seat.  When Ervin retired, Robert Morgan succeeded him in 1974, only to be defeated by John East in 1980.  Republican Jim Broyhill tapped to replace East (when he took his own life) lost the seat in 1986 to Terry Sanford who, six years later, was ousted by Lauch Faircloth.  In 1998, John Edwards edged him out.  Six years later, Edwards chose to run for president rather than seek re-election.  Tapped as his party’s vice presidential nominee, Edwards lost the state as did his party’s Senate nominee, former (Bill) Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles.  Richard Burr was the man who beat him.

Every election since the Democratic year of 1974, this Senate seat has switched parties.  Maybe the 2010 cycle will break that “curse.”

Democratic Pollster: Blaming Bush Won’t Work

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 9:30 am - October 14, 2010.
Filed under: Blame Republicans first,Bush-hatred

In yesterday’s Political Diary, John Fund reported:

President Obama has been enamored of the theme that the country can’t afford to return to what he terms the discredited policies of the Bush years. “That’s the mantra that he wants to drill into voters’ heads between now and November,” ABC News reported last summer.

The only problem, according to [Democratic pollster Stan] Greenberg, is that it doesn’t work. “Though voters agree the economy was an ‘inherited’ problem, they do not like to hear politicians blaming Bush or looking backwards,” he concluded in his study. In an interview with Jane Hamsher of the blog Firedog Lake, Mr. Greenberg went on to say: “I’m really puzzled by Democratic leaders stuck in a message that demonstrably doesn’t work.” He puts it down to the president listening to economic advisers who want him to set a rhetorical tone that “will help confidence to come back.”

This blame game just isn’t seem very presidential.  Perhaps, Obama should take the advice of a guest on the “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” who said that the “key thing” should be “for everybody just to stay focused on doing the job instead of trying to figure out who you can pass blame on to.”

Good advice.  Maybe the president should take that guy’s words to heart.

“If a whiteboy GOP staffer made a comment like that,”

. . .the Armed Liberal thinks “the gay community would be out for blood.”  He’s quoting cited a post from “the Petrelis Files” where White House senior advisor “Valerie Jarrett talking to gay journo Jonathan Capehart:”

Capeheart: One of the things you’ve put a spotlight on, and to veer sharply away from infrastructure, and that was on the rash of suicides of gay youth. You gave a speech to the Human Rights Campaign annual dinner, where you named the victims. You talked about the President’s commitment to making a more inclusive, tolerant, accepting country. Why did you feel it was important to deliver that message, and deliver it there?

Jarrett: Well, I think what we’ve seen over the last few months are some very tragic deaths of young people, our children. And avoidable deaths. They were driven to commit suicide because they were being harassed in school, and driven to do something that no child should ever be driven to do. And in many cases, the parents are doing a good job. Their families are supportive. Before I spoke at the HRC dinner, I met backstage with Tammy Aarberg, her son Andrew. These are good people. They were aware that their son was gay. They embraced him. They loved him. They supported his lifestyle choice.

[emphasis Petrelis]

Armed Liberal via Instapundit.  Lifestyle choice?  And I thought it was only the social conservatives who used the word, “lifestyle” to describe gays.  Petrelis finds it “doubly offensive that [gay journalist] Capehart makes no effort to point out how dangerous Jarrett’s thinking is.”

Maybe he was hoping to join Joe Solmonese on one of hid fancy fundraising jaunts for the DNC.

We need just 40 seats to fire Pelosi

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:12 am - October 14, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,New Media

So, let’s say you’re sitting at home and you just can’t wait until November 2 so you can vote against the Democrats.  You want to do something to help defeat congressmen (and -women) who support ever larger federal government and consistently vote to limit our freedom.  Well, here’s a solution, dash on over to 40seats.com, 40 seats being the number of seats Republicans need to regain control of the House.

There, on their handy-dandy map, you can pick a congressional race near you — or just type in your zip code and they’ll help you take a seat.  In my case, it was a Democrat who, in a sure sign of desperation, has been making racial appeals to save her seat.  The site organizers provide details of the Democrat’s voting record, in Loretta’s case, votes for Obamacare, Cap and Trade and the “stimulus.”

Then, they give you a series of choices to solve the problem (i.e., of a Democrat representing you — or your neighbors).  You can choose to donate money, slap a bumper sticker on your car, put a sign in your yard, make calls, walk precincts or give money.  Can’t seem to find a link though to the Republican candidate’s web-site.  In this case, that fine conservative is Assemblyman Van Tran, an advocate of free market solutions to the Golden State’s economic woes.

Click here to support his campaign.

And go to 40seats.com to find a race near you!

Don’t think This’ll Further His Reelection Prospects

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:46 am - October 14, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

Court Document Details [Democratic] Congressman’s Past Spousal Abuse.

Ohio Democrat Congressman Charlie Wilson was first elected to Congress in the Democrat wave year of 2006. Prior to that, he had been a long-time member of the Ohio state legislature, first elected to the Ohio House in 1996 and the Ohio Senate in 2004. (One of his four grown sons succeeded him in the legislature and is currently an Ohio State Senator.) He was also married for 27 years to his wife, Clara. The marriage ended in divorce in 1990.

BigGovernment has obtained a trial brief filed by Mrs. Clara Wilson prior to the formal divorce proceedings. The brief was filed November 9th, 1990. The brief is part of the public record and was obtained at Belmont County Court House in Ohio. (Other documents related to the divorce are sealed.) The brief, which is posted below, is shocking and details very serious allegations of spousal abuse. It states that the grounds of divorce are “extreme cruelty.”

This may have happened 20 years ago, yet Jim Geraghty quips, “There is no statute of limitations on public opinion.”  RealClearPolitics rate this one a toss-up,   McCain edged Obama in the district by 8,000 votes.

You can support the man trying to edge Charlie out here.