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I think chocolates would be in order, don’t you?

As you recall, this morning, Sharron Angle’s “campaign sent flowers and a thank you note to Behar,” prompting, as Mark Hemingway put it

. . . another charming response from Behar – “I would like to point out that those flowers were picked by illegal immigrants and they’re not voting for you, bitch.” (Yes, one would hope illegal immigrants are not in fact voting, as it is against the law.)

I just spoke to the Angle campaign and it’s another great day, having raised $136,000 more. In fact, the campaign is almost exactly where they were yesterday at this time. The Angle campaign is no doubt hard at work thinking of new and creative ways to annoy Behar.

Annoy? Don’t you mean, express appreciation to?

Well, I think a nice box of chocolates would be nice.  Do you agree?  Perhaps you can think of something more creative.

No, Ma’am, you can’t use public schoolteachers to recruit students to work for your campaign

Do wonder when the California media’s gonna start paying attention to career politician Barbara Boxer’s mistakes, misdeeds and misstatements.  Nor comes word that her campaign is “recruiting public school students through the teachers’ union.

Jon Coupal has the scoop:

Today the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association notified the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Board of Education today that, in abject ignorance of California state law, the political campaign of Senator Barbara Boxer has openly solicited teachers employed by LAUSD to urge their students to volunteer for her campaign.

HJTA’s letter to the school district urges LAUSD to immediately inform all its personnel, credentialed or otherwise, that it would be a clear violation of law for teachers to recruit their students on school property during school hours to volunteer for a specific political campaign.

Guess the 28-year Washington veteran is finding it tough to attract volunteers for her faltering campaign, so she’s gotta use government resources to scare ’em up.  Sorry, Ma’am, people just can’t get excited about sending you back to Washington to represent them.

Most people aren’t voting for the the three-termer because they’re proud of her record, but because of her partisan affiliation.  But, if they look beyond the D, they find an F, a failed Senator.

Help retire this out-of-touch incumbent by supporting her energetic opponent!

UPDATE:  Flap posted a copy of the letter from Boxer’s campaign.  Yes, friends, it is a smoking gun.  If a Republican had pulled a stunt like this, it’d be news.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Rhymes With Right writes. . . .

. . .  this teacher might have been willing to give Boxer a pass on this letter, were it not for the campaign video to share with students. Without it, it could simply be argued that it was nothing more than the campaign making teachers aware of volunteer opportunities for students interested in volunteering for a campaign. The video, however, makes it very clear that teachers were being asked to go beyond their mission of educating students and providing them with learning opportunities, and instead engage in political indoctrination in the classroom.

Carly to be released from hospital today!

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:06 pm - October 27, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics,Strong Women

My gal is quite a strong woman.  Just one day after being hospitalized for an infection related to the reconstructive surgery (following her successful treatment for breast cancer), Carly Fiorina is going to be released from the hospital later today.

From the campaign:

Since she was admitted to the hospital yesterday morning, Carly has been successfully treated for the infection she had as a result of reconstructive surgery following her victory over breast cancer. This morning, her doctors gave her the good news that she will be released from the hospital today and can resume her busy campaign schedule tomorrow. Carly is grateful for the outpouring of well wishes and prayers from so many Californians. She is excited to get back on the campaign trail and to move forward toward a triumph over Barbara Boxer next Tuesday.

Laughter is the best medicine

So writes Michelle Malkin in describing the floral arrangement Sharron Angle sent Joy Behar.  You see the day the TV talker delivered a mean-spirited rant against the Nevada Republican, the candidate had a “banner day fundraising” raking it $137,000.

As you my recall,

Behar repeatedly called Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle a “bitch” on the air yesterday, and told her to “go to hell,” for the release of a political advertisement the ladies of The View saw as racially charged.

“You know what I’d like to see her do? I’d like to see her do this ad in the south Bronx. Come here, bitch! Come to New York and do it,” Behar said.

Michelle alerts us to Elizabeth Crum’s post on NRO Battle ’10:

In response to Joy Behar’s vicious remarks on The View, the Angle campaign sent a lovely flower arrangement with a note enclosed.

“Joy, Raised $150,000 online yesterday. Thanks for your help. Sincerely, Sharron Angle”

And Jerry Brown Wants to Make it 50

California currently ranks 49th in Tax Foundation‘s just released 2011 State Business Tax Climate Index.  (Via Tax Prof via Instapundit.)

And via Jerry Brown’s campaign mailings, we learn he has no clue how to make it any better.  He has no plan to cut taxes and promises to “create a ‘strike team'” by “leverag[ing] private and federal research dollars for startups and other California businesses, especially those in high tech and green industries.”  Um, Jerry, have you taken a look at the federal budget deficit lately?  It’s over one trillion dollars.  Don’t think there’s gonna be all that many dollars to leverage.

Plus, the former Governor has a plan calling for “new investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy”, but who’s going to make those investments?  Will he mandate that private industries do that or maybe he’ll want the state government to do that?  The former solution puts additional burdens on struggling enterprises while the latter asks a cash-strapped state (already having trouble paying its bills) to fork out money it doesn’t have.

Unfortunately, this guy who was a political has-been when he ran for president in 1992 — when he lost the California Democratic primary — is out of touch with what’s going in America today.  People don’t want government to solve our problems.  58% of Americans think government is “doing too many things that should be left to businesses and individuals.” Only “23% of U.S. voters say they prefer a more active government with more services and higher taxes over one with fewer services and lower taxes“. 65% “prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes rather than one with more services and higher taxes.

And Jerry Brown’s got no plan to reduce our taxes.  And is still looking to government to provide solutions.

The “expenditure heard ’round the political world”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:30 pm - October 27, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

That’s what Politico’s Molly Ball is calling the $3 million the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is “pouring . . . into the race against Sen. Barbara Boxer on behalf of GOP nominee Carly Fiorina“:

The news Monday that the National Republican Senatorial Committee planned to dump that much money into California, this late in the campaign, was enough to cause a double take. The NRSC was already in for $4.8 million in coordinated spending — making the nearly $8 million total expenditure in California the most the committee has publicly committed to any state this year and the most ever in California.

Despite my enthusiasm for Carly, we’ve always known that this would be an uphill fight.  After all, Democrats have a double-digit registration advantage in the Golden State.  Obama won here with over 60% of the vote.  The local media all but ignore 28-year Washington veteran Barbara Boxer’s misstatements, mistakes and misdeeds, yet her negatives remain very high — even in this “blue state.”

And looking at all the polls, Ed Morrissey writes that “Boxer isn’t closing the deal in a deep-blue state, and that means Fiorina has a shot at victory here. If she didn’t, Feinstein wouldn’t be hitting the campaign trail, and the DSCC wouldn’t be dumping millions to protect Boxer.“  That’s right.  Despite the millions Boxer has raised  — and spent, “the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is putting in last-minute cash of its own“:

Republicans seized on the DSCC’s spending — the committee has declined to say how much — as proof Boxer is on the ropes.

“The Democrats obviously know that this race is neck and neck just eight days from the election, or else they would not be spending their own limited resources defending millionaire Sen. Barbara Boxer in the blue state of California,” crowed the NRSC’s Amber Marchand.

Help Carly retire this career politician back to her adopted hometown in the desert.  Maybe folks there want her back.  I mean, the local paper there backed Carly.

Ma’am, You Just Can’t Get Your Facts Straight

If Christine O’Donnell made whoppers like these, it’d be news.  And Barbara Boxer hasn’t been serving in Washington for 28 years. Wonder why the media aren’t interested in the repeated misrepresentations made by this career politician.

Help retire this failed Senator. Support my gal Carly!

Northern California Democrat Backs Carly

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:00 am - October 27, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

In northern California, editorial writers are noticing that 3-term incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer has paid little attention to the state she purportedly represents in the United States Senate:

Incumbent Barbara Boxer, for all her nearly 18 years in the U.S. Senate, has limited legislative accomplishment and has established a reputation of inaccessibility and distance from her home state. Some would argue, although California leans leftward, Boxer’s positions on issues of environment and free trade are out of touch, even extreme, for Californians.

By contrast, the editors of the Marysville-Yuba City Appeal-Democrat find that Carly Fiorina “has the commitment to address the biggest issues of the day”: (more…)

Independents Rejecting Democrats in Droves

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:40 am - October 27, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Conservative Ideas

Because of the way Independent voters responded to one question in the recent POLITICO-GW Battleground Poll, I titled this post as I did (instead of following Politico’s lead and saying that independents were turning to the GOP.)  While they favor the Republican to the Democratic congressional candidate by a margin of 44-30, 38 percent believe the Democrats have been “more specific this year in proposing policies and solutions for our nation’s problems” as opposed to 30 percent for the Republicans.

To be sure, some of those who believe Democrats have been more specific in offering solutions may not like the particular details of said solutions (e.g., the health care overhaul).  That said, with only 30 percent of independents thinking the Republicans have specific solutions to our nation’s problems, it’s pretty clear most of those opting for GOP candidates primarily because they’re not Democrats.

Only 33% (of independents) believe the economic stimulus legislation passed by President Obama and Congress is working. 64% do not. And 44% prefer an unnamed GOP candidate for president to the 29% who prefer a named Democratic one – the incumbent.  It’s pretty clear independents are turning away from this president and his party.

Over at Powerline, Paul Mirengoff offers a similar assessment:

The Battleground Poll referred to above shows that independents are flocking to Republican candidates out of disgust with Obama and Pelosi, not delight with Republicans. It is also unlikely that independents are enamored with significant portions of the conservative agenda. After all, only about 40 percent of the country typically describes itself as conservative in polls, and many of them are probably to the left of the Tea Party movement mainstream. In the Battleground poll discussed above, 24 percent of respondents described themselves as very conservative.

Something for Republicans to chew off.  I tend to be a bit more sanguine than Paul about the popularity of the Tea Party agenda.  Recall the recent Gallup poll showing record opposition to big government: (more…)

Dems & (Their Allied Groups) Outspending Republicans (& Theirs)

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:16 am - October 27, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Media Bias

“To hear top Democrats tell it,” Jeanne Cummings writes in Politico, “the party is being wildly outgunned this year in the fight for campaign cash as Republicans rely on outside groups to funnel money to GOP contenders.

The “numbers,” however, “tell a different story”:

It’s true that conservative third-party groups are outspending their Democratic rivals. But the Democrats still have a sizable cash advantage in their party committees – making this year’s elections a lot more of a fair fight than Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi let on.

So far, the latest figures show that the Democratic Party machinery has outraised its Republican counterpart in this campaign cycle by almost $270 million.

And even when outside spending on television advertising and direct mail is added to the mix, Republicans still haven’t closed the gap.

And let’s not forget the amount unions, particularly public employee unions are spending on behalf of the Democrats.  The indispensable Micheal Barone reports that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) “will be contributing $87.5 million in this cycle, entirely or almost entirely to Democrats.”  The New York Times also notes the Democrats’ funding advantage, but ignores the extent of their union support.   Over at Redstate, Dan McLaughlin provides a graphic (from the Wall Street Journal) which illustrates what the Times* ignores:

Union Money

“That’s right,” McLaughlin writes, “three of the five largest campaign spenders this year are not business or pro-business groups but unions afffiliated with the Democrats and dominated by public employees.”  Don’t think Joe Biden will be telling us that; doesn’t fit the narrative.

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Bill Clinton Sending Obama a Message in Ocean State?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:36 am - October 27, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

Outgoing D.C. Mayor Adrian “Fenty was one of the first mayors to endorse Obama’s presidential campaign and campaigned in several states on Obama’s behalf“, having announced his support for the then-long shot candidate on July 17, 2007.  Yet, when that reforming Democrat asked the president to return the favor last month as he faced an uphill battle in their party’s primary, the chief executive was silent.

And this week, on a trip to the Ocean State to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the president refused to endorse his party’s gubernatorial nominee Frank Caprio.  “White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reiterated Tuesday that Obama would not be taking a side in the race, citing the president’s ‘relationship and friendship with former Senator [Chafee].’” Chafee, a one-time Republican, endorsed Obama in 2008.

Caprio later told the president to “shove it.”

So, the White House shows deference to one man who backed him (which was the best he could do because he couldn’t endorse an independent running against a Democrat), yet spurns another.  Fenty supported Obama in a contested Democratic contest.  You’d think Obama would back him when he faced a partisan challenger.

Now, Bill Clinton is heading up to the smallest state to campaign for Caprio in a move that Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Maggie Haberman contend, provides “a stark contrast to President Barack Obama’s snub of Caprio earlier this week“.

Wonder if someone else is telling the president to “shove it.”

RELATED: Clinton on the stump: Does he really want Obama and Dems to win? Read the whole thing.