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Obama Democrats’ 2010 Campaign Theme:
Not Hope & Change, but Malign and Vilify

Recall that it was a Democrat who “popularized” the phrase, the “politics of personal destruction”. Yet, it seems he was talking about his own parties’ tactics:

As you watch this year’s ads — and I’ve been watching all too many lately — you’ll notice a striking difference between Democratic and Republican attack ads: Democrats are attacking over personal issues, Republicans are attacking over policy.

And no, my friends, that’s not from a conservative blog.

So, as you watch some on the left whip themselves into a frenzy about the Tea Parties, accusing activists of all manner of evil and animosities, ask yourself this, which side is talking about issues and which is trying to turn the focus to personalities.

Wonder why the Dems are dodging the issues and focusing on personality.

Jerry Brown’s Gonna Try to Raise Our Taxes!?!?!

I thought Jerry Brown might have something up his sleeve when I read (in one of  his many mailers) his promise not to enact any “new taxes unless the voters approve them.”  According to his understudy, recently recalled Governor Gray Davis (Brown’s chief of staff for the better part of his gubernatorial tenure), Brown is planning to do just that.

One of LA’s best (and wittiest) reporters, Jill Stewart, has the details:

Gray Davis, is saying that California Governor Jerry Brown, um,probable governor, will immediately set a Special Election to ask Californians to raise taxes. . . .  which is worse? Another special election. Just shoot us all now.

Or another special election to get us to vote for more taxes. . . .   Is Jerry gonna pull this off?  He’s still running those radio ads (on KNX? on KFI? or is it just everywhere?) saying he opposes new taxes “without voter approval.”

Stewart has the details on how Brown flip-flopped on the “fat hikes on the 2009 ballot”.  The Democrat came around to supporting them, even as Californians overwhelming rejected them.  (Read the whole thing–for your edification and amusement.  Jill is a heckuva good writer.)

Let me repeat that for good measure.  Jerry Brown has been promising in his campaign that he won’t hike taxes without voter approval, yet the last time tax hikes were on the statewide ballot, the career politician hemmed and he hawed, but eventually came out for higher taxes.  The voters said no.

California currently has the third highest taxes in the country — and not coincidentally, the third highest unemployment.  Guess Jerry wants us to be Number One.  (And with Nevada and Michigan, the states ahead of us, set to elect pro-business governors, looks like they won’t be in the running for very long.)

We can remove California from the running by not returnig Jerry Brown to the Governor’s office.

Ma’am, What Have You Done?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:28 am - October 30, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

Whenever we in California turned on the TV and see an ad from the Boxer campaign, we don’t learn anything about what this career politician has done during her 28-year tenure in Washington.  We don’t see her defend her record in the current Congress — or her most recent Senate term.  She doesn’t mention the “approximately 400,000” jobs she, approvingly citing the White House, said the “stimulus” would create or save in California.  She doesn’t talk about the health care overhaul she so proudly supported

Nor does she mention the climate control bill so near and dear to the hearts of her and so many on her fellow partisans.

All we hear is attacks on her opponent Carly Fiorina.  Barbara Boxer’s been in the Senate 18 years and all she can is what she’s always done, deliver “partisan shots.”  In her TV ads, she refuses to defend her record, choosing instead to attack her opponent.

Perhaps, she doesn’t mention that climate bill because she’s the Senator who dropped the ball in moving the legislation through the Senate.  “Although [Boxer] is chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee,” the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle remind us, “it is telling that leadership on the most pressing issue before it – climate change – was shifted to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., because the bill had become so polarized under her wing.” While we Republicans are grateful for her incompetence as the bill would have imposed increased burdens on job-creators, Democrats are flabbergasted that their three-term colleague Barbara Boxer  is incapable of moving legislation  — even in an overwhelmingly Democratic Senate. (more…)