Video: Surprise in California?

posted at 2:15 pm on November 3, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, I predicted that John Garamendi would sail to victory in the special election to replace Ellen Tauscher in California’s 10th Congressional district. Chuck Todd isn’t anywhere near as pessimistic (or sanguine, depending on your perspective) about David Harmer’s chances. Todd predicts Garamendi will win, but only just — a surprising result from a district that went overwhelmingly for Barack Obama last year. Pick it up at about 3:45 if you want to skip to the discussion of CA-10:

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If Harmer comes within single digits of Garamendi in CA-10, it will be a major moral victory for Harmer and the GOP. He has so little name recognition that Garamendi’s campaign mistook him for a completely different David Harmer in one of their campaign commercials, an embarrassing moment for the Democrats. Garamendi, after all, won state-wide elections in California, as insurance commissioner and Lieutenant Governor.

Todd says this district isn’t as liberal as some suspect. Well, elections results speak for themselves:

  • 2008: Obama beats McCain, 64-33
  • 2006: Feinstein wins, 65-30
  • 2004: Boxer wins, 60-36

What about in Congressional races? Ellen Tauscher had no trouble holding the seat:

  • 2008: Tauscher, 65-31
  • 2006: Tauscher, 66-33
  • 2004: Tauscher, 66-34
  • 2002: Tauscher, 75-24

In fact, one has to go all the way back to 2000 to find a margin of victory inside of single digits for Tauscher. California conducted a controversial redistricting effort after that, which made CA-10 a lot more secure for Tauscher, as the election results since showed.

If Harmer somehow wins this seat, which Todd seems to think is possible, then the Democrats have good reason to run scared in 2010, especially the Blue Dogs.


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Wait a minute…I have to go make some more popcorn.

redwhiteblue on November 3, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Let’s not get carried away. Hard to get encouraged from Mr. Todd.

Cindy Munford on November 3, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Raising expectations.

pugwriter on November 3, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Oh, we can hope. :)

Bob's Kid on November 3, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Kolliefoneea deserves its wackjob lefty pols. Screw ‘em.

OhioCoastie on November 3, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Chuck isn’t the best forecaster on the planet.

fogw on November 3, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Democrats to run out for Depend undergarments tonight?

WashJeff on November 3, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Actually a close call would show what idiots the GOP’s hip-hop leadership is. $1M wasted on Dede in NY-23 and nothing for CA. Well played!

simplesimon on November 3, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Chuck isn’t the best forecaster on the planet.

fogw on November 3, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Duh!!! Al Gore is!

WashJeff on November 3, 2009 at 2:21 PM

While I’d love to see CA-10 go R, I can’t see anything closer than a 5 point win for Garamendi.

Then again anything single-digit is at least a moral victory.

Paradol Ex on November 3, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Well, if there is a GOP win, I want to see a screen shot of Barbara Boxer’s face when she finds out. Scary, but satisfying.

Catherine Wilkinson on November 3, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Axlerod. Pucker.

Key West Reader on November 3, 2009 at 2:23 PM

eh, it would be nice but I’ll believe it when I see it

Doctor Zhivago on November 3, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Garamendi is life-long political hack who has never had a real job in his life. He has blatantly carpetbagged his way into running for this spot. Hopefully, the voters in this area will be looking for better than what he wants people to think he can offer them.

sgtstogie on November 3, 2009 at 2:24 PM

The only reason why it could be close is that it literally has become an economic gulag here now- total collapse due largely in part to 30 years of liberal policies.
The Bay Bridge closes for almost a week and nothing happens- what does that tell you about the state of private business’ here?
The problem is that many of the people that would vote for change, have- with their feet.

jjshaka on November 3, 2009 at 2:25 PM

As Allahpundit would put it: Too good to check!

As a Californian, we despair of both parties and the politicos. However, if Harmer pulls out a miracle in CA-10, I will recognize it as such and put a few extra dollars into the church building fund tomorrow. A CA-10 GOP victory would be the shock heard ’round the world (or at least to Washington TC).

Wait a minute…I have to go make some more popcorn.

Do you have some to share. :)

Mutnodjmet on November 3, 2009 at 2:25 PM

California conducted a controversial redistricting effort after that, which made CA-10 a lot more secure for Tauscher, as the election results since showed.

In my opinion this is one of the biggest problems in Washington.

sammypants on November 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Actually a close call would show what idiots the GOP’s hip-hop leadership is. $1M wasted on Dede in NY-23 and nothing for CA. Well played!

simplesimon on November 3, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Although you are trying to be a smartass, you are 100% correct about the GOP leadership, something the majority of the posters here will agree about. However, you are just a fool to think that a slim win for the D in CA would do anything but show how people are begining to think the liberal leadership is inept.

uknowmorethanme on November 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM

That chick on the Kingory ad is super hot.

Alden Pyle on November 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Too much to ask.

mankai on November 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Kolliefoneea deserves its wackjob lefty pols. Screw ‘em.

OhioCoastie on November 3, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Yeah, but the entire nation doesn’t. Example: Pelosi, Waters, Boxer, etc.

Dominion on November 3, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Maybe if we had known more about this race, we could have contributed more. As it is, this is the first time I’ve heard about it.

Next year – no race is too small not to mention!

Orange Doorhinge on November 3, 2009 at 2:28 PM

I’m hoping Chuck DeVore will bounce Boxer. He’s been ahead of her in a recent poll- shocking!
If the GOP goes for Carly Fiorina instead we may see a repeat of NY-23.

NTWR on November 3, 2009 at 2:29 PM

from fogw’s link above, goes well with that ziegler headline:

Historically, when incumbents lose big, they do so for sound reasons: The public sees their policies as not working–or worse yet, as failures. That’s certainly increasingly true of Bush Obama today. From the chaos in Iraq Afghanistan to an uncomfortably soft economic recovery to the passage of an unpopular Medicare Obamacare bill, the White House is having a harder and harder time putting a positive spin on the effects of the president’s decisions.

fixed it up a little bit. of course, bush ended up getting reelected but eh one can hope, so to speak.

hump1201 on November 3, 2009 at 2:29 PM

It is important to remember that a main part of the changing strength of Tauscher in this district is not due to her popularity ,but more due to the gerrymandering of the district after she was having such close races in the past.

Even a close run will show that perhaps the Ca voters are starting to realize the harm of near dominance by one party in both their local and federal offices do have outcomes.

CommentGuy on November 3, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Typical Todd mumbo jumbo. In his quest to sound objective, he settles for incoherent.

The context of the conversation was how dumb the Republican Party is, so anything that advances this claim is what lead to Todd’s chitter-chatter.

EMD on November 3, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Kolliefoneea deserves its wackjob lefty pols. Screw ‘em.

OhioCoastie on November 3, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Yeah! What a burn! You totally burned us! Baffling that Reagan came from here, isn’t it?

John the Libertarian on November 3, 2009 at 2:30 PM

2008: Obama beats McCain, 64-33
2006: Feinstein wins, 65-30
2004: Boxer wins, 60-36
2008: Tauscher, 65-31
2006: Tauscher, 66-33
2004: Tauscher, 66-34
2002: Tauscher, 75-24

Why, it’s a veritable swing district, Chuck! You effing clown.

Jaibones on November 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Garamendi is life-long political hack who has never had a real job in his life.

So you’re saying he could be our next president?

NoDonkey on November 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Feasting on barbecued RINO.

Jerricho68 on November 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Todd is just lowering expectations for Garamendi so that when he wins in double digits he’ll come back and say “Yeah, the east coast was a sweep but Democrats overperformed in the West Coast.” He’s such a weasel.

dforston on November 3, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Actually a close call would show what idiots the GOP’s hip-hop leadership is. $1M wasted on Dede in NY-23 and nothing for CA. Well played!

simplesimon on November 3, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Holy crap, I actually agree with you.

***face palm***

Knucklehead on November 3, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Actually a close call would show what idiots the GOP’s hip-hop leadership is. $1M wasted on Dede in NY-23 and nothing for CA. Well played!

simplesimon on November 3, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Holy cr@p, I agree with simplesimon.

Firefly_76 on November 3, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Another liberal toilet electing turds to run and represent their state. Too bad that Detroit and Massachusetts can be picked up and dropped off on the west coast; be nice to group the failures in one region.

Bishop on November 3, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Knucklehead on November 3, 2009 at 2:32 PM

great minds … too funny.

Firefly_76 on November 3, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Baffling that Reagan came from here, isn’t it?

John the Libertarian on November 3, 2009 at 2:30 PM

…and what? California’s been scourging itself in penance ever since?

ElectricPhase on November 3, 2009 at 2:33 PM

WAIT, I agree with Chuck Todd on something? He is right, why the hell didn’t the Republican Party throw money at this race? We had a chance at a pick up in a liberal district and did nothing? Have any grassroots supported the Republican at least? Hot Air made a quick mention a couple weeks ago but damn, talk about a missed opportunity if the Dem only wins with 52 or 53% of the vote.

The RNC leadership truly is clueless.

I am a full believer in Chuck DeVore right now!

Daemonocracy on November 3, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Holy crap, I actually agree with you.
***face palm***
Knucklehead on November 3, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Don’t sweat it too hard. Simon once opined that he should be kept 500 yards away from elementary schools and I agreed with him too. It can happen to the best of us.

Bishop on November 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Even a close run will show that perhaps the Ca voters are starting to realize the harm of near dominance by one party in both their local and federal offices do have outcomes.

CommentGuy on November 3, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Too many lefties vote by vice… they have no idea how economies work, nor do they care… they just want government to sanction their “lifestyle choices” whatever they may be. Your a Communist and you’ll destroy the free market and the Constitution? That’s all well and good… but will tell its OK to [fill-in the lifestyle of your choice].

Try and have a reasonable economic discussion with a Lefty… I dare you.

The only exception to the vice rule is the ignorant “unicorns and peace” voter who wants the government to be “compassionate” so he/she doesn’t have to be.

mankai on November 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Is that a Corzine/Obama Ad running on this thread?

Ed do you have any control over that?

Russ

russcote on November 3, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Does Todd realize that the rebellion is NY-23 was sparked by the lack of input from the base? Had they held a primary or even a caucus Scozzofava never runs as a Republican.

Theworldisnotenough on November 3, 2009 at 2:36 PM

excuse the typos as usual… You’re no Your… “will you tell me it’s OK to…?”

mankai on November 3, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Why, it’s a veritable swing district, Chuck! You effing clown.

Jaibones on November 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Laughing out loud at work.

Cindy Munford on November 3, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Is that a Corzine/Obama Ad running on this thread?

Ed do you have any control over that?

Russ

russcote on November 3, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Do you visit democrat or liberal sites? They may be putting cookies on your computer; thus, determining the ads you see.

Now to figure out why I get ads for adult bookstores in WI.

WashJeff on November 3, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Do you visit democrat or liberal sites? They may be putting cookies on your computer; thus, determining the ads you see.

Now to figure out why I get ads for adult bookstores in WI.

WashJeff on November 3, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Sure, occasionally, and usually if I follow a link from Allah. But I mean the ad directly under Ed’s post above. You think my computer determines the ad that runs on HotAir?

Hmmm….

Russ

russcote on November 3, 2009 at 2:42 PM

I’ve trumpeting this race as the sleeper race for about a week now!

SouthernGent on November 3, 2009 at 2:43 PM

It’s going to be an interesting evening tonight… The popcorn ready.

bbordwell on November 3, 2009 at 2:44 PM

LOL, Huffington is such an IDIOT. She just finished hearing Scarborough and Todd laugh about $1 million wasted on a liberal Republican when they had a shot at stealing a seat in a reliably liberal California district and the first thing out of that hole in her mouth is about the “Republican Fringe” and Rush Limbaugh. What you call a “Fringe” is actually a massive voting bloc which is proving the legitimacy of Consrvatism.

Rush Limbaugh would win a national head to head election against Huffington by a landslide, yet he’s the Fringe? What a ding-bat.

Daemonocracy on November 3, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Democrats to run out for of Depend undergarments tonight?

WashJeff on November 3, 2009 at 2:21 PM

FIFY. I like this preposition better.

Fallen Sparrow on November 3, 2009 at 2:45 PM

LOL, Huffington is such an IDIOT. She just finished hearing Scarborough and Todd laugh about $1 million wasted on a liberal Republican when they had a shot at stealing a seat in a reliably liberal California district and the first thing out of that hole in her mouth is about the “Republican Fringe” and Rush Limbaugh.

Daemonocracy on November 3, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Hmmm….Is Simplesimon parroting the wonderful Huffington? Stay tuned race fans!

NathanG on November 3, 2009 at 2:46 PM

You think my computer determines the ad that runs on HotAir?

russcote on November 3, 2009 at 2:42 PM

I am pretty sure that’s how these ad server’s work. Or, they check your IP address upon submission and record a history of searches for the IP address to serve ads that are “targeted.”

So, you have outed yourself as a lib. ;-)

WashJeff on November 3, 2009 at 2:47 PM

I live in California and know (slightly) Garamendi (a total empty suit, by the way), and wasn’t even aware that there was a viable Republican contender in this race. Way to go, RNC!

LASue on November 3, 2009 at 2:47 PM

they just want government to sanction their “lifestyle choices” whatever they may be. Your a Communist and you’ll destroy the free market and the Constitution? That’s all well and good… but will tell its OK to [fill-in the lifestyle of your choice].

Try and have a reasonable economic discussion with a Lefty… I dare you.

mankai on November 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

You could be describing a lot of social-cons that I have tried to have discussions with.

MarkTheGreat on November 3, 2009 at 2:49 PM

I’ve never had much luck with moral victories.

faraway on November 3, 2009 at 2:50 PM

mankai on November 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Darth Executor even declared that he would support a fiscal liberal (socialist in most books) as long as the liberal was right on abortion.

MarkTheGreat on November 3, 2009 at 2:50 PM

I still say Harmer is a long shot. Would be nice for a grand slam though. (VA,NJ,NY23,CA10)

clement on November 3, 2009 at 2:51 PM

I am pretty sure that’s how these ad server’s work. Or, they check your IP address upon submission and record a history of searches for the IP address to serve ads that are “targeted.”

So, you have outed yourself as a lib. ;-)

WashJeff on November 3, 2009 at 2:47 PM

See that, you do learn something new everyday.

And my searches for “Obama” and “Corzine” usually include the words “jackass” and “liar”, so I guess somebody just needs to get to work on producing that Ad.

Thanks WJ.

Russ

russcote on November 3, 2009 at 2:52 PM

SouthernGent on November 3, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Needless to say I’d believe you before Chuch Todd, but I do remember you writing about it earlier. I hope you are right.

Cindy Munford on November 3, 2009 at 2:53 PM

WashJeff on November 3, 2009 at 2:38 PM

I keep getting “Obama asks moms to return to school” ads. I’m neither a mom (or a woman mind you) and Obama hasn’t asked me to do anything except get out of the way and mop up my right-wing messes!!!

FontanaConservative on November 3, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Do you think after today we won’t have to see DeDe in pink any longer?

Cindy Munford on November 3, 2009 at 3:04 PM

2008: Obama beats McCain, 64-33
2006: Feinstein wins, 65-30
2004: Boxer wins, 60-36
2008: Tauscher, 65-31
2006: Tauscher, 66-33
2004: Tauscher, 66-34
2002: Tauscher, 75-24

Since this district was re-districted after 2000 to become much more Democratic, we can only use 2002-2008 figures for historical data.

The average Democratic vote margin has been 36%, and it has never been below 30%.

If the GOP candidate gets even within 20%, it would be huge imho.

Norwegian on November 3, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Didn’t Garamendi get booted from the Insurance Commish gig for being an incompetent jerk? Seems I remember something like that back in the early 90′s…

Oh yeah -

Examiner blasts Garamendi over seizure of First Capital: report also cites faux pas by KPMG Peat Marwick.

mojo on November 3, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Leave KPMG alone.

faraway on November 3, 2009 at 3:13 PM

so any hope of getting rid of radical extremist Barbara Lee?

mooseburger on November 3, 2009 at 3:15 PM

2008: Tauscher, 65-31

I am not sure how ‘real’ this number actually is. On the ballot, Tausher was the ONLY choice! Unless 31% wrote in a vote, then they just did not vote at all. And that sums up how bad the Republican party really is out here.

Freddy on November 3, 2009 at 3:16 PM

mankai on November 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Darth Executor even declared that he would support a fiscal liberal (socialist in most books) as long as the liberal was right on abortion.

MarkTheGreat on November 3, 2009 at 2:50 PM

It’s what the Founders envisioned.

/s

mankai on November 3, 2009 at 3:21 PM

mojo on November 3, 2009 at 3:05 PM

A bigger problem, which haunted Garamendi for years and also took place in the early 90′s, was Garamendi’s seizure of Executive Life and subsequent sale of its junk bonds to Milken-protege Leon Black.

LASue on November 3, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Even Gore pulled out that district on 2000. I will never understand how that district go Dim. It is generally upper middle to upper class with Antioch and a few lower middle class towns but overall it should go conservative.

I am convinced it is the full tilt liberal Bay Area media that has saturated the minds of the sheeple there for decades that drives this disconnect.

FireBlogger on November 3, 2009 at 3:26 PM

You think my computer determines the ad that runs on HotAir?

russcote on November 3, 2009 at 2:42 PM
I am pretty sure that’s how these ad server’s work. Or, they check your IP address upon submission and record a history of searches for the IP address to serve ads that are “targeted.”

So, you have outed yourself as a lib. ;-)

WashJeff on November 3, 2009 at 2:47 PM

I got spooked this weekend when I saw an ad for American Girl AND AT&T on the same Hotair page just after I did my christmas shopping for my grand nieces and checked my AT&T account. My nephew gave me the link to adblock.

I really don’t mind ads on websites. I want them to make money, but I really don’t like TARGETED ads based on cookies in my computer. That is just too 1984 for my comfort level.

Now I don’t see the HotAir ads. I would donate to hotair to help out with the revenues if they put up a paypal link.

karenhasfreedom on November 3, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Actually a close call would show what idiots the GOP’s hip-hop leadership is. $1M wasted on Dede in NY-23 and nothing for CA. Well played!

simplesimon on November 3, 2009 at 2:21 PM

There is a first for everything–You actually make sense (even if you’re parroting HuffPo) and I agree with you. Wow.

Today’s craziness knows no bounds.

conservative pilgrim on November 3, 2009 at 3:34 PM

I heard Harmer on the Levin show last week.

He is EXTREMELY well spoken, and deeply conservative.

If anybody deserved RNC money, it was him.

He could be a major political star.

notagool on November 3, 2009 at 3:36 PM

WashJeff on November 3, 2009 at 2:38 PM
I keep getting “Obama asks moms to return to school” ads. I’m neither a mom (or a woman mind you) and Obama hasn’t asked me to do anything except get out of the way and mop up my right-wing messes!!!

FontanaConservative on November 3, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Well I checked my ad. It is for an extra long plumber shirt that doesn’t come untucked when working. I’m not kidding. I am neither a man nor a plumber. I wonder if someone thinks my shirts should be longer….

Actually it probably is cookie driven. I down loaded a pattern for a “modest prom dress” yesterday to make my daughter a costume for the school play.

But really plumber shirts?

petunia on November 3, 2009 at 3:53 PM

The problem is that many of the people that would vote for change, have- with their feet.

That is true. An assemblyman did a fact-finding mission to Nevada to talk to ex-California business owners. All of the indicated over-regulation did them in.

Mutnodjmet on November 3, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Isn’t Scozzafava exactly the kind of Republican Scarborough thinks should represent the NE?

jpmn on November 3, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Todd is a propagandist…

d1carter on November 3, 2009 at 4:12 PM

I am not finding anything in the local media AT ALL about the election in CA-10. It is as if they are trying to hide the fact that an election is even happening.

crosspatch on November 3, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Wow, people are really moving that goalpost back to say losing by single digits is a “Moral Victory”. Does it need to be pointed out that those previously mentioned congressional results were from when Tauscher was a well established incumbent of a decade or so? The reason the district voted at the Representative level for Dems by such wide margins for the past decade plus is because she was the only Dem in that time frame. When she first won and her first re-election came, it was by a very slim margin of victory.

As a matter of fact, all the way through the 2000 campaign her wins were in the single digits. I mean hell, the year before she beat Baker (The incumbent in the 96 race she won the seat in), he won the previous campaign in ’94 by 20 points.

Typhonsentra on November 3, 2009 at 4:59 PM

A single digit loss in CA-10 *IS* a moral victory in a district that literally touches Berkeley, California!

crosspatch on November 3, 2009 at 5:06 PM

And CA-10 is really gerrymandered, it goes from near Berkeley all the way to near Sacramento. Here is a map of CA-10. You don’t get any more liberal than the areas outside Berkeley and Oakland.

crosspatch on November 3, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Garamendi is life-long political hack who has never had a real job in his life. He has blatantly carpetbagged his way into running for this spot. Hopefully, the voters in this area will be looking for better than what he wants people to think he can offer them.

sgtstogie on November 3, 2009 at 2:24 PM

I struggle to shy away from invective, but Garamendi is a tool.

He’s also co-opted the title of one of our Governor’s many fine motion pictures:
John Garamendi IS The Running Man.

Always running for something.

juanito on November 3, 2009 at 5:09 PM

NoDonkey on November 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Thread winner so far!

lovingmyUSA on November 3, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Actually a close call would show what idiots the GOP’s hip-hop leadership is. $1M wasted on Dede in NY-23 and nothing for CA. Well played!

simplesimon on November 3, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Holy crap, I actually agree with you.

***face palm***

Knucklehead on November 3, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Holy cr@p, I agree with simplesimon.

Firefly_76 on November 3, 2009 at 2:32 PM

My God, THIS is why I drink! I agree with simplesemen! *And the hole in the wall beside my computer just got bigger…*

lovingmyUSA on November 3, 2009 at 5:46 PM

I almost hope garramendi wins, just to get him out of the state. He’s not term limited, just ego-centric and pushy.

TimothyJ on November 3, 2009 at 5:49 PM

“TimothyJ on November 3, 2009 at 5:49 PM”

The seat comes up for re-election next year anyway so no matter who wins, it is a one-year tour.

crosspatch on November 3, 2009 at 5:53 PM

IF YOU HAVEN’T VOTED IN THIS DISTRICT – VOTE FOR HARMER!!!!

Bambi on November 3, 2009 at 6:43 PM

“in District 10, Democrats outnumber Republicans 47 percent to 29 percent.”

From the Danville Express, Danville, California.

crosspatch on November 3, 2009 at 6:49 PM

California is a bedroom community for San Francisco and for a bunch of state employees at places like Vacaville and Soledad state prison. If Garamendi wins by less than 5% within such a built in Democrat crowd the blue dogs and the socialists will both note well. More blue dogs will stand up to Pelosi.

snaggletoothie on November 3, 2009 at 6:56 PM

WAIT! You mean there’s hope that this purple state may not being going blue as fast as we all thought? s/off

There’s not much hope for us still here keeping it purple, I’m afraid. SF and LA has too many lemmings willing to vote for the ‘cool’ candidate (see ‘November 2008′). But if we can knock off a few of the idiots and keep them on their toes, maybe I’ll stick around for a few more years…

Biffstir on November 3, 2009 at 10:45 PM

Well, my dear fellow citizens of California (San Francisco crowd, of course) still can’t reject the career politicians who have bled this state dry.

Garamendi wins by 10.3%

Still, closer than usual. Fight on!

Jimmy Doolittle on November 4, 2009 at 4:45 PM