Republican wins San Diego mayoral special election

posted at 10:41 am on February 12, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

As my good friend Andrew Malcolm wrote when he sent me the link to this story, “Wouldn’t that be a nice trend to write about?” Indeed it would, but I’ll settle for this surprise (and rare) victory for California Republicans in San Diego, where the GOP won a special mayoral election in the wake of Democratic scandal:

Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer has defeated Democratic Councilman David Alvarez, 54.5% to 45.5%, to become the city’s next mayor, according to unofficial results tallied by the county registrar of voters.

The tally includes all absentee votes and votes from all 582 precincts. Unofficial turnout for the special election was 37%.

That’s a big turnout for a special election in a municipal race, which means that the usual caveats about odd turnout models probably don’t apply. The decisive margin of victory might come as a surprise, too, especially against a young Democrat considered an up-and-comer in the party.

He’ll get to fill out the final 33 months of the term won initially by former Democratic Rep. Bob Filner, who resigned in disgrace after a string of sexual harassment allegations were made public. The ex-mayor is now serving a home-detention sentence for criminal abuse convictions. Filner left the city in a mess from a management point of view as well, which means Faulconer has his work cut out for him.

Will this be a trend? Actually, San Diego had been a Republican-leaning municipality before Filner; seven of the previous ten mayors had been Republican. The question will be whether Filner turns out to be a hiccup on Democratic progress in gaining control of the city, or a hiccup in the traditional trust San Diego voters put in the GOP. It would be nice if Republicans were even this competitive in other major urban centers, but perhaps Faulconer can set an example that will boost those chances in the future.


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gophergirl on February 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Not a done deal yet…what about the ballots in the trunks of cars???…

PatriotRider on February 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM

The tagline says the long municipal nightmare is finally over… how do we know the winner isn’t just a big government loving RINO?

tcufrog on February 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Just think, if this guy is competent, it might start a trend.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

San Diego was a bastion of conservatives when I first moved there in the early eighties. The lesbians have taken over…

OmahaConservative on February 12, 2014 at 10:44 AM

But if he accidentally takes a paper clip home, it will be the worst scandal since Chris Christie.

rbj on February 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Unions pumped in 4.2 million…and still lost…

PatriotRider on February 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

How did “Republicans” win it? Faulconer repeatedly called himself an Independent and disassociated himself from the GOP.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Meh. The seat was Republican before Filner. And it’s not like some exemplar of conservative ideals. You get me a string of Republicans winning in leftist bastions, and then I might pay attention.

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Filner makes my skin crawl, he looks like a vampire from “30 Days of Night”.

http://media.theiapolis.com/d4/hT4/i1W36/k4/l1WOC/w1HA/30-days-of-night.jpg

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

The tagline says the long municipal nightmare is finally over… how do we know the winner isn’t just a big government loving RINO?

tcufrog on February 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM

He is a RINO.

sentinelrules on February 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

What’s the city council situation? Is this Republican going to actually be able to do anything?

And, well… it’s a ‘Republican’ – let’s not presume nor take for granted what that might mean in terms of actual performance or improvement.

Midas on February 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Conservative Independents like my BIL Don voted for Faulconer.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Excellent! Let the tide begin….

I don’t watch MSNBC, but did Maddow have a weeks long analysis of Filners’s exploits and his war on women?

HughJass on February 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Hmm, 9%. Almost outside the Democrat margin of cheating.

Dongemaharu on February 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Obama won San Diego 63/37 in the last election…are the sheep waking up???…

PatriotRider on February 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

This is not a rare victory for Republicans in San Diego (assuming arguendo that it is a Republican victory). WTF are you talking about?!?

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Hot Air is going crazy today.

“Conservative Independents like my BIL Don voted for Faulconer.”

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Only a RINO republican.

ConstantineXI on February 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM

How did “Republicans” win it? Faulconer repeatedly called himself an Independent and disassociated himself from the GOP.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM

As far as I’m concerned, anybody the left doesn’t support is the GOP.

The left lost San Diego. That’s all I need to know.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

He is a RINO.

sentinelrules on February 12, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Then why praise this result? A big government RINO is a big government RINO. This result shouldn’t be praised if the winner is just going to advance a big government statist agenda.

Just because he has an R next to his name doesn’t mean anything

tcufrog on February 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM

The opposite. It will likely be an Independent blip on the road to continuous Democrat control.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Whatever gets you through the night, sweetie.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Obama won San Diego 63/37 in the last election…are the sheep waking up???…

PatriotRider on February 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The opposite. It will likely be an Independent blip on the road to continuous Democrat control. Filner’s victory in the first place told us that. And Obama winning San Diego county – that was shocking – to me at least.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

GAH

Need a warning before glimpsing that Filner picture. And now a shower.

Good Lt on February 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The opposite. It will likely be an Independent blip on the road to continuous Democrat control. Filner’s victory in the first place told us that. And Obama winning San Diego county – that was shocking – to me at least.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Well, now you’re just being monotonous.

Classic.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Now I would like to see how they crashed the get out the vote machine. If they say it is because this guys is a moderate, I’m not buying. Why would that keep the Left home?

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Faulconer positioned himself to the right of Democrats and the GOP establishment on illegal aliens. He is only for legalization after the border is secured. He voted no on a city council resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship.

http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/03/20/council-committee-backs-immigration-resolution-on-party-line-vote/#axzz2t6y9aBTX

Wigglesworth on February 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Faulconer’s entire campaign seemed to be: vote for me, the other guy is only 33 years old. Hard to argue that the election was a GOP mandate.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

The picture just above where the posts start is most appropriate. Makes him look like a peeping tom looking thru your window.

msupertas on February 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

It would be nice if Republicans were even this competitive in other major urban centers, but perhaps Faulconer can set an example that will boost those chances in the future.

That San Diego even has a Republican councilman shows that it is not like other major urban centers.

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Faulconer’s entire campaign seemed to be: vote for me, the other guy is only 33 years old. Hard to argue that the election was a GOP mandate.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

He won.

Deal with it.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Let’s take our victories as we can. The left must have been asleep at the ballot-stuffing wheel this time. Faulconer will have to be God-like to be successful in that Dem Hell. Let the leftie machine of personal destruction begin…

vnvet on February 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Then why praise this result? A big government RINO is a big government RINO. This result shouldn’t be praised if the winner is just going to advance a big government statist agenda.

Just because he has an R next to his name doesn’t mean anything

tcufrog on February 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM

I’m not praising him, but HotAir is and the rest of the RNC.

Basically, it’s the opening salvo in the 2014 election season and Republicans are crowing about any victory.

A victory to slam the unions that spent $4.2 million on advertising, way more than Faulconer spent.

Also, a slam against Obama, who endorsed Alvaraz on Monday.

sentinelrules on February 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

He won.

Deal with it.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Yes he did. Stop reading nonsense into it.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Yes he did. Stop reading nonsense into it.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Link please, or otherwise, go sell your delusions elsewhere.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

I’m not praising him, but HotAir is and the rest of the RNC.

Basically, it’s the opening salvo in the 2014 election season and Republicans are crowing about any victory.

A victory to slam the unions that spent $4.2 million on advertising, way more than Faulconer spent.

Also, a slam against Obama, who endorsed Alvaraz on Monday.

sentinelrules on February 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

At this point a Republican winning isn’t going to get me excited.

At this point a Democrat losing to a Republican isn’t going to get me excited.

The only thing worth praising as a limited government conservative who fights against statism and big government winning is the only thing that should be praised. If that is not the case, it is a loss

tcufrog on February 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Also, a slam against Obama, who endorsed Alvaraz on Monday.

sentinelrules on February 12, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Yes. That is the best part of this victory. I read an article in WaPo about how this election would be close, and provided Obama’s endorsement as evidence of the close race. They said that he wouldn’t endorse someone in a blowout. I thought – he does that all the time! What are they talking about?! Great to see our betters at WaPo with egg on their faces.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Link please, or otherwise, go sell your delusions elsewhere.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Link to what?!?

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Hmm, 9%. Almost outside the Democrat margin of cheating.

Dongemaharu on February 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Yep.

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Kevin Faulconer is basically a Democrat in republican clothing. Pro abortion, pro Amnesty, anti-2nd amendment tax and spend. the only reason he won, is because Filner put a bad taste in San Diegans mouths concerning Democrats.

oscarwilde on February 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Yes he did. Stop reading nonsense into it.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Look, if all the right is going to do is continue fighting each other over street cred, then we’re indeed screwed.

That’s all I’m saying.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I think any it’s an extreme stretch of the imagination to speculate as to whether the GOP could fulcrum Kevin Faulconer’s victory into any future success in either the liberal bastion of California, or in most other liberal-controlled big cities throughout the U.S. I just don’t see any impetus for momentum there. Still, a victory is a victory, and we’ll take it.

Bob Davis on February 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Link to what?!?

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Link to anything I’ve said that can be construed as “reading nonsense into it.”

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Good

cmsinaz on February 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM

When you can’t tell the D’s from the R’s by their positions on issues, elections often come down to who is closer to the last big scandal. Alverez got the short end of the stick on this one.

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:07 AM

As far as I’m concerned, anybody the left doesn’t support is the GOP.

The left lost San Diego. That’s all I need to know.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Enjoy your comments generally so far. Why the heavy aggression on this thread?

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Hmm, 9%. Almost outside the Democrat margin of cheating.

Dongemaharu on February 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

How do you come up with that statistic? A ratio of just how many votes can be potentially “found” in a trunk of a standard size vehicle, maybe?

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Guess the illegals and the dead sat this one out.

Kennyraisin on February 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Bert Parks has aged badly.

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Enjoy your comments generally so far. Why the heavy aggression on this thread?

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

He’s just wishcasting this as a big GOP victory.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Nothing is going to change in California. They haven’t hit bottom, yet.

trigon on February 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Enjoy your comments generally so far. Why the heavy aggression on this thread?

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Because I see us doing what we always do…

Complaining about a candidate not being conservative enough, when we have an administration that has weaponized government, and a media apparatus that has decided that that’s just peachy.

And here we are, arguing about who should get to stand in formation with us.

Eh, just ignore me. I ran out of smokes last night, so take that for what it’s worth.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM

He’s just wishcasting this as a big GOP victory.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

No, what I’m wishcasting isn’t appropriate for a family audience.

At least try to read what I write.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Look, if all the right is going to do is continue fighting each other over street cred, then we’re indeed screwed.

That’s all I’m saying.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Street cred? What?

Look, a Republican in flyover country has almost nothing in common with a Republican who can win a mayoral race in San Diego. Most of the Democrats that the flyover country Republican has voted against are more conservative than the San Diego Republican.

That is a gross generalization, but it sums up the situation pretty well nonetheless.

Don’t expect conservatives to cheer when leftist progressives are elected. Regardless. Of. Party.

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I’m not in San Diego so I’ll bow to your better knowledge but that hardly seems like an argument that would keep the Left’s voters home. It actually seems like something that would bring them out.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

It’s funny how those on the conservative side of things have split into two camps: those who instinctively and immediately cheer any Republican victory, and those who don’t. For a long time I was in the first camp, for the obvious reasons. We live in a two-party system, and a Republican victory meant that the Democrat, which is to say, these days, socialist, lost. I considered it an at least incremental victory for freedom. Lately I have found myself slipping into the second camp, however, since I’m not so sure it necessarily is anymore. I suppose it is better to lose freedom slowly, rather than quickly, but that’s pretty weak broth for one who actually appreciates what a beacon of freedom this country has been.

SacredFire on February 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM

OT: Speaker Boehner Sings Uncle Remus Song After Announcing Debt Ceiling Deal

Republicans must remove him before the end of the week. He’s a laughingstock that’s threatening the party’s and the country’s future.

joekenha on February 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Ok.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Hmm, 9%. Almost outside the Democrat margin of cheating.

Dongemaharu on February 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

If Alvarez demands a recount, it’s over.

msupertas on February 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Eh, just ignore me. I ran out of smokes last night, so take that for what it’s worth.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I have a friend out there that does pretty high end special effects. I don’t think the pressure has incited him to start smoking yet. Maybe just give them up? :-)

Besser and you are both Conservatives. Same goals. Just saying.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM

It actually seems like something that would bring them out.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Yeah. I’m surprised as you are that it worked. I’m thinking residual disgust with Filner hurt him maybe? Who knows.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:22 AM

SacredFire on February 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM

you’re in sync with the majority here

DanMan on February 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM

How do you come up with that statistic? A ratio of just how many votes can be potentially “found” in a trunk of a standard size vehicle, maybe?

Happy Nomad on February 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

You take the square root of the number of districts that voted 100% Obama in 2012, then add the number of 2011-2012 reports of malfunctioning voting machines. Then you multiply by the number of “investigative” reports that reveal requiring voter ID results in voter intimidation and subtract any instances of actual voter intimidation by armed Black Panther members. And voila! There’s your statistic!

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Any time the unions spend millions and lose is a win, leaving them with less to spend elsewhere.

xNavigator on February 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Ok.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Ok.

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Besser and you are both Conservatives. Same goals. Just saying.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM

I know.

I just sometimes envy the discipline the collectivists seem to posses.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

He’s just wishcasting this as a big GOP victory.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I dunno. He sounds like I feel. I’ll take one where we can get one. If Faulconer ends up to the left of Scott Brown. At least we didn’t stop trying.

My brother Don is an Independent. He voted for obama both times. Now he’s voted for Faulconer. Claims he feels like the obama vote was stupid now. If Don is any indication, there are signs that this could turn. I don’t think it’s the time to put a damper on it. Let’s maybe just try to deal with them one by one.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM

LOL

msupertas on February 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Not to rain on the parade, but from what I heard Faulconer basically ran as a Democrat.

HillAREwe on February 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Ok.

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I apologize. That was rude.

My yearning for a unifying Republican is equaled only, perhaps, by the Orthodox Jews in their wait for the Moshiach.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

At least try to read what I write.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Yeah. I did. And I get where you’re coming from. But Faulconer’s campaign really irritated me. I guess we’ll see how he does in there. Hopefully Alvarez’s campaign was right about him – Alvarez’s campaign did more to motivate me to support Faulconer than Faulconer’s did!!

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Cubbies fans. Maybe as good an analogy?

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:29 AM

I suppose it is better to lose freedom slowly, rather than quickly, but that’s pretty weak broth for one who actually appreciates what a beacon of freedom this country has been.

SacredFire on February 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM

I’m tracking with you until this point. Remember the metaphor of the frog in the pot of water. If you turn up the heat slowly, the poor thing doesn’t realize what is happening and perishes. If you turn the heat up quickly, the critter will be scalded and jump out of the pot.

If progressives become too bold and change things too quickly, America as we have known and loved her may have a chance.

That being said, I still refuse to vote for a progressive of any stripe. If you can’t vote for the “R,” then vote for a third party or write-in.

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM

The question will be whether Filner turns out to be a hiccup on Democratic progress in gaining control of the city, or a hiccup in the traditional trust San Diego voters put in the GOP. It would be nice if Republicans were even this competitive in other major urban centers, but perhaps Faulconer can set an example that will boost those chances in the future.

In big cities with strong mayor positions (i.e. – no city manager doing day-to-day operations), and elect their mayors in partisan elections, you currently have three levels in play.

San Diego and a few other big cities are among those where Republicans have always been competitive. New York is where Democrats normally dominate and the city will elect far left loons (see the current occupant of City Hall), but where the party doesn’t have a lock on government. So when they screw things up and have no Republicans at the state or national level to blame their problems on, will elect a Republican like Giuliani to fix things, before going back to their normal voting patterns.

The third level is the Detroit-Chicago-San Francisco-Washington one, where no amount of Democratic Party incompetence or corruption will keep the city’s voters from electing another Democrat as mayor. Those, as you’ll note, also are the big cities that suffer from the most quality-of-life problems, because the Democrats in charge know there’s nothing bad they can do that will get them thrown out of office, so there’s no incentive to reform until you end up in a bankruptcy situation like Detroit.

We’ll have to see if San Diego is going to remain as one of those Level 1 cities, where Republicans are always competitive, or fall down to Level 2 like New York — where you need a mayor as corrupt and inept as Bob Filner while Democrats control the White House, half of Congress and all the top offices in Sacramento — for voters to give the GOP a chance. The scary part nationally is voting trends for the White House and Congress seem to be moving from Level 1 to Level 2, where conservatives only get their chance from a plurality of voters when the Democrats have mucked things up beyond repair (and if you’re the Dems, Valhalla is the nation at Level 3, where nothing they do causes a majority of voters to want to throw them out of office).

jon1979 on February 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:29 AM

And I apologize to you, in particular, Besser.

As I said, I’m sick to death of having to try to make lemonade out of yellow snow, only to realize that my faith was misplaced.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I dunno. He sounds like I feel. I’ll take one where we can get one. If Faulconer ends up to the left of Scott Brown. At least we didn’t stop trying.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM

You’re right, big picture. Easier to miss the forest for the trees when you’re standing in the middle of the forest, I guess.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Cubbies fans. Maybe as good an analogy?

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Funny you should mention that, given that I am, indeed, a die-hard Cub fan, and former long-time denizen of the left field bleachers.

Oy gevelt.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Not to rain on the parade, but from what I heard Faulconer basically ran as a Democrat.

HillAREwe on February 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

lol, What thread were you reading, Einstein?

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM

lol, What thread were you reading, Einstein?

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM

No sh*t, right?

I thought I was the only stoner here.

:-)

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Funny you should mention that, given that I am, indeed, a die-hard Cub fan

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:34 AM

It’s magic.

:-)

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:38 AM

It’s magic.

:-)

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I respectfully disagree.

I think it’s the delusion brought on by too much Old Style and masochism.

Of course, having a beautiful ballpark doesn’t help.

If the Cubs were in St. Louis, they’d have gone under decades ago.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Maybe its a start.

Bmore on February 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

No sh*t, right?

I thought I was the only stoner here.

:-)

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM.

Good finally exchange with you, Eric.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Always good to see you.

But now that the newest, slowest and least fun to engage with newbie progressive troll has pooped on the thread, I think I’ll go burn my heavy brush pile here in “the compound”.

The only other thing I might need to know from Hot Air today is if this snow is finally hitting Mr and Mrs Munford in their Southern Command Fortress of Sunshine?

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

“to” exchange …

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM

All true. But I meant it was magic that I knew you were a Cubbies fan.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I know.

I just sometimes envy the discipline the collectivists seem to posses.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Don’t mistake discipline for laziness. Anyone who accepts the lies that the national media, TV, movies, and professors feed to them will vote Democratic almost every time, regardless of track record, positions on issues, or any other consideration. Democrat elected officials know this and rely upon it. In fact, they’ve gotten a little lazy themselves. They no longer censor what they say in public because they expect their friends in the media to cover for them. This will eventually come back to bite them. We can use that to our advantage if we’re smart.

I didn’t think you were rude. Spirited, but not rude. I’m pretty excitable myself, so no harm, no foul. I also pine for party unity, but I won’t have it at the cost of founding principles. I also don’t see much harm in a little intramural competition. It keeps us all sharp: Proverbs 27:17.

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Not to rain on the parade, but from what I heard Faulconer basically ran as a Democrat.

HillAREwe on February 12, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Not to rain on your parade, but the democrat basically ran as a democrat.

Jesus Phuckin’ Christ, what special ed class did we get you out of?

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Why was this election even in doubt?
Is the country so far gone that the voters will elect a democrat despite daily evidence of what the modern democrat party has become?

It’s like voting for Al Capone as Mayor of Chicago because he hires truck drivers, warehouse labor, cooks and entertainers for his illegal nightclubs.

Joseph OHenry on February 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM

San Diego, like the rest of California, had a very healthy Republican Party until the hardcore social cons took over in the 1990s and ran it into the ground. I had a front row seat for that collapse and it was not pretty. I am hopeful that Kevin Faulconer can resurrect a San Diego GOP that represents clean government and fiscal sanity.

The biggest problem San Diego has is its failing public schools, which have driven middle- and upper-middle-class families out of the city into the outlying towns. That in turn has led to a cratering of the city tax base. The progressives there love to rail against the greedy hotel magnates, but those hotels and the entertainment district around them are all that keep the city solvent.

rockmom on February 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Here is a good subject for their new mayor to run on. Streamlining concealed carry permits for women victimized by sexual assault.

kurtzz3 on February 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Why was this election even in doubt?
Is the country so far gone that the voters will elect a democrat despite daily evidence of what the modern democrat party has become?

It’s like voting for Al Capone as Mayor of Chicago because he hires truck drivers, warehouse labor, cooks and entertainers for his illegal nightclubs.

Joseph OHenry on February 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Like most big cities, the population of San Diego has changed and is now predominantly poorer and more dependent on government services. San Diego County is still very Republican, but the city is not so much anymore, as the Republicans have fled from the bad schools and fiscal instability of the city into the suburbs.

It’s still my favorite city of all the places I have lived. You can have a great life there if you have enough money.

rockmom on February 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I’m so shallow that I don’t understand how someone that goony looking got elected in the first place. I am sure my current knowledge of him plays into it but he gives me the willies.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2014 at 11:51 AM

But now that the newest, slowest and least fun to engage with newbie progressive troll has pooped on the thread, I think I’ll go burn my heavy brush pile here in “the compound”.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Please tell me you don’t think I’m a progressive troll.

I am many things, but “progressive” sure as hell isn’t one of them.

On the contrary, I’m a progressive’s worst nightmare: an ex-con, free market, Constitutional constructionist libertarian who has never, in his life, either failed to take responsibility for his actions, nor relied upon anyone other than himself and the family whose trust he had to work DECADES to earn back, in order to put his life back together again.

Hell, even if I DID have the luxury of blaming the color of my skin for the sh*tty choices I made in my youth, I’d be damned if I could stomach becoming one of the unapologetic thugs I so thoroughly deserved to be incarcerated with so long ago.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Is the country so far gone that the voters will elect a democrat despite daily evidence of what the modern democrat party has become?

It’s like voting for Al Capone as Mayor of Chicago because he hires truck drivers, warehouse labor, cooks and entertainers for his illegal nightclubs.

Joseph OHenry on February 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Is this comment a reprint from November 5th, 2012?

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Faulconer ran middle right but had to dodge the unions as they were/are the primary movers here in San Diego. They mainly went after Kevin for being part of downtown interests, the very interests that create jobs etc.. In total they accounted for about 35% of Faulconer’s funds whereas unions coughed up over 80% of Alvarez’s campaign funds.

Funny an editorial by Donna Frye, former councilwoman/leftist loon, opined a vote for Alvarez was a vote against the vitriol of the San Diego Tribune. Dumb in my opinion but showed Alvarez had very little platform to run on.

Probably didn’t help Alvarez/ unions/ democrats any that the night before the elections the city agreed to pay one of the 7 women Filner accosted, $250,000..

This is a win I’ll take because I was seriously considering pushing up my planned move from SoCal if Alvarez won as the union stranglehold would have gotten worse.

theblacksheepwasright on February 12, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Please tell me you don’t think I’m a progressive troll.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

No. No. He’s talking about HillAREwe, not you. I hope we didn’t hit you too hard earlier in the thread. :(

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM

No. No. He’s talking about HillAREwe, not you. I hope we didn’t hit you too hard earlier in the thread. :(

yaedon on February 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Oh…

Heh.

My bad.

And no, you didn’t hit me too hard. Sometimes, I need a little discipline.

Just ask my wife.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:52 AM

No, no and no. God no. I had heard about your commenting. I was actually excited to have a conversation with you since you were a conservative from Tinsel Town.

Please accept my apology now that I was not more clear in my commenting.

Okay. Bundled for blizzard forces and off to that brush pile now. And I dare the fire marshall to come out in this weather and see if I’m only burning brush!

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM

It’s just one city. Lighten up. It’s no longer about right and left. It’s about right and wrong. Just goes to show things have to get really bad before the liberal cult followers vote somebody out. By the way have they dug up the cemetery yet?

crankyoldlady on February 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Okay. Bundled for blizzard forces and off to that brush pile now. And I dare the fire marshall to come out in this weather and see if I’m only burning brush!

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Stay warm and safe, sir.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM

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