the election of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California, some
GOP strategists in the state figure they now have a chance to knock liberal Democrat
Barbara Boxer out of the Senate seat she's held for twelve years.
Unless the GOP elites get their heads straight and
understand the real dynamics at work in the state and the nation, they'll flame
out in a big way as they did many times before. It's as though these guys have
had one too many cervezas and think they're stronger than they really are. Boxer
is a formidable opponent. She's no Gray Davis. If the GOP takes her on with the
usual nobodies who they seem to cough up like hairballs, she'll bitch slap the
whole pansy lot of them. Such a loss might stop the GOP parade started by the
recall and Schwarzenegger.
of the Republicans who wants to take on Boxer is Assemblyman Tony Strickland.
Forget it. He backs Bush's stupid attack on Iraq, and he voted for AB60--the bill
to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Hasta la vista, Tony. You're a non-starter
so don't waste your or our time in trying to unseat Boxer. In fact, the law to
give illegal aliens driver's licenses is so unpopular, and Schwarzenegger's victory
so great, that even many liberal Democratic lawmakers in the state are now saying
they want to repeal the law--that they passed. It's as though they're trying to
set political backfires to keep from giving the wildfire that is Schwarzenegger
any fuel to keep moving forward. These libs apparently now realize that this recall
election brought in a sea change in politics in California and that Schwarzenegger
has the popularity to go into most of their districts and help Republicans--and
at this level of politics, even Republican hairballs--beat them. If Schwarzenegger
doesn't fizzle out, and if the GOP bigs don't screw up by constantly misreading
the election results, the state may be on its way back up. California--illegal
alien central--may also, if Schwarzenegger handles things right, be the first
state to stop the obscene invasion of this nation by illegal aliens.
Call me an optimist, but here's why I think Schwarzenegger
may do something about illegal immigration. First, he says he wants to fix the
state. I believe him. Second, he's not a professional politician, and he doesn't
need the job of Governor, so he can step on toes to do the right thing. Third,
his life history shows, at least to me, that he is focused and that he has a strong
drive to succeed. Fourth, he doesn't have many ways to fix the state except by
stopping illegal aliens from bleeding citizens dry.
California is falling apart. Roads, schools, cities,
quality of life, you name it; just about everything is sinking ever lower--and
anyone with half a brain realizes there's a relation between the destruction of
the state and the number of illegal aliens in the state. They're bankrupting California.
Governor Davis tried to sop up the red ink by tripling the car tax. Schwarzenegger
says he will repeal that tax. Of course, this will result in a huge revenue loss
to the state. He's also said that he won't raise taxes. And, he's said that he
believes governments should balance their budgets just like private citizens must.
In other words, Schwarzenegger has pretty much painted himself into a corner where
he's limited in what he can do to fix things. To my lights, this means that he
will have to cut services to illegal aliens. Remember, also, that Schwarzenegger
has said that he voted for Prop. 187, which would have cut off most social services
to illegal aliens. To me, this all adds up to dumping illegal aliens. Unfortunately,
that's a hard thing for a governor to do, because immigration is a federal issue.
In addition, our national "leader," President Bush--perhaps because
his brother Jeb is married to a Mexican--is soft on illegal immigration.
Still, Bush is in big trouble nationally (no matter what the
sycophantic neo-cons try to tell you) and may be a one termer unless he can hitch
a ride on a passing star. In other words, Schwarzenegger may be able to save Bush,
but Bush has to first help Schwarzenegger, because if Schwarzenegger fails to
deliver the goods in California he won't be able to help anyone. Call it political
symbiosis in action or just call it time for some heavy lifting.
is Bush in trouble? Simple. Except for the usual war mongering neo-cons, the young
Republican suits, and the Talk Show Calling Conservatives (TSCCs) most people
in California and the nation aren't buying the Bush administration's line on the
phony war in Iraq that is filling body bags with young working class Americans.
And, as time goes on--and the election nears--even more Americans will come to
understand that Bush and company have been misleading the American public. It
hasn't been the blood of the elites that has been shed on desert sand thousands
of miles away from the U.S. and it's not those in the foo foo class in D.C. that
have been handed red, white, and blue pieces of cloth in exchange for the lives
of sons and daughters. And, by the way, Bush, where the hell are those weapons
of mass destruction?
there's more in the mix in California. Another Bushpublican mentioned by some
GOP bigs to take on Barbara Boxer is Rosario Marin, former U.S. Treasurer and
former mayor of Huntington Park. Now, in case you don't know this, Huntington
Park is one of the most illegal alien infested cities in all of California. Senora
Marin's Web site states it this way: "99% Hispanic". It was once a mostly
white city, but the whites have been run out of town by brown illegal aliens who
have turned the city into a dump. Marin is an immigrant from Mexico and one of
those browns that the elite Bush family tries to put in the front window to show
that they're pro-Latino. So, Bush let Senora Marin sign our money for a few years.
Marin doesn't have a ghost of a chance to unseat Boxer, but the fact that some
GOP bigs in California are pushing her indicates just how out of touch some of
these guys are. Hopefully, these numb nuts will be put out to pasture when Schwarzenegger
Despite the recall election voter numbers showing
that it was mainly white voters who booted Davis out of office and put Schwarzenegger
in, the GOP phonies still think they can insult and disrespect white voters and
pursue a brown policy and that the browns will rush in and put a GOP candidate
in office so long as she or he is Latino. They're wrong. Forget Marin. We seem
to already have passed the day when browns can be pandered to at the expense of
Tom McClintock, the "principled" conservative Republican who refused
to pull out of the recall election and who took votes from Schwarzenegger? He
says he's not going to run for Boxer's seat but will try to win reelection to
the State Senate. Given his stupid actions in the recall campaign, that's probably
a good idea.
McClintock, it seems, fell victim to his own press
releases and the shrill but meaningless noise of the TSCCs. Showing that they're
often louder than they are bright, some TSCCs were calling into their favorite
conservative radio programs even on election day and saying that there was going
to be a big upset and McClintock would win. Stupid. The problem with many of these
folks is that they live in a very small universe of like minded people. After
squeezing into a double wide for one of their rallies they figure that there must
be a lot of them because they're so crowded. Then, they pump each other up about
this or that, and figure they're going to win. And, of course, they lose.
So, what we seem to have in the GOP are some noisy losers at
the mansion end of things and some noisy losers at the trailer park end both trying
to push candidates who most people won't vote for.|
If the GOP wants to win against Boxer, they're going
to have to bubble up someone who has the kind of appeal that Schwarzenegger has.
But first, they have to understand exactly what that appeal is so they can know
who has it and who doesn't. And, being out of touch, most of them don't have a
clue about why Schwarzenegger appealed to so many people of all political stripes.
about comedian Dennis Miller, whose name some in the GOP are floating for a run
against Boxer? It's too early to tell, but at the present time he seems to be
mostly flippant rather than substantive. We'll have to wait to see if he has any
ideas, and if he does, if those ideas redound with the public.|
what will lose in California: Pro-illegal alien positions and pro-Bush war positions.
Anyone who is half-bright among the GOP bigs should realize this. The general
problem for candidates is how to distance themselves from Bush's war while not
appearing disloyal and how to capitalize on the anti-illegal alien sentiment without
being painted as too extreme.
The specific problem in going after Boxer is a lack of major screwups that make her look as bad and incompetent as Davis. Unless the GOP can convince voters that Boxer is like Davis in drag, and unless they offer a larger than politics replacement, Boxer is a shoo in.
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