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Darth Vader:  I see those in your own district are giving praise.
Darth Issa:  Yes Lord Vader but I have managed to contact the news publications to even out the viewpoints.
Darth Vader:  The Rebels (Democratic Party) in your own district can't win.
Darth Issa:  Fair and Balanced is the approach.  They will not win.
This in from the San Diego Union Tribute:

For Carlsbad’s Kelli Moors and Nita Kurmins Gilson, attending President Barack Obama’s inaugural address on Monday was a chance to witness unfiltered history.

It also meant celebrating the nation’s 57th presidential swearing-in and address with hundreds of thousands of other Americans in what they described as a joyous and communal experience.

“It was amazing,” said Moors, a member of the Carlsbad Unified School Board. “To see Barack Obama sworn into office for the last time and at the pinnace of his career was wonderful.”

On the same day the country marks the birthday of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Obama called for action on global warming, same-sex marriage and better economic opportunities for the poor and disenfranchised.

Gilson said what she heard was inspiring.

“I found it very unifying,” said the freelance graphic artist. “In his own thoughtful way, he tied together issues of inequality, injustices health care, and the environment. It was very beautiful and deft.”

Certain people have argued for a long time that California's 49th Congressional District is Safe Republican but this bit of news reveals a secret: It's not, at least not if you compare it to the districts that House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Patrick McHenry, James Sensenbrenner and others occupy.

Or maybe it was the fact that Darrell Issa's Democratic challenger last November, Jerry Tetalman (who has been living in Carlsbad since the late 1970's) received more than 110,000 votes in the final tally that more people in Issa's own district are speaking their mind than before.

Who knows right?  Wait, there's additional information:

Moors and Gilson got their inaugural tickets through the office of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, whose district includes Carlsbad.
Oh no he didn't!  Issa's office actually gave residents in his own district tickets?  Who knew?

On the other hand, there are views coming from the opposite side that have a different reaction:

Other reaction to the president’s remarks reflected political leanings.

For Tony Krvaric, chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County, the address came off more as a gift to the president’s supporters than a rallying point for the nation.

“It was designed and couched as unifying but it was really just playing to his base, and I think that was unfortunate,” Krvaric said. “With global warming and social issues like gay marriage, noticeably absent was any discussion about the economy and creating jobs and reducing our deficit. I think it was an opportunity lost.”

Ahhh, Tony Krvaric.  You just don't get it, do you?  There's something like simple arithmetic that the Democratic Party understands which you don't:

According to the above link, San Diego voter registration states the following:

Democratic Party Registration:  272,636
Republican Party Registration:  183,876
Independent/Decline to State:  186,737

Therefore, assuming Independents or Decline-to-State votes lean Democratic or are open to voting Democratic based on the right candidate, the GOP in San Diego is screwed big time.  So no matter how much the Chairman of the Republican Party in America's Finest City tries to shift the talk away from important issues like global warming, he has lousy Jedi mind tricks.

Then there's this guy:

San Diego GOP consultant John Dadian said there were no surprises and no particularly memorable line.

“It was a liberal speech and opposite of Ronald Reagan’s, where he said government is not the solution, it’s the problem. This speech said government is the solution, and I think most Americans disagree with that.”

The speech said government is the solution?  Bring the transcript!

Ok.  Time to contact the DCCC to target the CA-49 district (held by Rep. Darrell Issa) and the CA-50 district (held by Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr.) in 2014:

Mailing Address:
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Main Phone Number: (202) 863-1500

Twitter:  @DCCC
You Tube:

Originally posted to pipsorcle on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:30 PM PST.

Also republished by California politics.


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  •  Used car salesmen are more human nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  CA-49 isn't as Dem-friendly as SD is countywide (4+ / 0-)
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    DianeNYS, Smoh, Rosalie907, madhaus

    Sure, if CA-49 was only Oceanside/Carlsbad/Encinitas/Solana Beach/Del Mar, then the ol' car thief Issa would definitely worth going after.

    But, look at a map of the district:

    Alas, the district also includes a huge chunk of ultra-right south Orange County and a chunk of almost-as-conservative inland north San Diego County.  The district is R+11 (i.e., the GOP registration advantage district is 11 points).

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    by MJB on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:47:04 PM PST

    •  I'm WELL aware of the CA-49 district (0+ / 0-)

      I was in regular communication with 2012 Democratic challenger Jerry Tetalman's campaign manager, Charles Dodson.  I was the only one on Kos who covered the CA-49 district in full detail.  I didn't get my statistics or information from other news outlets.  I got them from the SD Registrar's Office and from Dodson and Jerry Tetalman themselves.  Tetalman has been a resident of Carlsbad since the 1970's.

      The district is just not that conservative, not like Kevin McCarthy's district is, which is even more red.  Tetalman didn't get 41% of the votes (over 110,000) if the CA-49 district was deep red.

      On the other hand, there's still PLENTY of time to do voter registration drives so why not start?

      •  Look at what happened elsewhere in SD in 2012 (1+ / 0-)
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        2012 was a high-water mark for Dems in SD County.  

        We finally sent Brian Bilbray back to K Street where he can once again draw his paycheck from the people he really represents.  A Democratic congressman, Bob Filner, ran for mayor of San Diego and somehow won even though the dominant local newspaper is a far-right rag that relentlessly shilled for Filner's opponent.  A Democrat was elected to the county board of supervisors.

        CA-49?  Losing 58.2 to 41.8 percent in a Democratic wave year is not impressive. Issa's margin of 16.4 points was well ahead of the GOP registration edge.  Democratic candidates in that part of San Diego in previous elections, in the former CA-50, often got about 45% against Bilbray.  Show us a candidate who has pulled 48 percent against Issa, and then you'll have a candidate who could beat Issa in the right circumstances with more money.

        Issa also has boatloads of campaign money if he ever needs it.  He spent relatively little out of his campaign kitty in 2012 and still outspent Tetalman 10 to 1.

        Bottom line is that it's going to take someone who is both strong enough to beat Issa and brings his/her own funding to the table (either self-funded or raised on his/her own) before anyone will ever convince the DCCC that CA-49 is winnable.  A candidate who can only raise less than $18,000 on his/her own (which is what Tetalman had) is never going to have a chance against Issa.

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        by MJB on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:21:52 AM PST

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        •  Your analysis is purely objective (0+ / 0-)

          "CA-49?  Losing 58.2 to 41.8 percent in a Democratic wave year is not impressive. Issa's margin of 16.4 points was well ahead of the GOP registration edge.  Democratic candidates in that part of San Diego in previous elections, in the former CA-50, often got about 45% against Bilbray.  Show us a candidate who has pulled 48 percent against Issa, and then you'll have a candidate who could beat Issa in the right circumstances with more money."

          The reason why Jerry Tetalman only got 41% in votes is because NO one, I mean, NO one in the DCCC or any legitimate "progressive" group like Democracy for America ended up giving support for Tetalman, even if they've given support to candidates in races in lean conservative or red districts.  Why?  I have NO idea.  Had there been more support early on, my goodness, Tetalman would have received more votes even.  Who knows?

          Polling in the district?  Non existent yet they say it's a deep red district.  Whether internal (Tetalman campaign didn't have a polling process) or externalReally?  So why is it that Democratic and Independent voter registration increased in the 2012 election?  Why is it that Tetalman received 41% as opposed to say the 35% that Bradley Bookout received when he challenged Luke Messer in Indiana's 6th Congressional District, which from what I hear is a deep red district in that state.

          And to make a point:  Tetalman's vote percentage is not that far off with Rob Zerban's vote percentage against Paul Ryan except the WI-01 race had more support and donations from a number of progressive groups.  And MANY people on Kos wanted Zerban to win.  But he didn't.  Yet so many people on Kos are angry about Darrell Issa yet won't give Tetalman enough juice.  I find this to be very interesting.  So far no one has been able to give me a legitimate reason why.

          That being said, unfortunately, you are out of touch with what actually happened in the Tetalman for Congress campaign.  It was actually getting more robust, FINALLY in the month of October.  Dodson and Tetalman brought in a larger finance operation and ground troops for canvassing and knocking on doors.  I didn't think the 2012 race would be easy and certainly would be an uphill battle.  However, considering Tetalman and his campaign received contributions from individual people across the U.S. as a result of my Kos diaries starting mid September 2012, the campaign became more professional in the final weeks.  This is why on Kos, people like myself spend time covering and reporting campaigns.

          If you were communicating with me or even Tetalman and his campaign manager throughout 2012, you'd have received more feedback than what you've mentioned in your comment.

        •  One other point (0+ / 0-)

          On Jerry Tetalman for Congress's Facebook page, there was this GOP troll that "Liked" the page kept heckling Tetalman on a number of his posts.  I don't think this would happen if say there wasn't any activity amongst the Tetalman for Congress campaign.

  •  Pipsorcle, (0+ / 0-)

    I sent you a message about how to republish to CA politics, if you haven't seen it yet.

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