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  •  Dear California, (4+ / 0-)

    I'm tired of DiFi and her lousy justifications for torture, warrantless wiretaps, telecom immunity, etc, etc.
    Could you please find it in your heart to send us someone better?

    •  Can't do it til 2012 (0+ / 0-)

      She was re-elected in 2006 and isn't up for re-election until 2012. If she decides to run again, which she might not since she'll be 80, we need to find a primary opponent for her now, and raise about 50 million dollars to unseat her. I'm not kidding; California statewide races are horribly expensive. It's not impossible but it's damn unlikely.

      A word after a word after a word is power. -- Margaret Atwood

      by tmo on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 09:24:25 AM PST

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      •  DiFi wants Arnie's job (2+ / 0-)
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        mjd in florida, Anne Elk

        She may run for Governor in 2010.  I hope she loses during the Primary.  We don't need her.  She's a DINO.

        Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official... ~Theodore Roosevelt

        by Pam from Calif on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 09:37:09 AM PST

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        •  Hmmm . . . (0+ / 0-)

          . . . if she does lose the gubernatorial primary, what happens to her Senate seat?  Does she get it back?  And is the rule the same for the election?  

          Obviously, either way, if she runs in '10, we'd better start looking for a Senate primary opponent right away.  Anybody have any ideas?  (Gavin Newsome?  Maria Shriver Schwarzenegger?)  

          Assuming we can find somebody sound, I don't think defeating her should be all that difficult.  I get the impression she's not all that popular.  What constituency does she serve, after all?  

          •  She's popular b/c everyone knows her name (3+ / 0-)
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            Subterranean, mjd in florida, rlochow

            Grassroots organizing is so dead in this state that elections are won on name recognition alone. Her constituency are the folks who want to vote Democrat but don't have the time or inclination to pay attention to the issues. I'd guess that's about 60% of the population here.

            A word after a word after a word is power. -- Margaret Atwood

            by tmo on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 10:41:19 AM PST

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            •  her prospective opponents also have problems (2+ / 0-)
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              Subterranean, bushondrugs

              The three other high-profile Democrats who might run for the seat---Angelides, Brown, and Newsom---all have various problems, so she could well beat them.

              Angelides has the problem of losing in '06, and has collected a set of political enemies.

              Brown would normally be term-limited as a former governor, but is grandfathered in since his term was before the term-limits law was passed; that might still hurt him. He's also rather unpopular among the left wing of the Democratic Party, ranging from Oakland activists who clashed with him frequently during his term as mayor, to Dead Kennedys fans who recall his previous term as governor as some sort of hippie-fascism.

              Newsom is probably even more unpopular among the left wing of the party, usually being associated with upper-middle-class "quality of life" issues rather than issues like poverty. And being mayor of San Francisco will itself make him disliked everywhere else in the state (and not just conservative areas).

              "See a world of tanks, ruled by a world of banks." —Sol Invictus

              by Delirium on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 12:17:24 PM PST

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              •  Can you explain how term limits apply to Brown? (0+ / 0-)

                I thought the term limits law applies to the California legislature and doesn't limit participation in Federal Gov't.  Or are you talking about something else?

                Impeachment is a duty, not an option that can be taken off the table.

                by bushondrugs on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 08:33:57 PM PST

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                •  oh, was talking about governor (1+ / 0-)
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                  Brown has been rumored to be interested in a 2010 run for California Governor. The office has a two-term limit, and Brown has already served two terms, from 1975-1979, and from 1979-1983. However, since those terms were before the term-limits law passed, they don't count, so he could run for a third term in 2010.

                  "See a world of tanks, ruled by a world of banks." —Sol Invictus

                  by Delirium on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 11:24:27 PM PST

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          •  she'd probably keep her seat (2+ / 0-)
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            tmo, mjd in florida

            I don't believe anything would force her out of the Senate in '10 during a gubernatorial run. In theory, she could decide that she's unable to both campaign full-time for the governorship and serve her constituents in the Senate, and therefore decide to resign her Senate seat. But my guess is that she's unlikely to do that; instead, she'll stay in the Senate but just miss a lot of votes.

            "See a world of tanks, ruled by a world of banks." —Sol Invictus

            by Delirium on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 12:20:16 PM PST

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