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  •  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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