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  •  In what universe (1+ / 0-)
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    does an openly gay, pro-choice, pro-environment, pro-regulation, pro-infrastructure spending, urban mayor, person of colour think that there is a place for him in today's Republican party? Even in California, there simply aren't enough moderate Republicans left for him to have any constituency in a partisan election above the municipal level.

    Once social change begins,it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read...You cannot oppress people who are not afraid anymore.

    by terjeanderson on Thu May 19, 2011 at 06:49:59 PM PDT

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    •  Thinks Democrats are too liberal (2+ / 0-)
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      You see a lot of this in non-partisan elections in CA. Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky, with their pro-business and fiscally conservative attitudes, would not do well in the California Assembly. I expect Mike Gin is not much of a friend of unions, and union-backed candidates are the vast majority of the Democratic contingent in the Congress.

      •  Still (1+ / 0-)
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        I think being anti-labor as a Dem is less toxic than being gay, pro-choice, and pro-environment is as a Rep.

        21, male, RI-01 (voting)/IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

        by sapelcovits on Thu May 19, 2011 at 08:05:05 PM PDT

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        •  The Big Tent is over (0+ / 0-)

          ...or maybe it never existed. But historically the GOP had a home for low tax, anti regulation, fiscally conservative types. Many elected officials in putatively liberal communities are registered Republicans, but if they had the R next to their name, they would be drummed out of office by the party, not necessarily by the electorate.

      •  I'm not saying I want him to be a Dem (0+ / 0-)

        Your conjecture that he is anti-union (could be, but I haven't seen any evidence of that) would explain why he wouldn't have much chance as a Democratic Congressional candidate.

        But his website talks about how he wants to see government investment in basic infrastructure projects -- not typical of most fiscally conservative Republicans, (and generally a position with labour support.)

        Other than taking a harder line on immigration than most Democrats, nothing on his website sets him apart from most Gary Hart/Paul Tsongas style Democrats. Perhaps he was just trying to position himself for the wide open special election, but his positions seem incredibly out of touch with any Republican primary electorate.

        Running for Congress as a Republican with his issue positions and his profile seems like an incredibly foolish endeavour - and his single digit performance seems to bear that out.

        Once social change begins,it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read...You cannot oppress people who are not afraid anymore.

        by terjeanderson on Thu May 19, 2011 at 08:26:11 PM PDT

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    •  it's important to distinguish republican voters (4+ / 0-)

      from republican elected officials. non-wingnut elected republicans are like hen's teeth, but there are a surprising number of liberal or moderate republican voters in california, who end up acting as swing voters when the real wingnuts win the primaries, but who aren't as doctrinaire as the nuts who get through the primaries.

      •  An excellent point (0+ / 0-)

        Well worth keeping this in mind.

        Independent, Auckland Central resident, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

        by SaoMagnifico on Fri May 20, 2011 at 03:17:20 AM PDT

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      •  The AG's race (1+ / 0-)
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        was a good example of this. At this point Republicans are basically unelectable at a statewide level because they have to declare themselves as Republicans. The Kamala Harris/Steve Cooley race really speaks volumes about the inner workings of California politics. Steve Cooley could have won if he'd run as a independent and would have if he'd changed registration to a "D".

        ex-SSP I abstained rather than vote for Kevin McCarthy.

        by hankmeister on Fri May 20, 2011 at 12:21:09 PM PDT

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