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    My head is hurting from reading some of the comments on this thread.

    1. Janice Hahn is not a conservadem.  She's not Dennis Kucinich but she will be an upgrade from Jane Harman.

    2. This is a special election.  Turnout is often weird (we struggled to hold MA-05 in a special election before 2008, but we dominated other special elections in much redder districts)

    3. This is about CA-36.  Not Obama.

    4. Craig Huey did not pay for that stupid racist ad.  That stupid racist ad is not even on TV it's some internet only thing.  Huey denounced the ad, let's move on.

    5. Huey is well funded.  He was never going to get blown out by 30 points.

    6. We are still favored to retain this seat however.  Stop panicking.

    •  I haven't read the whole thread, but (5+ / 0-)

      I really have not seen any evidence that Janice Hahn is even conservative, let alone a conservadem.  Again, I know Calbuzz called her one of the three most liberal members of the L.A. city council, and someone or other called her the most pro-labor member.  Here is a quote I found from doing a Newsbank search for her before this year (I don't think I can link, but it's from a column by Steve Marconi in the Daily Breeze on December 29, 2007):

      Unlike many of San Pedro's problems, I have no clue how to deal with our landscape being overrun by animals that no longer fear humans. Calling Councilwoman Janice Hahn probably won't help. Knowing how she thinks, she'll probably have the city install a speed hump and a "peacock crossing" sign.

      Sounds like a conservative writer complaining about a politician they see as a big government treehugger.  (didn't read the column, either--that's the only time she was mentioned, I think.  There was a lot of other stuff that seemed pretty municipal and non-ideological, or at least I don't know enough about local issues to assess the ideological implications...like, something about trying to regulate medical marijuana shops, but I don't know if it was from a pro-, a con-, or a land-use point of view.  There was an article that said she would advocate for a charter school that had concerns about its site location and environment, but again, I don't know if that was anything more than a local issue--skimming here.)

      And, I think this is what she gets attacked for, but here's another quote from the November 6, 2008 Daily Breeze:

      A parcel tax for anti-gang programs was still too close to call Wednesday, and its backers remained hopeful that it would pass.

      Measure A - the $36-a-year property tax to help keep kids out of gangs - had 66.1 percent of the vote. It needs two-thirds, or 66.7 percent, to pass.

      "It is incredible the amount of support we were able to get with the campaign we were able to run," said Harbor Area Councilwoman Janice Hahn , one of the measure's main supporters.

      County election officials said there might be as many as 600,000 votes outstanding that could easily decide the outcome of Measure A.

      "If it isn't approved, I will try again," Hahn said. "I think the results show that people do believe this is important, and it will get approved if we are able to better make the case to voters."

      Hahn said it is too late to get the measure on the March 3 city ballot, but she will try for the May 19 run-off election, if necessary.

      The measure was developed over the course of the last two years when gang violence was at a peak and several reports came out on the need to do more than use law enforcement to suppress gangs.

      Hahn said the proposal would have provided $30 million a year to pay for gang prevention and intervention programs.

      One of her singature initatives was to try to raise taxes to keep kids out of gangs. That doesn't sound like Heath Shuler to me.  I know people around here really like Debra Bowen and think Hahn played dirty, but that doesn't mean she's a conservative.   I am, again, skimming and probably cherry-picking a bit, and I am not a local and I do not know local issues in this district, but if someone has some evidence that she's anything other than a liberal urban Democrat, I would like to see it.

      25, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

      by Xenocrypt on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 12:02:50 PM PDT

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