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Even though Angelides was obviously the more progressive candidate, he did not receive the strong support of the CA democrats.  So even though people whine and complain about the lack of progressive candidates, on election day, some democrats will vote strategy instead of actual leadership.  

Westly got 42% of the vote based on the platform of "I'm blue, but not too blue so I can beat Arnold."  And even people here on DailyKos (the supposed home of progressive mania) dropped the ball by voting for Westly and showing the inherent division among Democrats.  The reason why we keep losing is that we have no loyalty to actual progressives.  We pride ourselves on our skepticism, but we do not recognize that that skepticism must be complemented with some type of mercy for the people who are willing to actually stand on the side of the left and stay there.  And despite Angelides's attempts to stand strong on the left (a la actually say he is going to raise taxes), the politically-minded progressives voted against him because his boldness to be issue-based didn't seem to fit their idea of what could beat Arnold.  

Here is my solution:  We need to make this race about rallying people around a REAL leader.  Because unlike Arnold, Angelides has the sense and decency to not call CA teachers, nurses, and civil servants "girly-men."  Is everyone so cyncial that we can't get an intelligent guy like Angelides to beat out a growling musclemass that works his calves more than his brain?  Come on!

It's time to energize people, not moan and groan about how unenergized CA is

Originally posted to ChiliCheeseFries on Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 10:53 AM PDT.

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  •  agreed completely (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sorry the ads were so nasty -- I'm assured by friends in the Bay Area, that the ad campaign was every bit as nasty as people here say it was, and (from one email):

    lemme tell you without having a Tv on for the past two weeks you can't possibly get how disgusting the whole thing was.  I know Wesly drew first blood but Angelides was relentless once he started. They must have spent millions with all those ads.

    nonetheless, I ask: what should Angelides have done when some guy with $34.5 million of his own money (out of $36 million the Westly campaign had spent as of a couple weeks ago) to spend on winning/buying the nomination, starts with the attack ads? Westly campaign muddied the water about the issue, with comments re: how Angelides' campaign had been personally attacking Westly from the beginning, but there's really no doubt that Westly ran the  first attack ad on TV.

    So, what should Angelides have done? Ignore the attack ads? Well, I might suggest that, but I thought Kossacks were pretty united in thinking Kerry was pathetic for "ignoring" the attack ads against him.

    anyway, I've got a candidate I can get out there and organize for, with Angelides, so I'm happy, and I'm most happy about Debra Bowen -- another candidate who can really inspire a big, loyal, excited campaign in November!

    with the California Nurses Union's Clean Money public financing initative on the ballot, too, I think we'll have some great campaigning in the fall, and I'm really looking forward to participating in it locally

    I'd like to suggest, again, that Steve Westly and his wife (who donated $12 million to their own campaign in May alone) should consider putting up even a fraction of that money to fund get out the vote efforts for the Democratic Party in November.  

  •  actually (0+ / 0-)

    I suggest Californians take a week off from politics. Go eat pizza. Go to movies. Hang out with the kids. Don't think about Arnold or Phil or Francine or any of it.
    Then get energized.

    Just sayin'.
  •  What worries me (0+ / 0-)

    is that Arnold is now vacillating away from his Republican "redmeat" phase, where he pimped for Bush at the RNC, and sponsored a "special election" which was about Rethug issues that were soundly defeated, leading to his decline in the polls. Now, however, he has teamed with Dem legislators and local officials (like LA Mayor Villaraigosa) to champion a huge infrastructure bond bill, and will have photo ops with those sponsoring Dems looking like a moderate guy who can get things done.  This will not only influence the short-term memory challenged middle of the road Californians, it will also de-energize the unions who went out of their way in '05 to crush Arnold's rotten blue plate specials that directly threatened them, but have no such incentive this time 'round.  I've liked Angelides since first hearing him speak in '04, and I'm sure I will be helping him one way and another, but I fear Arnold's resurgence.  

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