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Charlie Brown (D) is one of my favorite candidates this cycle, a Fighting Dem vying to represent one of the most beautiful districts in the country, on the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas.

This has been solid Red country, with voter registration of 48 percent Republican, 30 percent Democrat. But the numbers can't capture the growing discontent in seemingly Red districts all over the country. And CA-04, with it's Abramoff-tainted incumbent John Doolittle, may soon be hitting the list of battleground seats.

Benenson Strategy Group (D) for Charlie Brown. 8/29-31. Likely voters. MoE 4.9% (No trend lines)

Doolittle (R) 41
Brown (D) 39

The poll gave Doolittle a 42/44 favorable/unfavorable rating. And the top three issues in the campaign? Iraq, healthcare, and the economy/jobs.

On the web: Charlie Brown for Congress

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:08 AM PDT.

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  •  50 state strategy for sure helps (6+ / 0-)
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    maxomai, ogre, mayan, Cream Puff, RainyDay, plf515

    This is great to see.  If "red" voters can keep finding reasons to vote "blue", then we have a new generation of "Dean Republicans".  

    Sounds a lot better than "Reagan Democrats".

    9/11 didn't change the Constitution!

    by Prof Dave on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 09:56:43 AM PDT

    •  They'll never call themselves "Dean Republicans" (1+ / 0-)
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      Prof Dave

      But I agree with the sentiment, and I think it's very possible; even likely.  Look at how Kansas has been flipping lately; that says a lot right there.

      A conservative is just a liberal who hasn't needed a second chance yet.

      by Kurt Kaletka on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 09:59:31 AM PDT

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      •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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        LindaR, Kurt Kaletka

        But Reagan Democrats didn't call themselves that either - that was a media invention.  The name became common wisdom.  If these voters are considering going blue this cycle, to me it means that those voters are in play again after being firmly in the party of Reagan.  

        There couldn't be a bigger contrast between Reagan and Shrub, and those voters will probably come around our way, it seems to me.  Dems are finally (if slowly and weakly) presenting them with an effective alternative.  Yeargh!

        9/11 didn't change the Constitution!

        by Prof Dave on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:04:20 AM PDT

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        •  Good point. (2+ / 0-)
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          LindaR, Prof Dave

          My native Mercer County, Pennsylvania, went for Reagan in 1980.  Mercer County is a socially conservative, economically liberal place, full of the descendents of immigrants and then-troubled (now-defunct) steel mills.  Reagan won Mercer County narrowly, but he did it, largely thanks to those "Reagan Democrats."

          Mercer County went for Mondale in 1984, even though Reagan won the state again that year.  Regardless, no one in the county called him or herself a "Reagan Democrat," nor can I imagine anyone doing it, so I guess it was a media invention, sure.  I was eleven in 1980 and I wasn't paying attention to the election as closely as I pay attention to elections these days, but it does seem to me that no matter how they voted, there was no declared bloc of "Reagan Democrats."  I'm sure you're right that the inevitable "Dean Republicans" will be just as clandestine about their would-be moniker.

          A conservative is just a liberal who hasn't needed a second chance yet.

          by Kurt Kaletka on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:15:09 AM PDT

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          •  You're (0+ / 0-)

            two years older than me, but I lived in Oklahoma, which turned solidly away from the Democratic party about that time.  The oil bust probably had a lot to do with it.  

            Not that I was a political junkie then, but I became very aware of the trends later after being subject to political contests of who could out-conservative the other guy.  Certainly no one calls themselves Reagan Democrats in OK, but there used to be a lot more Democrats...  They had to go somewhere...

            9/11 didn't change the Constitution!

            by Prof Dave on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:27:48 AM PDT

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          •  Dean Republicans is not as far-fetched (1+ / 0-)
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            Prof Dave

            as it sounds at first.  "Dean as crazy man" was never grounded in truth.  As time goes by, Dean has been/is being revealed for the man he is:  Honest, smart, hard-working, grown up, idealistic in the best sense of the word, and liberal in the good-government, Yankee can-do tradition that made this country great.

    •  Bush Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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      Prof Dave

      Former Rethugs who move to the Democrat party bcs. of the ineptitude, greed, megalomania, and deceit of GWB, and the culture of corruption he encourages.

      Republicans believe government is the enemy. When they're in charge, they're right

      by plf515 on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:35:15 AM PDT

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    •  oh really? (1+ / 0-)
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      The DNC and the DCCC has given $0.00 to Charlie Brown's campaign. This is Charlie, on the simple grounds that he is a man of character who can win this district from John Doolittle. If they actually helped out, we'd win in a landslide...

      •  Not the DNC's job (1+ / 0-)
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        The DCCC should have done that, not the DNC.  The old, dysfunctional DNC wouldn't have, either, but at least they are party building now, and was noted here.  

        Meanwhile, Howard Dean's DNC is doing exactly what he said he'd do, pushing the envelope, expanding their horizons as much as possible into states and areas not normally part of the "battleground."

        The DCCC is for incumbents by incumbents.  If you don't want your money going to incumbents, don't give to the DCCC.

        9/11 didn't change the Constitution!

        by Prof Dave on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 11:24:28 AM PDT

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  •  I know CA-04 isn't coastal... (6+ / 0-)

    But I'd suggest that someone might want to post tsunami warnings.

    If this district's in play... the elephant isn't going to know what hit it.

    "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

    by ogre on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 09:56:58 AM PDT

  •  As I said in LindaR's diary (7+ / 0-)

    these #s sort of make Bloomberg and Political Wire seem a little out of touch with the notion that Dolittle isn't in trouble based on corruption.   While corruption isn't one of the big three, as noted above, it has to be causing at least a little bit of this, particularly in a Red district like CA-04.  

    Also, Charlie Brown's a good candidate.

    •  Yeah, conventional wisdom is in transition! (3+ / 0-)

      I've lived in this district a long, long, long time.  It is so red you can't breathe.  BUT it's been changing.  And the people may be red, but they aren't completely stupid.  They don't like the sexual slavery and forced abortion aspect of Doolittle's profiteering off government.  And I think when Doolittle told the City of Lincoln to get a lobbyist, that was a final-straw event for a lot of Republicans.

      Doolittle is feared, but he is not liked.

      •  the District contains Placer county, CA's: (1+ / 0-)
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        1. most Republican County (passing Orange County),
        1. fastest growing County.

        my favorite quote: "On a political level, I say run against the GOP as if your life, and the life of the country, depended up on it."

        by ca democrat on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 11:17:39 AM PDT

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      •  Interesting! (1+ / 0-)
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        He used this line in Nevada County, too, and it got repeated in news stories and an editorial in the normally conservative Union newspaper.  It shows you how out of touch with the real world that the only way you can have any influence on him is to work through a lobbyist.  I wonder what civics class he learned that one in.

      •  Yes, one literally cannot breathe today because (0+ / 0-)

        ...of the combination of smoke in the air from the fire in the canyon and the normal air pollution and so far today very little breeze. The sky is grey. There were no stars in the sky this morning before dawn, just a half moon.

        Yet here we have this DOLT of a congressperson who says he doesn't believe in global warming, and who has openly mocked previous federal efforts to make cars more fuel efficient and have Americans drive less.  Fine, I don't care if he believes in the Tooth Fairy, but his constituents are literally choking to death on the air here in the southern part of his district because of the explosive growth and the resulting horrible traffic jams.  You can't tell the CA-04 citizen there is no problem with the air when you can SEE the air.

        We need to start rethinking the way we move people and things from point A to point B. It's not going to come from Doolittle.   He voted to drill in the Alaskan Anwar WL sanctuary and for offshore drilling and that was his version of "problem solved."  He wants to put yet another highway around Lincoln which just dumps all the traffic up into the next town. Endanged species in the way? Have your friend Pombo change the habitat designations in the Endangered Species Act. Good luck getting that turkey funded.

        People may not care deeply about endangered species but they do sort of care about endangered humans. They are starting to "get" it.

        When the Republicans keep saying "just keep doing the same thing and show me the money," people are not going to vote for them anymore. Simple as that.

    •  I sent Political Wire an e-mail. (3+ / 0-)
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      CA Amy, LindaR, jlove1982

      Telling them that their Doolittle post was "awkwardly timed" and pointed them to the Charlie Brown poll.

      Brown deserves a cash infusion STAT...

    •  Corruption is like flip-flopping (1+ / 0-)
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      It's not a discrete polling item, but a pervasive image/character issue. We all now know that the flip-flopping label translated to lack of strength in the minds of quite a few essential voters.

      If you're corrupt, you're weak. You lack honesty, moral strength, and civic values. In wars past, profiteering was the polar opposite of bravery under fire; it was a way to distinguish between sell-outs, leaches and real soldiers.

  •  I was more of a Linus Van Pelt guy... (2+ / 0-)
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    jamfan, Prof Dave

    ...but this outcome is okay, too.

    Anyway, this is great news!  If the Inland Empire starts to favor Democrats, can the Interior Western states be too far behind?

    A conservative is just a liberal who hasn't needed a second chance yet.

    by Kurt Kaletka on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 09:57:58 AM PDT

  •  Political Wire (3+ / 0-)
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    maxomai, LindaR, jlove1982

    just posted a Bloomberg piece talking about how this race was pretty much ovr and that Doolittle had innoculated corruption chages by Brown.  I emailed Taegan and Bloomberg will have egg on its face when this poll circulates.

  •  Charlie Brown's narrative (8+ / 0-)

    about his son and Doolittle in Iraq was priceless.

    This is the diary:

  •  Good news (1+ / 0-)
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    If Repubs are fighting for their political lives even in districts like CA-04, happy days are here again for the Democratic Party.

  •  Damn you Kos (15+ / 0-)

    You got me to give another $100.00 for another candidate. Do you think I'm an ATM?

  •  Go Charlie Brown! (4+ / 0-)

    CA-04 is one of the most beautiful districts in the entire country.  Spectacular place with truly wonderful people.

    Pakistan is harboring bin Laden. What now, Mr. President?

    by The Termite on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:05:48 AM PDT

  •  Another diary on this earlier today (5+ / 0-)

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:07:23 AM PDT

  •  Doolittle (1+ / 0-)
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    Are he or his wife going to be indicted as they should be? This guy is a mini-Delay and I'm glad to see a Fighting Dem having success after what happened to guys like Terry Stulce in TN, going down to a party switcher in his primay.

    "Move over, $7,000 coffeepots! Step aside $400 hammers! We've got the $792 doormat!- The late, great Sen. Bill Proxmire

    by YoungIADem on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:10:36 AM PDT

  •  This is good, very good (7+ / 0-)

    I live and work in the district and am a pollworker and it is literally 2-1 (or greater) republican. This is, I repeat, a blood red district comprised of many hard core, old time repugs. I posted somewhere else that I've noticed a lot of Republicans are very unhappy not so much with Doolitle, but with Bush and are talking about it. I know some who are crossing over, but for Brown to get this far in the polls is absolutely magnificent!

    This post made my day.

    " ...we will treat the rest of the world with respect. WITH RESPECT!!" Ned Lamont 8/8/06

    by Calqueda on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:11:05 AM PDT

  •  Caveat: (1+ / 0-)
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    It's always important to remember that a sizeable chunk of disgruntled Republicans are disgruntled because they perceive their party isn't conservative enough.

    That still works in our favor in November, but we shouldn't have any illusions about how difficult it will be to re-brand the Democratic name.

    •  Exactly, My republican talking points (2+ / 0-)
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      fnpople2008, ca democrat

      to get crossovers.

      1. Don't talk about the corruption of Doolittle, they don't see it.
      1. Do over emphasize the cost of the war and it's long term affects on the economy.
      1. Do emphasize the size of the national debt and make them consider who will pay? Lots of trust fund babies here.
      1. Do throw it the frightening prosepct of taxes, taxes and more taxes. The idea of more taxes scares them sh$tless.
      1. Do clinch the deal by emphasizing wasteful government spending.  I like to use Doolitle's use of a hybrid Toyota Forerunner paid for taxpayers, I believe he has the distinction of driving the most expensive car in all of Congress.
      1. Some will respond to the eroding of our constitution, some will not see it. Feel them out before entering into this. Throw in torture.  Leave it at that.

      As you can see this is a unique district, but it can be done. As always, listen to their views and be polite.  Can anybody add to this?

      " ...we will treat the rest of the world with respect. WITH RESPECT!!" Ned Lamont 8/8/06

      by Calqueda on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:46:49 AM PDT

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      •  remind them that their kids and their neighbors (0+ / 0-)

        Kids will be paying for all of Bush’s uncontrolled barrowing for the rest of those kids’ lives (taxes until death for 2 year olds to pay for Bushes spending excesses).

        Sort of in your #3 but different.  Every child born this year will pay taxes, for the rest of their lives, to pay off the Bush National Debt Bonds.

        my favorite quote: "On a political level, I say run against the GOP as if your life, and the life of the country, depended up on it."

        by ca democrat on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 11:29:59 AM PDT

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  •  Good grief! (3+ / 0-)

    It's the big election, Charlie Brown.

    "We choose a foreigner to hate / The new Iraq gets more irate / We really know nothing about them, and no one cares." - Barenaked Ladies

    by PhantomFly on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:22:30 AM PDT

  •  I have faith in the people of CA-04 (10+ / 0-)

    Like Bush, Doolittle has been fooling a lot of the people much of the time. But this November he faces the pendulum - voters who are not fooled anymore. They'll hold him accountable for not holding himself, his party, his Congress and his President accountable.

    Doolittles has been complicit in an administration that has waged a horrific, unjust war; turned its back on middle America; run up the national debt with abandon; compromised our economy and our environment; and used fear, deception, distortion and paper patriotism to govern.

    With Doolittles dislike of veterans (he gets a zero on veteran related issues), promise to gut social security and his fetish to flood the Auburn Valley and build a dam over a well known earthquake fault he has distanced himself from his base who are against all of those issues. Add in his vote against stem cell research which a huge majority of Californians are for and its not surprising Doolittle is on his way out.

    Seeing the poll this morning validates everything we have been doing for almost a year now. Exposing Chicken John Doolittle for a lying, corrupt Republican who cannot be trusted with the national finances.

    Charlie Brown will need help

    Please consider helping Charlie Brown with ANY sized contribution

    DumpDoolittle is a statement. I am not affiliated with the blog of the same name

    by DumpDoolittle on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:28:26 AM PDT

  •  good for charlie (3+ / 0-)

    the strategy put out there in 2005 by take back red california to work to support democrats in inland counties looks to be working.

    the district has seen a huge influx of new voters, as the I-80 and HWY-50 exurban corridors have boomed, so we may be better off than the numbers suggest.

    show up and fight everywhere, and things will change.

    crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

    by wu ming on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:28:34 AM PDT

  •  I hate doolittle (2+ / 0-)
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    With the exeption of tancredo,jd hayworth and poe, doolittle is by far, one of my most hated thuglican.

    Im praying that he loses..So far, all abramoff friends have gone down, and lets hope doolittle goes down the pit with them.

  •  CA-05 (2+ / 0-)

    I live in CA-05 (it's very, very red up here) and recently I have been hearing lifelong republicans just spitting nails about Bush and the republicans.  What I'm hearing, again and again, is this:

    "I don't care which party is in 'control,' as long as they are competent."

  •  There's a "Republicans for Brown" group (1+ / 0-)
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    that launched their effort recently.

    Check the links.

    I've looked, but can't find a website for them. They should put one together like the Republicans for Fawcett.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:42:38 AM PDT

  •  hot dog! (1+ / 0-)
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    I love it when we knock off one of the big guys. Doolittle and his neighbor to the north Greg Walden have been doing an awful job for their districts, and they both need to be replaced pronto.

    -5.88, -4.21 / Kossacks! Become a Precinct Captain!

    by maxomai on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:46:28 AM PDT

  •  Cor-rupt! - Incompetent! (1+ / 0-)
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    Charlie Brown's radio piece playing off the taste's great - less filling Miller Lite commercial.

    Doolittle's a vile piece of work, and should probably be sharing a cell with Cunningham.

    If CA-4, which is red as a baboon's butt is in play..

    Be very afraid, Republicans, very afraid.

    This world needs a bigger, drier pretzel 8.88 -5.08

    by SecondComing on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 10:48:41 AM PDT

  •  As a former Placervillite.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Pacific John

    I hate to say this, but the people that I knew in the area are not highly focused on issues unless they think that there are specific items that get them riled up.  

    I think the best Brown strategy would be to focus some attention on the connections between Dolittle and Abramoff. (helping to move people to the polls).

    Turn out in the mountains was particularly bad during the midterms, but even worse for the dems... (and I even admit to being guilty of this during the 98 election as well...)

    I could never understand or explain however how the people of the area could ever re-elect this crook in the first place, except that they just weren't listening to the issues.  But if they only knew how deep the connections were, and that their own official was on the take, they will throw him out....

  •  doolittle=abramoff (1+ / 0-)
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    Has the DCCC offered to send more support in brown's way??..i know that ran a 'red handed" ad running in doolittle's district, but i thinkk moveOn might need to do one more creative ad + DCCC should attack doolittle with ads of their own...It is very important to tigh doolittle with jack abramoff..a lot of people arent aware of how corrupt this guy is

  •  Check out Charlie's diaries (2+ / 0-)
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    LindaR, DumpDoolittle

    He posted one yesterday about one of his experiences in Vietnam:

    And then the classic story of this race, Charlie's son flying John Doolittle out of Iraq:

    I've probably said this 100 times in comments here but I'll say it again, Charlie is a great guy and a great candidate and he is honestly one of the most genuine people you'll ever meet.  No one that meets him can vote for Doolittle, he is just that honest.

    Elect Charlie Brown in California-04. Contribute.

    by Nolan on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 11:05:58 AM PDT

  •  This man can be driven to defeat. (2+ / 0-)
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    LindaR, DumpDoolittle

    Live in his district. My observations:

    1. He's running scared. His signs all say "Stand with Congressman Doolittle".
    1. If enough money pours in (and that will only happen through a concentrated campaign via some blog such as Atrios or Kos) then he can be beat.
    1. This area is very Republican. But there's not that many red-meaters. Most people here are fairly moderate.
    1. Repeat number 2, above.
    1. Unfortunately, our local radio lineup (except for local Air America, which has a weak radio signal and the ghastly Enid Goldstein in the afternoons) consists of two major 'sister' stations carrying Rush, Hannity, Savage, O'Reilly, and local republicans including Tom Sullivan -- who sometimes fills in for Rush.
    1. Repeat numbers 2, and 4, above.
    1. Doolittle's a mormon. There's a lot of mormons around here.
    1. Repeat numbers 2, 4, and 6, above.
    1. Doolittle's got big vulnerabilities if they can be exploited. He and his wife are tied to Abramoff. She gets 15% of all his campaign contributions as a 'consultant'. Abramoff's contributions (giving Doolitte's wife her 15%) all ocurred during votes about Abramoff clients. Doolittle was one of the big beneficiaries of Abromoff's restaurant and skybox.
    1. Repeat numbers 2, 4, 6, and 8, above.

    p.s. More on the slimesleazer here

    Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. -- Ernest Hemingway

    by spread the word IRAQ NAM on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 11:07:04 AM PDT

    •  Overheard this morning at work (0+ / 0-)

      My crossover telling a repub co-worker "you know they kicked Condi out of Lebanon" she got that from me!  Rest of conversation went - coworker saying "well the world doesn't respect our diplomats but the military is held in high esteem" Co-worker starting to crack (very pro Bush). Some talk of 911 TV. Trust me, repugs are starting to hate Bush with a vengence. Iraq is the issue, the stupidity and embarrassment of the Bush Admin is the issue. If you get a successful crossover they will do your work for you. I have talked until I am blue in the face about Doolittle's corruption, they do not see it.

      He won overwhelmingly during the primary against a decent repub alternative when the corruption issues were breaking.  Repub turnout was not bad in my precinct close to 45% during the primary. They will turn out to vote. I should mention I try to get one repug at a time in the Colfax-Meadow Vista-Weimer- Auburn- Roseville-Folsom areas. More rural. More hard core. Also, I NEVER bring up religion.  The suburbs may require a different approach.

      BUSH BUSH BUSH IRAQ IRAQ IRAQ that is the issue, I milk it. Agree with 2,4,6 by spreadthewordIRAQ NAM for the already converted.

      " ...we will treat the rest of the world with respect. WITH RESPECT!!" Ned Lamont 8/8/06

      by Calqueda on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 11:48:37 AM PDT

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      •  Just moved from Dutch Flat to Weimar... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...just below Colfax. I've noticed it's the loud-mouths who are mostly hard-core. But one-on-one here most people are decent moderates. THEY can be convinced, especially around honesty (as in bribes).

        Also, there's been a lot of influx here from the flatlands, due to lower home prices. More 'city' thinkers.

        Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. -- Ernest Hemingway

        by spread the word IRAQ NAM on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 12:47:21 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, I am getting them one at a time (1+ / 0-)
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          The numbers of registered repugs vs dems is still lopsided so it is absolutely essential to bring them over. I work non stop at this. I know it can be done I just didn't realize until today how close this was getting.  Now I am concerned that we need election day workers if it is going to be a squeaker. I'm sure somewhere along the way there is a Doolittle Diebold connection.

          " ...we will treat the rest of the world with respect. WITH RESPECT!!" Ned Lamont 8/8/06

          by Calqueda on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 01:04:01 PM PDT

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    •  I would add a couple of points.... (1+ / 0-)
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      Doolittle was also one of the last DeLay loyalists left standing.  He was one of the guys standing out there defending Delay on the Capitol steps for a gullible news media, saying it was all a partisan witchhunt and that the House Ethics Committee had "exonerated" DeLay.

      He's also refusing to debate Brown.

  •  on the issues (0+ / 0-)

    Charlie Brown: I got Iraq

    Am I the first person to make Peanuts joke?

  •  I think I was interviewed for this poll... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...and I couldn't be happier that this district is in play!  If the Rethugs have to spend money to save Doolittle's hide, they're in deep kimchee nationwide, for certain.

    And by the way, Doolittle refuses to debate Charlie.  Or, more specifically, he agreed to debate but hasn't responded to any of the proposed dates.  It's an old dodge, but a good one.

    Charlie, just don't let him hold the football while you run up and kick it.

  •  CD#4 is ready for Charlie! (2+ / 0-)

    Charlie's in DC now, with these poll numbers. Let's hope this helps pry open the party coffers!

    •  Yes, Charlie is in DC (0+ / 0-)

      He is moving quickly to leverage the good news from this poll. I have personally experienced the power of this poll.

      Here's the story. Charlie told me face-to-face Saturday morning about this poll as we were about to do a TV spot shoot. He told me about the added kicker. This poll was taken after two mass mailings by Doolittle.

      As I was driving home from this shoot, it clicked in for me that I had chatted with a neighborhood friend about Charlie about 6 weeks ago. This friend is at the very top rung of a well known international union. I asked him if he knew Charlie Brown. He said he knew of him. I asked him if his union would consider contributing to Charlie. He hedged at this point saying that his union had  full-time staff that analysed races to invest in. Though his union would dearly love to unseat Doolittle, it would not throw money behind a candidate with little chance of winning. I gave the matter a rest at that point.

      I called my friend as soon as I got home with the poll news. My friend wanted details of the poll which Charlie's staff couldn't release without consulting with Charlie. My friend went ahead and contacted his union PAC office in DC with the bare bones poll info given by me with the request.

      "Can you shake the money tree (for Charlie)"

      Dollars to donuts that this request will shake loose some serious money from this union. With this poll, Charlie has become an item with the deep pockets crowd.

  •  I get to spend Friday afternoon (3+ / 0-)

    w/Charlie and Joe Wilson! Any reader of Charlie's blogs knows I'm a huge fan (really truly am not w/the campaign). I just met Charlie and Jan at a Hackett event back in January and really was so impressed by them and have done what I can to support them and get the word out.

    I just wish everyone could hear Charlie (and Jan) talk about the issues, with tons of personal stories and just so much spirit, passion, integrity and a beautiful combination of disgust at what is going on and hope that can come when people like Charlie and the other dems who are in the races this year, step up.

    This is a man who was sick of being 'represented' in Congress by the likes of Doolittle and actually stepped up to the plate, when for years and years no one would or could(at least not really able to mount a serious challenge).

    I just get all goosebumpy when I think of Charlie in Congress - kicking butt and taking names!

  •  I'm amazed any California seat is in play (1+ / 0-)
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    The state has been gerrymandered, on a bipartisan basis, for incumbent protection.  In 2004, not one seat in the House of Representatives or either branch of the state house changed parties.  Not one.

  •  CA 4th District (1+ / 0-)
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    I've lived in this district for more than 15 years and I'd be delighted but amazed if Doolittle were ousted. We're in Lassen County, cattle-ranching country and my neighbors are the salt of the earth, but I don't think any of them could think for themselves if their lives depended on it. Then again, Doolittle is such an odiously corrupt pol that the aroma may even be noticed here.

        Has Doolittle even agreed to debate Charlie?

    When the rapture comes, can I have your car?

    by heruka on Tue Sep 12, 2006 at 03:53:41 PM PDT

  •  I'm in El Dorado Hills (2+ / 0-)

    I've contributed to Charlie's coffers, and I wish I could do more to GOTV, but I'm just swamped right now.
    My boyfriend hates negativity, and he hates those "DumpDoolittle" stickers. He says "don't tell me who NOT to vote for; tell me about the alternative!" I humbly suggest that everyone get their mitts on a Charlie Brown sticker or yard sign. Maybe I'm just being wishful, but I think this does help. It gets his name out there. I don't see any Doolittle stickers -- if we had a Brown sticker every mile or so down the freeway during the commute, I think people would notice that and think about it.
    Brown is an excellent candidate for this district, being both ex-military and law enforcement, and having an active duty son. Most people don't vote for a party, they vote for a person.
    (BTW, I still put the DumpDoolittle sticker on my car -- gawd, I HATE that man!)

  •  Doolittle (0+ / 0-)

    Seldom does a politician's name more accurately reflect his performance in office.

    George W. Bush is just like Forrest Gump. Except that Forrest Gump is honest and cares about other people.

    by easong on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 07:57:12 AM PDT

  •  In the Truckee area? (0+ / 0-)

    Come join me this evening (Wednesday September 13th) from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Safeway corner in Truckee for a Charlie Visibility action project!

    I'll be on the corner with my Brown for Congress hat, yard signs, my US flag and some campaign literature for folks who'd like to come join me.

    We need to increase Charlie's visibility and recognition throughout the district, so why don't you CA 04 voters create a visibility project of your own?


    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." -Governor George W Bush (R-TX)

    by espresso on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:02:48 AM PDT

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