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Good news and bad news. The good news is national, and you've heard it if you're not deaf. In the congressional elections things have been surprisingly tight across the country. Three particularly galling results from California:

The results are in with 100% of precincts counted:

William Durston        44.2%
Dan Lungren            49.4%

Charlie Brown           49.9%
Tom McClintock        50.1%

Debbie Cook             43.5%
Dana Rohrabacher    52.3%

It's not just that these are hard-core conservatives. These are really awful people, who should not be on the public payroll.

Lungren is a "devout Catholic" who never saw a death penalty or any severe punishment he didn't like. He was Gov. Pete Wilson's Attorney General, and ran for governor after him against the blander-than-bland with shades of corruption Gray Davis (who later was recalled, making way for Arnold). Lungren lost handily—he was too scary, even for California's more conservative districts.

McClintock has been trying for years to find a political office to win and to keep, and finally found a congressional district to carpet-bag into, 400 miles from where he actually lives. He's not particularly smart or original, but has been on the hard right of every issue reliably enough to be endorsed by the klan. He has been reliably devoid of humanity or humor.

And Rohrabacher—well, at least he could plead insanity. It's too bad, especially since Debbie Cook would make such a good congresswoman. I'll take a geologist over a circus freak any day, thank you.

Originally posted to FellowTraveler on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 08:59 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  You forgot Herger... (3+ / 0-)
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    skrymir, mayan, cranberrylib

    Another hard core conservative...ick, ick, ick.

    We had HIGH hopes that he would be defeated by Jeff Morris.

    Yes we did...we did it.

    by trinityfly on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 09:03:18 AM PST

  •  You forgot Bilbray (3+ / 0-)
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    skrymir, trinityfly, esquimaux

    smarmy, nasty Bilbray.

  •  Always... (0+ / 0-)

    work to be done and a world to complete.  Rust never sleeps.  But we can be tireless in our efforts to marginalize and cauterize the whack jobs.  They, like Lieberman can be made to taste the lash of their own irrelevance and corruption.  Don't forget, we will be getting a NEW DOJ and AG.  

    "We're all working for the Pharaoh" - Richard Thompson

    by mayan on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 09:05:17 AM PST

  •  Time to redistrict these aholes out of existence. (0+ / 0-)

    California Dems should demand that the redistricting in 2010 not be about creating "safe" seats for both Dems and GOPers. Redrawing the district lines could result in major gains if done properly.

    Damn! I thought Wally Herger was finally going down and McClintock beating a guy like Charlie Brown is criminal.

    -6.38/-3.79::'A man is incapable of comprehending any argument that interferes with his revenues.' Descartes

    by skrymir on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 10:48:09 AM PST

  •  CA-04 isn't over yet (0+ / 0-)

      There may be a lot of late (delivered on election day to the polls) absentee ballots and provisional ballots that have not been counted yet. Although I'd much rather be ahead by 450 votes than behind at this point, it is not over yet. Either that or I need more time to process the possible loss. I still have trouble getting my mind around the idea that Don Young was reelected in AK-01 and Tubes Stevens might be elected.
       Sometimes it isn't over even when it is over. Sorry, Yogi Berra.

    I'm not a Limousine Liberal; I am a Prius Progressive

    by Zack from the SFV on Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 03:20:04 AM PST

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