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Not one yard sign or bumper sticker in my Deep red, South Orange County, California neighborhood.  I live in the proverbial center of Republican conservatism—Orange County, California.  Actually, I live in South County—among the whitest precincts in the State.  One toll road sign points the route to my neighborhood as “South, South O.C.” the deepest red and most conservative of Neanderthals.  Join the conversation after the squiggle.

It dawned on me today while walking the dog that I have not seen one bumper sticker or yard sign or Romney.  I have not seen one over the weekend; and, I would have noticed.  There were four signs for Gary Johnson; fourteen signs for Obama and zero for the Mittster. A number of my neighbors have Obama bumper stickers—at least 20 of 190 in the canyon.  Many signs offered support for local non-partisan races, but NOT ONE sign for state assembly or state senate Republican.  Now, we are in California and there is no question that the state will give its Electoral Votes to Obama.  

Nevertheless, something different is happening here.  This the first time in my 30 years in this area that there is not one Republican yard sign. Not one.  Not one bumper sticker although I counted 20 for Obama.  

In 2008, my precinct voted a thin margin for Obama but it also voted in favor of CA proposition 8—largely due to an obvious GOTV effort of the local Mormons who comprise about 10% of the neighborhood.

Does it mean that the Republicans are underground?  I don’t know.  Why don’t the Mormon neighbors have Romney signs?  I do not know.  I do know it represents a seismic shift in the Deep South of Orange County away from the GOP.  This is a high SES area with a median income of $82,000.  Something interesting is going on.

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  •  OC is hardly deep red anymore (12+ / 0-)

    McCain barely beat Obama in 2008 - 50.2-47.7

    It has a large Latino population these day and growing.

    •  Yeah. Deep Red to me is Alabama or (12+ / 0-)

      Mississippi.

      Wish I still lived anywhere in California instead of stupid red Indiana...

      One boy against the Stock Market all Wall Street ascream. --Allen Ginsberg, "Elegy Ché Guévara"

      by Anak on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 09:40:36 PM PDT

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    •  That is the county as a whole. It does NOT (24+ / 0-)

      reflect south county.

      I am from OC, lived here my entire life, am 59, played a lot of politics, and I agree with the writer though I live (likely) slightly north of there in the foothill canyons.

      South county is, by and large, whitey white and GOP.

      The area south of Irvine down to San Juan along the I-5 is a relatively new area. Almost all of these areas became cities circa 1990 as massive new development was approved for what was, beautifully, still undeveloped inter coastal areas at the time. It was traumatic to watch as the beautiful areas were demolished one by one, the ridgelines made square and more little square boxes parked atop. You have no idea what was lost unless you were here.

      They are new, expensive, largely white and definitely upper income. And these housing tracts are here because of an all GOP Board of Supervisors and departments overrun with lobbyists and yes-men.

      Unless you GET the politics of OC, it might be best to let the locals call the shots because, I have to say, they are generally right and THEY know their areas.

      There is a necessary caveat in organizing which says that locals should define parameters and their knowledge should lead. Having been an organizer nationally, I support this and suggest that you play nice with people when they offer information about their own communities where THEY live and where THEY read the local news and interact with local politicians.

      If you think for a minute So. OC is even light red, then you need to check the federal legislators and their positions.

       

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 09:54:22 PM PDT

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    •  True. North County is diverse. South County is (12+ / 0-)

      less so, but has a large Asian population in Irvine.  South, south county remains white and majority Republican.  It is a stunning difference form 2008.

    •  if you want deep red, you gotta go to modoc (4+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, elwior, grover, Dretutz

      or lassen county, way up in the northeast corner.

      •  yeah, guess that's not so hot up there. (1+ / 0-)
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        elwior

        here's the 2008 election results for Lassen.

        Prop 8 won there 72/28, but not surprising given the religious make up, I suppose.

        The largest church identifier in the Lassen is the RCC followed by LDS. Seems interesting given the religious identification of the GOP ballot. I can't speak to RCC communities, but I do know most LDS communities are conservative.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 11:06:30 PM PDT

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      •  They're about the same in terms of whom (3+ / 0-)
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        cany, Dretutz, terabthia2

        They vote for, wu ming. And the whitey-whites, as cany calls them, chose to go as far south as possible because it's buffered from the integrated areas. So if you're considered a close friend, you will likely hear racist statements that you may expect in the northeast and parts of the central valley.

        Different economies but  similar  "values" and priorities, so  similar voting patterns.  

        I'd also drop Thousand Oaks/Simi into that special little basket.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 12:57:46 AM PDT

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        •  Exactly. And I hear those comments. Sadly. (0+ / 0-)

          202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

          by cany on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 01:31:26 AM PDT

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    •  The old OC lives in north Idaho and (8+ / 0-)

      Montana now. Before the white flight Idaho had 16 years of Democratic governorship in Andrus and Evans, and 12 years of Frank Church if memory serves. And they weren't moderates, at least not Church and Andrus. Idaho won't be that purple again in my lifetime. Orange county is still flooding in :-(

      There are two types of republicans, the rich and the stupid. The rich ones strive to keep the stupid ones stupid and the stupid ones strive to keep the rich ones rich.

      by frankzappatista on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 11:16:20 PM PDT

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      •  I am sorry (hangs head). (1+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus

        I remember when, in the very early 70s, I moved briefly to Eugene, OR. There were bumperstickers everywhere saying, Don't Californicate Oregon.

        I was young, transient and certainly not a threat. I totally didn't get it for a while. I worked at a Dairy Mart on River Road about a mile and a half from where I lived, on a huge property abutting the Willamette when the paper mill pollution was just, well, unbelievable, and McCall was governor.

        By the time I left, I totally understood what they meant. I wasn't a threat, but certainly there WAS a threat.

        I had never even seen a clear cut until moving there. It was a shock to me.

        It made me understand that pollution and environmental devastation came in many forms, not just the horrid and unhealthful LA Basin air quality with which I was so very familiar.

        Ironically, I have thought of moving to Montana but it's too conservative for me. I am sorry my state refugees have apparently caused that though I am not surprised. Not surprised about Idaho either. I have a second uncle who is nuttier than a fruitcake who moved there from L.A.

        Sorry, sorry, sorry!

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 01:01:39 AM PDT

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      •  Don't forget AZ where many of OC peeps go to (1+ / 0-)
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        retire.  Prescott. Scotsdale

    •  Of course parts of OC (0+ / 0-)

      are deep red, just like parts of Texas, Mississippi, even Utah are deep blue. My comment was in reaction to typifying all of OC as strong Repub. It's not, even though some sections remain so.

  •  soon, rmoney's going to have to be making (6+ / 0-)

    campaign stops in Oklahoma and Utah to be shoring those up for him......

  •  Its happening here too... (21+ / 0-)

    in a deep red county in NC. I've seen several Obama bumperstickers, but almost none for Romney. Now, this is a county where EVERBODY had a Bush/Cheney sticker and where I bitterly rode that election out amongst huge Bush lawn signs. Now? Not. One. Romney. Sign. I've seen exactly three anti-obama stickers. I've seen about seven or eight Ron Paul signs. One is hand made which says "End The Fed." But no Romney signs.

        What that shows is that nobody really gives a fuck about Romney. The might vote for him, but they don't like him enough to buy his stuff.

    Breathe. If you can, you ain't dead yet.

    by Socratic Method on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 09:43:58 PM PDT

  •  It's not really socially acceptable to be (13+ / 0-)

    affiliated with such hateful and extremist views any more in many places.  

    True Republicans have to keep this as a private secret.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 09:47:39 PM PDT

  •  The crazy old winger that lives a few doors from (15+ / 0-)

    me doesn't have any Romney signs in his yard,  In "08" you couldn't see his house for McCain signs.

  •  Irvine (10+ / 0-)

    I live in Irvine and I saw my first Romney bumper sticker yesterday. I saw another today. Ron Paul had a lot of support throughout the winter and spring and I have seen numerous Bush/Cheney and anti-Obama bumper stickers but until yesterday Romney had been shut out.

  •  I have (5+ / 0-)
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    Dretutz, deep, Aunt Pat, elwior, science nerd

    Only seen one Romney sign in a window, when Bush ran in 2000 I saw far too many bumper stickers and signs.  When McCain ran lots of signs, this year?  Really nothing.  

    While my part of CA is pretty blue, we have pockets of righties, but this year they really don't have much to show.  Interesting......

  •  Rec List? First ever. Must be time of day. (6+ / 0-)

    Thanks.

  •  My bad. Too late. (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, elwior
  •  I live in inland North San Diego County (6+ / 0-)

    I live in a VERY red area of San Diego county, our city counsel is controlled by the Tea Party. But it's the same here, I think I've seen a total of 2 Romney bumper stickers in the past few weeks. Nothing like past elections. I've seen more Ron Paul stickers than Romney. As for Obama, I've seen about 8 to 10.

    •  I almost bought some land in Rainbow in a gorgeous (5+ / 0-)

      area. Then I started researching the politics of the area.

      I was really concerned.

      About one mile away from the real estate guy's office, I happened to mention Tom Metzger.

      When the real estate guy said he (Metzger) was really a nice guy, I had a fit. My poor mom and then ex sat in the back seat while I excoriated that real estate guy and told him to turn the fucking car around and that I would NEVER buy a house from an asshole that supported Metzger nor would I want to live in a community that thought this racist asshole was in any way a force of good. I literally went on a tirade (and yeah, the real estate guy really stepped on the gas...).

      As a funny note, my very racist mom (and very non-political ex) were, um, slightly stunned and we had a long, long... VERY long conversation about what was wrong with all of this on the hour and one half trip home with me at the wheel. I minced NO words.

      I'm pretty sure they got the message.  

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 11:19:50 PM PDT

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  •  Surprised (3+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge, Aunt Pat, elwior

    I live in the bluest of blue districts in the SF Bay Area (Barbara Lee is my Rep).  The margin for Obama in my precinct should be 90% or higher (and anyone not voting for him is likely voting Green).  But, the lone Mormon family on my block dutifully has a Romney sign up.  I'm surprised at least the Mormon families in your area aren't doing the same.

    Reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. Richard Feynman

    by mwk on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 10:33:17 PM PDT

  •  I'm in a red collar county in IL (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, elwior, Ckntfld

    And I was driving down the street the other day and it hit me too. Not a single Romney sign. So I got to the house on the corner of block thinking surely they would have their big 4'x4' Romney/Ryan sign (they had the big McCain/Palin in '08). Nothing. Not a single sign. And this lady is big wig in the local goper group in my town. n-o-t-h-i-n-g. Nothing all down my street either. By now, we are swimming in signs. I haven't had any mailers (except from the President) and I am getting RR robocalls & other campaign calls but that is it. No yard signs. Does he want people to buy his signs like the President? Because I'm pretty sure the people around here won't do that. Not for a gazillionaire. People around here have $$$ but they don't advertise it. And I know that the gopers are CHEAP!!! They don't pay for signs....

    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ The Bible says that. Ask Willard aka 'I love America sooo much' Romney

    by yawnimawke on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 10:44:49 PM PDT

    •  Well among volunteers (2+ / 0-)
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      the word is out that signs are the worst use of campaign dollars for a presidential candidate.  There were very few Obama/Biden yard signs in 2008 that were available.

      Personally I have been making good use of my campaign contributions buying a few Obama items to give as door prizes for our larger events.  People really love getting them.  Also once in awhile people who have given contributions through the online store have gifted me something.  I appreciate it a great deal too.

      •  In 2007, I bought 100 Obama signs (3+ / 0-)
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        And gave them to my friends and neighbors, stuck a few down on the main drag through town.

        I had extras,  and I'd give them to people who asked when they walked by my house or stopped as they drove by to ask where I got mine.

        By the time the campaign got heated up, my signs were gone and I couldn't find any locally. But my little town had signs everywhere!!!

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 01:05:25 AM PDT

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      •  That's a great idea. We're going to be having (1+ / 0-)
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        (I learned tonight from a friend who is putting this on and is in cancer treatment) an ofa event here where I live for the debates. The one for the dem convention went very well. I did not go (animals... medication... rescue) but will be there that night.

        People came from a fairly long way away to attend, and we are tiny, so it made folks feel very good! It was a pot luck.

        Not to mention the fact that we have some GREAT cooks here that can really impress in a pinch:)

        So if you are in the OC area or outlying areas, please set the night aside and come here to watch the debates!  We're fun! And weird.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 01:37:48 AM PDT

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      •  That has been true for a very long time, but signs (2+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus, yawnimawke

        are something people like.  Perhaps with the increased polarization, people are more private.

    •  I'm in MA... (0+ / 0-)

      I live in a slightly less blue part of MA and I was depressed driving home from work tonight seeing all the Scott Brown signs in front yards. Usually fairly good sized houses (read: Got mine, up yours!!), and the GOP Rep. running in my district (Jon Golnik). This included neighbor family friends that I had growing up. I'd never seen anything much political from them and certainly didn't think they had any GOP leanings, but lo and behold they had Brown and Golnik on display. (say it isn't so!!!!!!) Same with the alpha male roughnecks who now occupy the house I grew up in. But I already knew goopers had moved into that house. Even still, it's still depressing to see. :(

      But no sign of Romney. Not one! It's not like he was governor here, you know??? :)

      But I've absolutely had enough with this stupid pied piper effect Brown seems to be having on people. They're so entranced by the goddamn TRUCK and the regular guy schtick, they can't see what a colossal phony he is. In my pissed offness, I decided tomorrow I'm finally getting off my butt and donating to Elizabeth Warren's campaign. Hopefully I can get a sticker to put on my car finally, too!

      "If you're looking for somebody with George W. Bush's economic policy, Dick Cheney's foreign policy, and Rick Santorum's social policy, then Mitt Romney's your man." -- James Carville

      by terabthia2 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 08:03:31 PM PDT

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  •  I've seen Romney stickers and Romney events (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    up here in La Canada Flintridge.

  •  I'm in teabag central. (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, elwior

    I live in Joe Walsh's current district, just south of Paul Ryan's district.  There are typically yard signs everywhere this close to an election.  I have seen one.  For a local Republican running for county board.

    Although when driving to the next town over yesterday I did see one Romney-Ryan yard sign.  It was home made.  Apparently they support Romney, but not enough to buy a real yard sign.  It would be one thing if it was some What's the Matter with Kansan...but it was at a horse farm.

  •  Signs are provided by the GOP and campaign, it (5+ / 0-)

    sounds as if they have absolutely no ground campaign outside of the swing states.  It would be interesting to hear from someone from a swing state to see if they see something different.

  •  There's apparently no GOP ground game (3+ / 0-)
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    here in Oklahoma. Not that they need it in this backwards state. Anyway, I have seen a total of two Romney stickers and zero yard signs. There are quite a few Obama stickers and signs around (at least in the semi-blue enclave where I live) and some Ron Paul stickers, but virtually no one seems to be advertising their support for Romney.

    We'll go solidly red as usual, but it looks to me like a whole bunch of people here will be holding their noses in November. Maybe they'll just stay home.

    A little blue dot in a vast sea of red.

    by deha on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 11:29:18 PM PDT

    •  I get the impression... (0+ / 0-)

      ...that people take their life (and the tires on their car) in their hands when they put an Obama sticker on a car in Oklahoma.

      "If you're looking for somebody with George W. Bush's economic policy, Dick Cheney's foreign policy, and Rick Santorum's social policy, then Mitt Romney's your man." -- James Carville

      by terabthia2 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 08:05:27 PM PDT

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  •  LOL (0+ / 0-)

    OC isn't deep red, are you kidding me? Have you SEEN Alabama, Mississippi, and the kooks in Kansas who want to remove Obama from the ballot?

    THAT is deep red, sweetie.

    O.C. barely went to McCain in the last election. Barely.

    •  Ok, I will amend this... (1+ / 0-)
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      I understand there are red pockets in some blue states. Hell, Oregon has some seriously white/red parts to it, in the south of the state.

      That said... sorry, I just cannot compute deep red meaning anything but the Deep South. I grew up in the Deep South, and my sister married into it.

      I just can't fathom the O.C. ever being anywhere near as rabidly conservative as that very strange part of the country. People say Miami is a different country altogether, but I'm sorry... it's nowhere near as weird as the Deep South.

      •  You should take a look at the most conservative (2+ / 0-)
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        cities in the nation, then we can have this discussion.

        In the top 25 most conservative cities, three are in florida, one is in louisiana, three are in texas and six are in california--THREE in orange county (including one in orange county, #10, the city of orange).

        think about that then get back to me.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 01:13:17 AM PDT

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        •  Made my day (1+ / 0-)
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          Oh, hell yes, thanks for making my day.  I had no idea I was on the list, living in one of the wingnuttiest cities in America.  The outcry against the proposed creation of bike paths as a socialist, communist, marxist, anti-colonial  plot against our Judeo-Christian Family VALUES!!!!!! IDIOT!!!!!!! should have tipped me off sooner.

          As if having Jerryworld wasn't enough. We're number 14!  Whooohhoooooo!  At least no Romney yard signs.

          And it’s true: under the gold standard America had no major financial panics other than in 1873, 1884, 1890, 1893, 1907, 1930, 1931, 1932, and 1933. - Krugman

          by BurningFeet on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 07:47:16 AM PDT

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  •  The lack of a Romney campaign presence reflects (1+ / 0-)
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    The absence of a ground game and organization.  You have to turn a polling number into an actual vote at some point and that's what a ground game does.  Romney has wanted to make this election as Obama v. Not Obama.  He has put all of his money into tv ads and has short-changed grass roots efforts except in a few states.  He is running out of money based on his spending clip whereas Obama is increasing his contributions. Obama has the money for ads as well as an extensive field operation.  That's why I think the President will over-perform his poll numbers on election day. Romney might underperform in a number of states.

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    by khyber900 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 12:18:13 AM PDT

  •  In the most recent SUSA poll (2+ / 0-)
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    Obama takes an astounding 15% of California Republicans and nearly a quarter of self-identified conservatives.  That's incredible.  So there may be some defectors in Orange County who look at Romney and his shitshow campaign and want to break out the Shania Twayne "That don't impress me much" song.  

    Check out my new blog: http://socalliberal.wordpress.com/

    by SoCalLiberal on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 12:18:43 AM PDT

    •  Ain't it great?!!!!!!! (0+ / 0-)

      A lot of republicans here can be moderate if you consider Reagan moderate. I don't, but whatever:)

      I likely won't see it in my lifetime (and definitely won't w/o Obamacare) but I hold great hope in the demographic/political changes of the future.

      I really, really, really hope the younger gen can hold on to the beliefs I see and hear that pay almost no attention to gender ID and race.

      When I die, I just want to know that people are people and measured in no other way.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 01:49:21 AM PDT

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  •  I'm not surprised: California is getting more blue (0+ / 0-)

    The big problem is that the California Republican Party is in disarray and the GOP here in the state have not been able to even get close to retaining a majority in the Assembly or the State Senate since the Democrats retained it in 1996.  The Democratic Party in California has such a stranglehold that their operations can't be matched by what the GOP State Party has to offer.  Sure, there are some red areas in California but there is potential for even more ground operations for Democrats to takeover as years pass.

    The way I see it, Stockton is an example of ripe territory for Democrats.  Sure, it's a red part of California and has been inundated with Michael Savage radio for a long time but the city just recently declared bankruptcy and its economy is in shambles.  However, because of redistricting, a new territory has been drawn out for Rep. Jerry Mcnerney to represent and that includes the Stockton area.  In fact, right now the GOP's best hope for California lies in a 25 year old Indian-American kid who is yet another partisan Republican who claims the stimulus bill in 2009 did nothing to reduce unemployment.

    Southern California, including Orange County, is no question becoming less red than it has been in the past.  I hope this spreads down towards San Diego and its surrounding areas, which are among the reddest areas in all of California (not to mention Barstow).

  •  I'll add the Central Coast here (0+ / 0-)

    I've only seen a few Romney stickers and no yard signs.  Maybe a couple dozen Obama stickers.  A few Paul stickers.

    This is a very red area in certain places.  Until the redistricting this year Kevin McCarthy was the Rep and he still has no Dem opponent.  Terry Phillips is an Independent who is challenging him.

    I've talked to several former R's who are now Independents because their party left them.  Just like Charlie Crist feels.  Seems the people left in the CA party are nuts according to them.

    Congressional elections have consequences!

    by Cordyc on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 02:36:05 AM PDT

  •  Funny you should mention this (0+ / 0-)

    I saw a Romney/Ryan bumper sticker yesterday and realized that it is the first that I have seen around here.  There are lots of faded McCain/Palin ones, even a few Bush stickers or worse yet I Miss Bush and plenty anti Obama ones. But yesterday was the first Mitt sticker I have seen around here ... and I live in Oklahoma, granted it is considered a college town and therefore not truly red, but still, it is the middle of Oklahoma.

    "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Liberty without thought is like a disturbed spirit." Kahlil Gibran, 'The Vision'

    by CorinaR on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 03:16:54 AM PDT

  •  LOL - No You don't live in the proverbial center (0+ / 0-)

    of Republican conservatism. I live in Rock Hill, SC. Now... please tell me how you live in the proverbial center of Republican conservatism again...

    There are lots of Romney signs around here and NO Obama signs that I have seen. However, I don't think we have reached the pinnacle of political fervor yet. Wait until after a debate or 2.

  •  My local Tea Party zealot... (2+ / 0-)
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    Dretutz, OleHippieChick

    ...took down his Romney sign this week.

    He had a sign up for Romney since before the Mass. Primary back in March.  At first I thought somebody stole it, but his Scott Brown sign is still there.

    I realized the Romney sign disappeared the afternoon Mitt said he would keep parts of ObamaCare.

    That must have been the last straw.....

    Reality is starting to sink in.....

  •  Enthusiasm is down and this is good for downticket (3+ / 0-)
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    DianeNYS, Odysseus, Tinfoil Hat

    If we can keep em home, we can run up the numbers.

    Those of us working the ground need to work even harder, we need to work like we're ten points behind and make this a blow out.

    "When your opponent is drowning, throw the son of a bitch an anvil."

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 06:27:03 AM PDT

  •  Same here in Kansas (1+ / 0-)
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    DianeNYS

    Just to echo, in South Central Kansas even my very hyper-partisan neighbors don't have a sign out.  It's weird and striking.  No Obama signs either, but it's weird not seeing all of the Republican signs.

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