California politics

Hi All, let’s get down to business. We had Carly Fiorina over to our house the other day. We spoke for over an hour. She seems like a reasonable choice for Ca. Senator. We have to get rid of Barbara Boxer. Carly took the lead in the polls recently, what do you think?

  1. outstripp

    one of the great mysteries of western civilization is how someone as unattractive as B. Boxer could get elected to the senate… even democrats must be reaching their limit.

  2. James Poulos
    C
    Mike Murphy: Carly is now leading, by [...] around 12-16 points in private polling. Survey USA was first media poll showing Carly in lead, but more will follow.

    I know folks on every side of this three-cornered contest, and I’ll be interested to see how they react to this apparent decisive shift. What would be remarkable about it, Mike, is that Carly’s campaign has operated so erratically. The strange unease with which the Palin endorsement was received — by fans of Palin and otherwise — reinforces this point. Yet it also underscores that Carly occupies the ground where you’d expect to find a winning Republican candidate, at least in California. Of course, sometimes this catapults a candidate, and sometimes (Mitt) it doesn’t. Given the rat’s nest character of Republican politics in California, it’d be something of a shocker — to me at least — if the theoretically best fusion of principle and practicality actually manifested itself in reality.

  3. Mac Cowan

    Boxer has to go!

  4. Karen

    I have come to truly dislike Boxer after seeing her display of soft bigotry toward Harry C. Alford. “They’d be glad you’re here.” The “Ma’am” line was rude, as well and equally disrespectful. I hope Fiorina has a shot. Good luck to her!

  5. Daniel Frank

    At least Senator isn’t an executive position.

  6. Phil Lebherz
    C

    No doubt about Boxer going, let’s make sure we put the strongest person in the race up against her.

  7. Mike Murphy
    C

    Carly is now leading, by a pretty decent margin; around 12-16 points in private polling. Survey USA was first media poll showing Carly in lead, but more will follow. Campbell now on TV, but somewhat dubious if he’ll have the money to make up the lead. Possible, but unlikely. Early voting now upon us; a big deal since election day in CA is really about 12 days long. Boxer vulnerable this time; should be quite a race.

  8. Rob Long
    C

    Thanks for reminding me: I have to send in my Vote By Mail card. Last primary election I forgot to, which meant I had to walk into my polling place in Venice Beach, request the Republican ballot (they had one, but only one) and vote at a special short-bus-looking voting table, marked “Republicin” (sic) next to the fancy ones marked “Democrat.” So much nicer to pour myself a little drink, sit back in my chair, and vote in comfort for the Republicin of my choice.

  9. John Boyer

    The demon sheep scares me.

  10. Brian

    I wonder, all the way from Hawaii where Djou just took the House seat, how much worse it will need to get in California before more people turn away from the party that has run the state legislature for 40 years (except the assembly for one year). I wonder if there are more right-oriented people stepping up willing to run for local and state position like we are seeing in other states?

    Or am I wrong to think that as things get worse people will turn to conservatism? Clearly it is going to get worse in California without significant change.

    Defeating Boxer would be a key shift that might cause a sea change at the State and Local level, so I hope to see increased activism and willingness to be outward with conservative ideas in California. Talk with your wallet and your time!!

  11. G.A. Dean

    I’ve been represented by Tom Campbell, heard him speak on many occasions and tend to like and support him. No denying his intelligence. The concern is his ability to beat Boxer in a year of rough and tumble politics. She’s a fighter and he’s a professor. Fiorina seems to match-up well, at least on the gender-politics angle, but who knows if she’ll stand up to the challenge. In 1992 Campbell was expected to beat Boxer but lost a close primary to Bruce Herschensohn, who wasn’t as strong a candidate as hoped. So we got Barbara Boxer…

    At this stage the only criteria that matters is the ability to deliver a win in the fall.

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