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Of all places…
2010 was a banner year for the GOP, as the grassroots grew in their direction and got them control of the House (they’ll never admit that the tea party delivered it for them…whatever). The “Conservative Tidal Wave” rolled across the country – and smacked into the Colorado River, bouncing off California.
Yeah, we know disappointment here.
Ventura County, California has always been a more conservative area of So Cal, so it was a relief when Navy Reserve Commander Jeff Gorell, California Assemblyman from California’s 44th State Assembly district, decided to throw his hat into the ring.
Jeff Gorell’s bio can be found here and here, but the quick version is: he’s deployed to Afghanistan twice (in 2001 and again in 2011 – the second time as a sitting Assemblyman), he was a prosecutor with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, and he teaches public policy at California Lutheran University.
The NRCC polls released in the beginning of February showed Brownley as weak:
Brownley only registers 32 percent on whether she deserves reelection. While the president received 54 percent of the vote in 2012, his disapproval is now up at 52 percent. In fact, one of Brownley’s potential opponents, Republican Jeff Gorell, is already beating her in a head-to-head match-up: 44 to 42.
Julia Brownley, CA-26 (PVI, D+4)
Jeff Gorell/Julia Brownley Head to Head
Brownley Job Approval
Deserves reelection: 32%
Someone else: 42%
Check and Balance
Republican check: 48%
Democrat ally: 42%
Obama Job Approval
Harper Polling; January 28-29, 2014; N=586; MOE +/- 4.05%
Polls of course can end up anywhere in months or even weeks, and the June 3 Primary will come up fast in a state where few citizens pay attention to anything but reality shows and 6PM soundbites, but Assemblyman Gorell has what looks like an outstanding change to toss the incumbent Democrat Brownley and return Ventura County to pink from sky blue (doubtful we’ll see red in my lifetime, but anything can happen).
There are other challengers on the GOP side that I’ve seen, but none have any traction to date.
So we have one truly viable candidate, Jeff Gorell, who fought not only crime but also in the war on terror. The incumbent fights in the war on jobs against people who need them, and votes consistently left: voted “No” on the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014 (likes citizens with the IRS boot on their necks, I guess), Voted “No” on H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act (which passed despite her), you can go through the list, she’s leftist.
Gorell’s Assembly voting record shows him to be right of center, but not maybe as far-right as many would like. Even the “Ecovote” people give him a 38% rating, which from scanning thru their concerns seems he gives it a more common sense approach than they’d like.
Find out more here.
You have a group that both main political parties hate: the Tea Party.
No, I don’t mean the hucksters who call themselves “The Tea Party” and collect your money to do God knows what with it. I’m referring to the real tea party. The people who having watched the GOP push amnesty under Bush, then push for massive bailouts (also under Bush), and then, the whole mess under a leftist President going into hyper-drive.
I’m referring to the people who made phone calls when they saw what was happening, walked voting precincts and helped the GOP win a House majority in 2010.
We The People.
Well, the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, the one you’d think would be hoping that same tea party bunch would give him a majority in the Senate here in 2014, just declared war on that same group of people:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) didn’t merely say Tea Party candidates challenging him and other established Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections don’t pose much of a threat.
McConnell’s prediction is arguably more along the lines of fighting words.
“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell told the New York Times. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”
As TheBlaze has extensively reported, McConnell’s most notable opponent is Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who is contrasting himself as a true conservative and blasting McConnell’s conservative credentials.
“Mitch McConnell is clearly in trouble in this primary or he wouldn’t be attacking Matt Bevin and declaring war on conservatives,” the Senate Conservatives Fund’s Matt Hoskins said in the Times’ Saturday story.
See, Mitch and his cohorts, they don’t care to stop the train from crashing, as long as they have a comfortable car to ride in until it does.
Remember when your Democrat leaders said the tea party was an “astroturf” movement, created by the Republican Party to “stop progress”? Yeah, well that was bullshit. She was using proven leftist tactics to marginalize a group of people who are obviously not blind to the fact that both parties are spending America into literal oblivion.
How much time do you really think we have left? It’s not enough to cheer your “team” and curse the other guys. Have you, as a Democrat, ever called your representatives and told them to stop the insane spending?
How about this?
I saw it. I liked it. When I heard there was an ad by Cadillac that had leftists with their hair on fire, I thought it was a different one.
Grow the hell up.
Make things as ominous as possible so any lesser alternative (like Russia annexing Crimea) will look reasonable compared to war.
The crisis in Crimea has been many years in the making, and made it ripe for the taking.
To paint Russian leadership as reactionary, ham-fisted hardliners is to ignore a decade of methodical deployment of soft power techniques, patient construction of fifth columns, and the massive incentives Russia has not to blow the place up.
Focus on Russia’s military is misdirection; it is absolutely important, but the real benefit to brinkmanship is to make other outcomes seem downright reasonable.
In light of recent setbacks, two potential outcomes are both reasonable (when compared to the extremes of military conflict and secession) and advantageous for Russia:
One more quote from the piece, see anything familiar? [My emphasis]
If Crimea is going to pull away from Kyiv’s control to full autonomy, some violence will likely be involved. Paid protests, with a bit of violence at the margins, have been commonplace in Crimea; so there is tested infrastructure for civil unrest. Prompting small groups of young men to make poor decisions is not terribly difficult to engineer.
…and tough to film:
The video was a feat of physical exertion, technical precision and patience. The duo, who repeatedly met up from opposite sides of California, carried roughly 70 pounds of gear to the nearly 9,000-foot top of Half Dome, the distinctive flat peak that soars above Yosemite Valley. Once there, they managed to capture night stars in perfect focus as they swept across the sky as well as the first light breaking over distant peaks.
Hard to believe it’s been two years. Two friggin’ years since Breitbart passed away. Wow.
“I’ve got video from his college days that show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change was sold in 2008 – the videos are going to come out… The video shows Obama meeting “a bunch of silver pony tails” like Bill and Bernardine Dohrn (Weather Underground members), who radicalized him.”
Then he was gone, by the end of that month, a heart attack claimed his life. I have a hunch, had Andrew Breitbart lived, the November elections may have had a different outcome. Breitbart had a way of refocusing media attention, whether they liked it or not.
Franklin Center had a tribute video a year later, but I think I like the job the Red Eye crew did best of all.