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Issa faces Democratic challenger in new 49th

Source: OC Register

Republican incumbent for the 49th Congressional District, Darrell Issa, and the real estate broker challenging him for his congressional seat this election cycle share the same hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. But finding similarities between their political beliefs is another story.

Democrat Jerry Tetalman has lived in Carlsbad since 1997 and plans on running a grassroots campaign against Issa. Issa is the second richest man in Congress, with his assets totaling roughly $240 million as of 2011. Even with the new district lines the party registration is 43 percent Republican and 29 percent Democrat.

Tetalman believes he has a fighting chance despite Issa’s incumbency and monetary advantage, and the GOP voter registration advantage.

“I think if you look at the richest man in Congress you have a disconnect between the average person that is working for a living who is not an investor,” Tetalman said. “I see he is really out of touch with the average person and their needs, he doesn’t represent the interest of working class people.”

Read more: http://totalbuzz.ocregister.com/2012/03/26/issa-faces-democratic-challenger-in-new-49th/83492/

You can help Tetalman through ACT BLUE here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/entity/27812?refcode=directory

I have talked with him on the phone and Tetalman is going hard, working full time to give Issa a run.

His website is here:


Dear Republicans, only 157 days until "Etch A Sketch Day"

On September 1st the Republican convention will be over, the delegates will be safely out of Tampa and the Romney campaign will have one big shake, shake, shake and you, like us, will find out exactly why Mitt Romney is running for President and what policies he intends to put in front of the American people, especially independents, to convince them that he really had little to do with the guy that had to spend so much time in the mud with those 'crazy Republican extremists'. He was 'running for President' for goodness sake.

A funny thing happened on this thread about trying to 'divine' "Why Mitt Romney is Running for President". It got a few recs, a few replies and over 5500 views. I am really curious how many of those views were from outside of DU regulars. Seems to have hit a nerve. In fact three people with no previous experience on DU joined just to express their opinions (strangely similar) that any discussion of Mormon/Political nexus was "Psycho-historical fantasy","conspiracy stories about minority groups" and "psychobabble".

We know that there are freepers, cave dwellers, and others from the other side of the aisle who watch what is posted here pretty closely but now we have Mormon friendly supporters of Mitt Romney who have joined in watching, and are particularly interested in trying to beat down anything that appears to discredit the political motivations of certain Mormons to advance a Presidential campaign.

To the former group of freepers, cave dwellers and other conservatives who blog and watch what happens at DU we commiserate with you. You have no clearer idea what this Republican Presidential Campaign is going to be about than we do. You have even less reason to trust the man that will lead your party in the campaign and for the next 4 years than we do. What will he do to try and attract women? What will he say about DOMA? What about Afghanistan? He doesn't seem to have any real ties with the military, do you think that he might offer a radical cut to balance the budget? When faced with an Electoral College landslide what will he do for his Game Change? Maybe he will do a big sommersalt on taxes and shake everyone up by asking for a 5% surtax on the super rich.

The only thing that is certain is that the platform that he is running on now will be a disaster. So he is going to 'Etch A Sketch' it away.

September 1st 2012, "Etch A Sketch Day" the day that we all begin to find out exactly what the Republicans think that they bought actually is. Kind of like a Christmas present exchange at the office; you know how much you paid you just have no idea what you are going to get.

I am already working on my special contribution, one that is sure to delight all of those cowering at anyone who raises questions about the Mormon/Political nexus. Going to be fun.

Finally an issue that Mirr Romney cares enough to fight for: an elevator for his cars.

In the same day two news reports that need to be put into juxtaposition.

First Romney is going to slash government services and budgets but isn't going to tell us what:

Mitt Romney wants to eliminate government programs and shutter cabinet agencies. Doing so, he says, is “the critical thing” that needs to be done in order to bring government books back into balance and to begin restoring the promise of America. “Actually eliminating programs is the most important way to keep Congress from stuffing the money back into them,” he told me in a 30-minute interview on March 21. It’s a smart answer and a deeply conservative one.


Romney . . .is reluctant to get specific about the programs he would like to kill.

“One of the things I found in a short campaign against Ted Kennedy was that when I said, for instance, that I wanted to eliminate the Department of Education, that was used to suggest I don’t care about education,” Romney recalled. “ . . .there will be departments and agencies that will either be eliminated . . . The answer is yes, but I’m not going to give you a list . . .”

However this is not to say that Romney doesn't have passion about certain things and isn't willing to fight in what he believes in;

Mitt Romney believes deeply in luxury basements


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has filed an application to replace a single-story 3,000-square-foot beach house in La Jolla, Calif., with a 7,400-square-foot home with an additional 3,600 square feet of finished underground space, according to public records. A representative declined to comment. Tony Crisafi, one of the project's architects, declined to comment on Mr. Romney's motivations but says that these days, most of his clients want to be discreet about the scale of their home, and one way to do that is "by pushing things underground."

Romney is willing to "fight like hell so my cars can have their own elevators"

SAN DIEGO — At Mitt Romney’s proposed California beach house, the cars will have their own separate elevator.

There’s also a planned outdoor shower and a 3,600-square foot basement — a room with more floor space than the existing home’s entire living quarters.

Those are just some of the amenities planned for the massive renovation of the Romneys’ home in the tony La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego, according to plans on file with the city.

A project this ambitious comes with another feature you don’t always find with the typical fixer-upper: its own lobbyist, hired by Romney to push the plan through the approval process.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74518.html#ixzz1qKriaZyn

And they say this man has no passion

We Cannot Repeal/We Cannot Replace

Idiocy defined. Romney in San Diego yesterday. Why San Diego? He isn't going to compete in California but his campaign (not the PAC is running out of money). They always use the most meaningless slogans. In this case they doubled down. There isn't going to be any repeal and they don't have anything to replace it with.


1) A President cannot repeal a law (and you will never get 60 senators to agree to repeal it)

2) You have NOTHING to replace it with.

The sign should say

We Cannot Repeal/We Cannot Replace

From the Romney "people", "Toons for Romney" = idiocy you have to see to believe.

From the "How Stupid Do These People Think We Are?" Department;

The Romney campaign is getting roasted in editorial cartoons almost since its inception so out pops MittFitts.com: "Toons for Romney – is a grassroots effort to support the candidacy of Governor Mitt Romney for President in 2012."

First some examples from people who are working to get Romney elected:

Here is the entire gallery: http://mittfitts.com/mittfitts-cartoon-gallery/

Now the site's owners state that they are an entirely 'grassroots' campaign with 'no' affiliation to the Romney campaign. The site has high expensive production value, sophisticated lay out and archeticture, elaborate RSS feeds, elaborate guest tracking, sophisticated legal advise, professional comic book artists formerly working for DC Comics and now illustrating for the LDS Church.

They purport to be 'grassroots' with no connection to the Romney campaign. All net proceeds from the site go to "are donated to the Romney for President campaign or affiliated Political Action Committees."

Right. No affilitation with the campaign.

In any case two mind numbing alternatives.

The first is that this is (98% probability) the off shoot of one of their PACs brainstorming sessions with their PR/Advertising people and they think that this kind of crappola is the kind of stuff that is going to get any traction with the American public at all.

The other is that this is (2% probability) the result of a bunch of guys from Romney's actual 'grass roots' campaign getting together.

Either possibility and the actual exeuction of the site is nauseating in either interpretation, ridiculous in their conception, profoundly idiotic in their substance, devoid of any humor at any point and if widely distributed absolutely counter productive to getting normal Americans to support their candidate.

Just how stupid do they think the American Public is?

The one thing that Romney just can't shake out of his Etch A Sketch Gaffecentric campaign

The Republican Party is going to have to Etch A Sketch the entire primary away. Consider the irony that Newt Gingrich is the stablizing mature sensible voice in a campaign where Romney and Santorum can't go three days straight without a major gaffe

The CDC to investigate whether or not 'Palinitis' is a contagious disease.

Dewey Cheetham

With today's Super Gaffe "Romney is an Etch a Sketch" and "were going to take back everything we said after the nomination" and yesterday's Santorum Super Gaffe" "I don't care about the unemployment number" serious minds have to wonder whether or not the mind numbing insularity and bizzare penchant for self immolation on the campaign trail is in fact a contagious disease that has run amok among Presidential contenders.

A careful epidomological study has begun by the CDC to see who has had contact with what Republican nominees/celebrity gadflys. In order to trace the progress of the disease epidomologists are going back to the first candidate who showed full blown Palinitis, Michelle Backmann, and trace to see how this insidious disease is being spread among Republican politicians/and psuedo politician hucksters.

The strain is seen as morphing radically as different Republicans are showing different but still related symptoms: Governors McDonnell (forced ultrasound), Daniels (right to work), Scott (too many symptoms to list), Walker (public union busting) all seem to have been infected. More and more Senators and Congressman, Ryan (repeating the disastorous elimination of Medicare), Sterns (birther guy) all seem to indicate that this is a particular virulent strain of a brain reducing virus that seems to attack a Republicans ability to process normal human thoughts.

Some early attempts at screening have shown alarming results: A whopping 63% of Republican politicians tested were unaware that Ammendment 19 to the Constitution gave women the right to vote. An even larger percent, 78% were unaware that most Americans enjoyed sexual activity and relied on birth control prescriptions in order to enjoy more frequent sexual activity. Over 53% of the test group could not identify OPEC or what they did and were convinced that the President set the nation's gas prices at the daily staff meeting. Most surprising in the results were 84% of those tested stated that the Iraq war achieved "Mission Accomplished" status withing 6 months of initial hostilities, that massive stocks of WMD were found and that a war with Iran would take more or less than 6-9 months with the main obstacle for our troops trying to get the deliriously happy Iranian population to return to normal day to day activity after the first bombs started to fall on Tehran.

Leading CDC scientists said that they expected that the results of their studies should be completed around the second week of November.

William Kristol, "We are so screwed".

No he didn't use those words but Mr. Kristol isn't getting any Matthews like "thrill going up (his) leg" in today's article titled, ironically "Feeling Blue".


Watching Mitt Romney's victory speech in Illinois didn't reassure me about his chances against President Obama. (Watch it yourself to see if I'm being unfair.) Romney's remarks consisted basically of the claim that the business of America is business, that he's a businessman who understands business, and that we need "economic freedom" not for the sake of freedom but to allow business to fuel the economy. It's true that Romney will have plenty of time to improve for the general election, if, as seems likely (but still not inevitable!), he wins the nomination

About that "time to improve" thingy Bill, he's had 5 years to improve. Might say that Romney is learning curve impaired.

The 7%ers. The people who are beyond human reason.

We all know one or two. Some of us have inlaws like it. We have all had or known one teacher who fit the description.

Now we know that the percent of the population in the US that is completely beyond normal human emotion and completely irrational.

In a recent PPP poll they asked all the normal questions and then asked if putting your dog on the roof for a long car ride was humane and so on.

The 9th question was


Mitt Romney once strapped his dog’s kennel to
the roof of his car for a long car trip. Does this
make you more or less likely to vote for him, or
does it not make a difference?
More likely....................................................... 7%
Less likely ....................................................... 35%
Doesn't make a difference .............................. 55%
Not sure .......................................................... 2%

I can understand people saying it doesn't make a difference, or being unsure, but how f***** up do you have to be to say that is one of the things that actually makes it more likely to vote for somebody?

Revised Prediction for the Rep. Primary: Bitterness, Gnashing of teeth, Years of Recrimination.

Early on based on the new proportional delegate rules, an appreciation of just how terrible Romney is as a candidate, and familiarity with just how much the Evangelicals distrust Mormons I predicted a brokered convention.

While the NYT Times and others are coming closer to my original prediction, and I still would hope that is the case and think it will be very close, a closer look at the half way mark, I revise my prediction;

I now predict that it will go down to the wire and though Santorum will coalesce the anti Romney vote and get some big victories in Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia and maybe even California, it won't be decided until the very last state. There will be Bitterness, Gnashing of Teeth and Years of Recrimination. Lots of quotes from the Bible too.

DemconWatch, now DemocraticConventionWatch, reports that at the half way point (that's right this clowns are approaching half time) Romney has only 40% of the delegates.

Details here: http://www.democraticconventionwatch.com/diary/5229/official-rnc-delegate-count

The totals are

Romney 416
Santorum 170
Gingrich 133
Paul 26
Unbound 304

While still rooting for a classic donnybrook at the Republican convention it actually looks like Romney is going to just squeak in before the bell.

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is a three day fight with Credentials Committee at the Republican Convention where every slate of delegates is challenged by large well founded groups of lawyers. Well the other thing is I would like the Republicans to take atleast 118 ballots to decide on their nominee, and I have been a really good boy all year long.

But if I can't have that could you please arrange it so that one side gains momentum and almost takes out the rich establishment droid but that it comes down to the very last state, and that state will determine whether or not there is a great and lasting fissure in the Republican Party that would last for years ?


While Romney's 40% and his declining momentum would SEEM to indicate that he will fall short the real story is the stunning incompetence of Santorum. Wikipedia shows that Santorum is doing better the longer the process goes on;


Early Contests Romney 8, Santorum 4, Gingrich 1
Super Tuesday Romney 7, Santorum 3, Gingrich 1
Mid March Romney 5, Santorum 3, and Ron Paul 1 (evidently he won the Virgin Islands)

It appears that Romney is slowing and that as we get into April where the rules switch back to winner take all, the non Romney faction would seem to be able to stall Romney short of the 1144 needed before the convention.

There are two problems.

The first is: Santorum is an idiot. His campaign never mastered the arcane rules of delegate husbanding that requires that you register delegates in each state by the particular rules of each state so in some places he will win votes and lose delegates. The second is his hubristic centric campaign where he is so determined not to pander that he goes out of the way to antagonize people. He goes to Puerto Rico and insults their fidelity to Spanish and ends up giving Romney all of the delegates, where if he had stayed and insulted the Puerto Ricans from Illinois he would have improved his chances.

The second problem is that after Illinois and Louisiana the Republicans return to winner take all either by state or congressional districts.

Here is the fucking irony.

It could very well come down to the last Primary.

The future leader of the Republican Party could very well be determined by the votes in the last winner take all primary. The other side will be embittered and angry. If Romney loses now then Mormons and his supporters will have a permanent mark of rejection on their soul. If Santorum loses the Evangelicals and the anti Romney MAJORITY of the Republican Party will be bitter.

My latest prediction; Bitterness and gnashing of teeth with anger and recriminations for years to come.

It will come down to that last final vote in a winner take all.

On June 26th the Republican Primary process ends with one final state.


And some people say that there is no such thing as a Santa Clause.

Its begining to look a lot like Christmas.
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