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San Diego is really, really bad news for Democrats
American Thinker ^ | 02/13/2014 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 02/13/2014 6:06:40 AM PST by SeekAndFind

San Diego, the eight-largest city in America, elected a Republican as mayor by a 9% margin that surprised all the "experts," 54.5% to 45.5%. Republican city councilman Kevin Faulconer defeated Democratic Councilman David Alvarez in a city that has been trending both Democratic and Hispanic.

There are two hard lessons for the Democrats here in the election.

Lesson one, as noted by John Fund of NRO,

"..the vaunted Obama election model - flood the zone with negative attack ads and excite the base of the Democratic party - flopped. Faulconer defeated fellow City Council member David Alvarez by nine points in a city that Barack Obama carried by 63 percent to 37 percent only 15 months ago.

Democrats were stunned at the margin. In the November open primary, Democrats had won 54 percent of the ballots cast and were convinced they could win the runoff between Faulconer and Alvarez.

In the wake of Obamacare's very public and ongoing disaster, it is going to be harder for Democrats to excite their base and drive turnout. With a key mid-term election this year, that is terrible news for the Democrats. The election (and re-election) of The First Black President is no longer on the table. The best the Democrats can come up with in 2014 and 2016 is going to be demonization of the GOP, their perennial means of asking voters to ignore their own shortcomings."

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: democrats; elections; mayorelection; sandiego

1 posted on 02/13/2014 6:06:40 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t believe the hype. Scott Walker’s recall election was supposed to be bad news for the Marxist in 2012.


2 posted on 02/13/2014 6:11:18 AM PST by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: BlueStateRightist

Rino’s are experts at snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


3 posted on 02/13/2014 6:12:22 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: SeekAndFind
You can only really go to the “War on Women” well for only so many times.

That doesn't hide long term joblessness, losing your health insurance...ect

4 posted on 02/13/2014 6:14:51 AM PST by LMAO (Insurgent conservative)
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To: LMAO

With all the hype the democrats tried selling, they can not run away from the bubble only they created!


5 posted on 02/13/2014 6:16:36 AM PST by SIRTRIS
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t care who wins or loses .. special elections, etc mean NOTHING. I don’t care if the Dim had won. It means NOTHING when it comes to the National stage and elections. Like the one post says here, the Walker recall election was supposed to be a big deal and hurt the Dims. It meant NOTHING.

The problem with reading the tea leaves in little snap shots as evidence of a bigger issue is, well .. they aren’t and then everyone acts surprised. It’s how the GOP elite rules ... they tell us that something is big, we believe it and do their bidding. Yeah that is a WAY oversimplification but you get my drift. Saying this means something is right up there with saying that Elway doesn’t play well in the cold but he sure plays well in above freezing so the Broncos will win the Super Bowl.


6 posted on 02/13/2014 6:20:18 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind
The Democrats ran against Herbert Hoover until the 1960s. To a great degree, that tactic worked, as they held onto the White House for five election cycles and controlled the Senate from 1932 to 1980, and the House from 1930 to 1994, with the exception of the 1946 off-year cycle. Clinton ran against George H.W. Bush and won two terms. Obama ran against George W. Bush, irrespective of the actual RINO opponent he faced, and won two terms.

The San Diego mayoral election was largely driven by local issues, including a disgraced Democrat incumbent who was caught up in a sexual harassment scandal. Don't read it as an omen, good or bad.

7 posted on 02/13/2014 6:23:50 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: SeekAndFind

For a large city in a liberal state, San Diego has a lot of conservatives. Most people think “California” and assume everyone there is Dem. You have to remember, San Diego is the largest US city that borders Mexico. Only when San Diego complained about illegal immigration did people like Duncan Hunter act and build a wall along California. Call them moderate, but they do have a breaking point. This election is another show of that.


8 posted on 02/13/2014 6:37:36 AM PST by Marko413
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To: SeekAndFind

This was a non-partisan special election, in by far the most right-leaning large city in California, in which the Republican ran on a scrupulously moderate platform and the Democrat conspicuously wed himself to public employee unions and Mexican nationalism ... and still got 45% of the vote. A conservative who takes much satisfaction from this win is kidding himself.


9 posted on 02/13/2014 6:39:22 AM PST by only1percent
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To: SeekAndFind

The Democrats cannot concede the election just yet - there just HAS to be a recount, and the recounts have to be continued until the Democrat is a winner by at least three votes.


10 posted on 02/13/2014 6:40:06 AM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: SeekAndFind
This seems to be the trend.

The more local the election, the better Republicans do.

I think Republicans hold the majority of Governorships and state legislators.

Let's hope this trend continues.

While we continue to be sold out by national Republicans like John Boner and Miotch McConnell, they don't even realize the ground is shifting beneath them.

I, for one, am going to enjoy the crap out of the look on their faces when the floor falls beneath them.

11 posted on 02/13/2014 6:42:16 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: only1percent

Well summarized. In the San Diego of just 20 years ago, Faulconer would have won by 50 points.


12 posted on 02/13/2014 6:42:37 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: RIghtwardHo

“... the Walker recall election was supposed to be a big deal and hurt the Dims. It meant NOTHING.”

It did to the people in WI and the teachers union that were gutted by it!


13 posted on 02/13/2014 6:43:33 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh really? What happened in Virginia?


14 posted on 02/13/2014 6:52:15 AM PST by MSF BU (n)
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To: BlueStateRightist

I’ve heard some of the GOP strategerists explain that away as “well, the Dems don’t have another Barack Obama up their sleeve.”

I hope that’s it.


15 posted on 02/13/2014 6:54:54 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MSF BU
What happened in Virginia?

NoVA has been assimilated into the Borg Collective of D.C.


16 posted on 02/13/2014 6:56:38 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Mr. Jeeves

In the 1988 election, Bush carried San Diego County by a vote of 523,143 to 333,264 for Dukakis.


17 posted on 02/13/2014 6:56:52 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: MSF BU

I think the SD election was a straight up 2 person race.

The Dem strategy that worked in Va (and a good number of other locations) includes funding a libertarian candidate to bleed R votes and win with a Clintonian plurality.

The Dems understand the entitlement army won’t vote for anybody but a gravy dispenser. Where the non-Dem votes aren’t nearly as united in purpose.


18 posted on 02/13/2014 7:00:05 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: BlueStateRightist

You are smart to point this out. I believe the Chicago Fraud Machine has gone nationwide. Ann Coulter wrote a column this month regarding the demographic challenge Republicans have. And OUR leadership seems bereft of doing ANYTHING to excite the base.

I don’t think it is impossible, but this is not going to be a cakewalk.

When I heard the Republican governor of Nevada was GIVING UP on enforcing the WRITTEN LAW banning sodomite “marriage” in his state, I got sick to my stomach. The LAW ought to be enforced. Obama’s habit of picking and choosing what laws to enforce (including his own piece of crap Death Panel Law) seems to be spreading to other entities.

This means, essentially, that there IS NO LAW.  


19 posted on 02/13/2014 7:02:57 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind; All

Interesting. Thanks for posting. Informative thread BUMP!


20 posted on 02/13/2014 7:03:29 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Kartographer

People are sick of the Demsocrat/Progressive failures—and they only place to protest is the GOP. Now we must make this a time to charge—and hope its not like the Charge of the Light Brigade or Picketts Charge.


21 posted on 02/13/2014 7:14:01 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Marko413

It is also full of active and retired military members; NOT a good base to develop a the liberal voter.


22 posted on 02/13/2014 7:22:15 AM PST by MSF BU (n)
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To: SoFloFreeper

[This means, essentially, that there IS NO LAW.]

Michael Cannon in a House Judiciary committee hearing said:

“That is certainly something that no one wants to contemplate. If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws, then they will conclude that neither are they.”

Cannon said it is “very dangerous” for the president to “wantonly ignore the laws, to try to impose obligations upon people that the legislature did not approve.”

MUST WATCH!

http://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/michael-f-cannon-testifies-house-judiciary-committee-presidential


23 posted on 02/13/2014 7:26:39 AM PST by infool7 (The ugly truth is just a big lie.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cannot read too much into this particular election. SD has a long history of electing GOP mayors.

The primary source of GOP weakness in recent decades is its miserable performance in nearly all of the nation’s major metropolitan areas. A trend which needs to reversed if the Party wants to start winning presidential elections.

It should also be noted that off year and midterm elections are very different from presidential election years. The turnout is generally lower, the voters more committed, the electorate somewhat whiter and older than is the case in presidential elections, therefore more Republican leaning.


24 posted on 02/13/2014 7:29:28 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: BlueStateRightist

It would have been if Mitch and Boner hadn’t got the inventor of Obamacare nominated!!


25 posted on 02/13/2014 7:30:24 AM PST by ontap
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To: MSF BU
Oh really? What happened in Virginia?

The GOP hung Cuccinelli out to dry. I don't think they would have acted any differently than if they had been secretly working for a McAuliffe victory.

26 posted on 02/13/2014 7:40:59 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

The sad truth, I’m sorry to say, is that VA has been trending blue. BHO carried the state twice. The state as two liberal Dem US Senators. The huge increase in the size of the federal government and a huge increase of liberals in Northern VA has no doubt contributed to this trend.


27 posted on 02/13/2014 7:49:32 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: SeekAndFind

In the November open primary, Democrats had won 54 percent of the ballots cast and were convinced they could win the runoff between Faulconer and Alvarez.
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See? This is why we have to get people like Cornyn and McConnell in a run-off and the rest will be history.


28 posted on 02/13/2014 8:13:43 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Cuccinelli lost by a couple of percentage points. If he didn’t have the rug pulled out from under him and if the GOP controlled state government had cracked down on Democrat vote fraud then Cuccinelli would have won easily. The GOP would rather lose to the Democrat than allow a conservative to win.


29 posted on 02/13/2014 8:37:24 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Which means the state has flipped until the parasites are once again unemployed.


30 posted on 02/13/2014 8:46:01 AM PST by MSF BU (n)
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To: only1percent

While not as large as San Diego but still a major city, Fresno has elected a string of Republican mayors over the past couple of decades. Among them was actor Alan Autry. The current Republican mayor Ashley Swearengin won with 55% in her first election and was re-elected to her second term with 75%. Interestingly, Fresno actually has a higher percentage of Hispanics than does San Diego (47% vs. 29%).


31 posted on 02/13/2014 4:22:37 PM PST by hout8475
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To: Wallace T.
The Democrats ran against Herbert Hoover until the 1960s. To a great degree, that tactic worked, as they held onto the White House for five election cycles and controlled the Senate from 1932 to 1980, and the House from 1930 to 1994

Everyone in America...especially the Pubbies ought to CHAMPION these facts...!!

What has happened to America from the 30's to the 90's????

32 posted on 02/13/2014 4:28:20 PM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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