November 8, 2005

Vote Early, Vote Often!

Hatched by Dafydd

All of the polls on the important California ballot inititatives have turned south, but I'm not buying their turnout models. For one thing, the idea that Californians would vote down an initiative to require that before minors can get an abortion, they merely have to notify (not even get permission from!) their parents is troubling to me. Well, we'll see how it turns out.

There are two initiatives that are worth the entire rest of the ballot put together: Proposition 75 (paycheck protection) and Proposition 77 (redistricting reform). The first is slightly leading or trailing, depending on the poll, and will definitely be decided on turnout: if we do better than expected, we'll win this one!

Prop 77 is dicier: it will take every concerned Republican to go and vote for us to pull this one out... but arguably, it would have been a slam-dunk, were it not for the lying, tendentious campaign against it. A campaign that was so scurrilous and tricky, it actually sucked in some well-known neocons to rail against the silly caricature of Proposition 77 that the Left put out... including David Horowitz as the prime "useful idiot!"

Horowitz was somehow led to believe that it was "judicial activism" to allow retired judges to draw the proposed district lines -- which would then have to be approved by a vote of the people before it could be used. I understand now why Horowitz was so easy to convince that in the 1960s that Marxism was the wave of the future: he's just plain gullible.

All we need to do is beat expectations, and we'll win this election. If we live down to the sniggering presumption that Republican bumpuses won't bother to show up and vote -- I guess we're too busy picking fleas out of each others' hairy pelts and peeling bananas with our feet -- then we'll lose. It's as simple as that.

But even if you are a Democrat, you should vote for both of these: why should unions be able to extort dues from members then use them to promote policies and candidates that the member hates? That's just plain nuts. Vote YES on Proposition 75 to force the unions to get prior written consent before using a member's dues for that purpose. That is as fair as can be.

And second, right now, your vote counts for nothing -- even if you are a Democrat! This is because right now, there is exactly zero incentive for any strong challengers in this intensely gerrymandered legislature. It makes no difference how you vote; they don't need to listen to you, and they don't care about you.

They don't have to care: their seats are all assured. In 2004, despite scores of seats up for "election," not one single seat changed parties!

Vote YES on Proposition 77 -- erase all these "safe" seats and bring back competitive districts, as God and the Founders intended.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, November 8, 2005, at the time of 6:32 AM

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The following hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist

Vote YES on Proposition 77 -- erase all these "safe" seats and bring back competitive districts, as God and the Founders intended.

If the Dems lose seats in California, then they will make the Texas Dems look like kitty-kats. As in every registered Republican in the State of California will be charged with a crime.

The above hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 8, 2005 4:09 PM

The following hissed in response by: yonason

''How Democrats Steal Elections - Top 10 Methods of Liberal Vote Fraud''

Over-Voting. (New York Post, 12/09/00).

Dead Voters. (Miami-Herald, 12/24/00).

Mystery Voters. (Miami-Herald 1/09/01)

Military ballots. Many of these votes were disqualified for the most mundane and trivial reasons. At least 1,527 valid military ballots were discarded in Florida by Democratic vote counters (Drudge Report, 11/19/00).

Criminals.. (Miami-Herald 12/01/00)

Illegal aliens. (Christian Science Monitor, 9/2/97).

Vote-buying. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 11/14/00).

Phantom Voters. (Behind the Headlines, F.R. Duplantier, 4/27/97).

Dimpled chads. ( 11/27, 12/22, 11/18, 11/19/00).

Absentee ballots. (FL Dept. of Law Enforcement Report, 1/5/98).

The above hissed in response by: yonason [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 10, 2005 11:35 AM

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