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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

CA-48 makes uncharacteristically good posts (two)

Dear Sir or Madame,

I'll give "Sam Seaborn" points when he's deserving. I will. And sometimes I think it takes a fresh pair of eyes to notice certain goings on with the special election.

One: was interesting because I didn't even read the press release that was emailed to me. I'm sure the guys at OC Blog, Hack n Flak, CalRaces, California Campaigns, and here have all been exhausted by the number of press releases we receive from countless campaigns. This, to the point where we don't really read them any more. Most of the elections are over a year away! I didn't even read Campbell's latest press release, but I recognized the headline.

Senate Minority Leader, and early 48th Congressional frontrunner (I wish he still was), Dick Ackerman finally strolled on back as I thought he would to the Campbell Establishment camp and offered his endorsement. Campbell's campaign foolishly didn't make enough of a story out of this. It merits its own press release for those of us still furious at Campbell over his temper trantrum-turned-Congressional candidacy! ACKERMAN ENDORSES JOHN CAMPBELL FOR CONGRESS, ASKS ALL FORMER ACKERMAN FOR CONGRESS SUPPORTERS TO SUPPORT JOHN IN HIS EFFORT! That should have been the headline. Get with the program Gilliard! Get with the program Terry!

The other: interesting point made by Seaborn was that there are roughly 10,000 Jewish (almost always high propensity) voters in the 48th CD and the October 4th special election date falls on Rosh Hashanah. Seaborn presents this news in a stupid way, but I think that's just inevitable. He is, after all, a Dem.

My prediction, with regards to the Jewish vote, is that the Orthodox voters and maybe the Conservative voters won't. And the Reform voters will. That is if the election dates aren't changed. I feel for the Jewish voters in the district (I really really do), but realistically if sociopolitical event schedulers took into account all religions represented in the 48th and augmented their plans to conform with all rituals and holidays we might never have an election. I sincerely hope 48th CD Jews don't feel singled out about the date. Arnold's already denounced and divorced himself from the hateful activities of his father. He's a friend of the Jewish community in California.

UPDATE: Santana at the Register says the number of Jewish voters in the 48th is 100,000. That seems to be too high an estimation. If true, though, it would mean that roughly 20% of likely voters have a religious conflict with the election. That is serious. Here's the link: County braces for costly round of polls.

Yours in liberty,



Blogger NickM said...

We have widespread absentee balloting. Expect it to become very widespread among observant Jewish voters in that district for this election.


Wednesday, August 17, 2005 2:51:00 PM  
Blogger Grumpy Old Man said...

If, as the ACLU argued, black and Latino voters are too stupid to follow simple voting procedures, I suppose someone will argue that Jews are too stupid to vote absentee.

Some clever candidate can actually run an absentee ballot campaign among them. There are computer programs that generate the 100 or however-many most common Jewish names.

Thursday, August 18, 2005 6:14:00 AM  
Blogger AV Watch said...

They'll vote absentee.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005 8:35:00 AM  

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