How The West Was Won... And Lost

PictureMail(Proudly cross-posted at C4O)

This week has been nothing short of amazing! Barack Obama will be our next President. More and better Democrats will be going to Congress. The electoral map has undergone a major blue shift.

So why has this whole experience been bittersweet at best for me? Well, all is not well in my own home state. So what can we celebrate and what must we fix? Let me share with you the story of this election from behind the scenes.

Nvd9

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My Final Plea

(Cross-posted at C4O)

Sometimes, I feel so alone. My house is the only one on my street with an Obama sign and a No on Prop 8 (the marriage ban) sign. I see McBush-Failin signs all over the neighborhood across the park from mine. I see the Christianists (aka radical right fundamentalists) put up signs in support of the marriage ban all over my neighborhood. Sometimes, I just want to cry because I feel so alone.

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From R troglodyte to a Better Democrat: Flipping CA-46

One of the joys of 2008: there are too many good races, too many viable opportunities to turn Red districts Blue on the electoral map. Sadly, on Kos' latest map of the Western US, one of the opportunities that we all should be banding together to make a reality remains red.  In CA-46, we have a true progressive, Debbie Cook, is facing a die-hard troglodyte, global-warming denying, immigrant bashing, etc ... Dana Rohrabacher who might be "the biggest blithering idiot" on the Hill.  

In the past few weeks, this race has tightened. We are talking within measure of error.  Debbie doesn't have DCCC behind her but she does have us.  A few $XX.01s could help to flip a district which would, in this case, shift from deep (corrupt) red representation to truly a "better Democrat".

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The Battleground in My Backyard

Lw1

(Proudly cross-posted at C4O)

Nervous yet? I know I am. It's crazy enough having to follow the Presidential Election 24/7. But for me and my friends & family here in California, we have even more on our minds!

We have a Congressional race to win. We have an evil, discriminatory
ballot initiative to defeat
. And of course, we have a community, a county, and a country to take back!

Let me tell you about what I did last weekend to make all of this happen.

Lw3

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CA-46, The photo that should end this now

I know, don't you hate that when people get so melodramatic with campaigns?  I do, I've seen far too many posts here about the one thing Palin or McCain has done or said that just ends it all, right now!  It doesn't.

But this photo for me, should be spread far and wide in California's 46th district because it represents the contempt that Republicans have for their constituents.  Dana Rohrabacher's smug and cold stare at his opponent gave me the chills.

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