Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Democratic Infighting in the 17th: GOP Plans for the Future?

Ro Khanna v. Mike Honda

There has been too little talk about Democratic infighting in California these days. I confess I am guilty of breaking the Eleventh Commandment.

In part because I have an immediate as well as pervasive knowledge of Republican politics and conservative views.

Of course, that does not mean that Democrats and liberals are not eating each other, either?

I have reported on the UC Berkeley petition to ban leftist-playing-libertarian comedian Bill Maher.

Check out what's happening in the 17th Congressional District, too, the South Bay in Northern California.

Ro Khanna, Indian-American and Obama Administration bureaucrat, is running to the left of reliable yet useless liberal Mike Honda.

Honda is the Asian version of Henry Waxman, a fixture in California Democratic politics, an easy left-leaning vote in the House. Unlike the Southern California lawmaker, however, Honda hasn't accomplished much of anything.

He has avoided debates with Khanna, too. According to Breitbart, he set up his campaign office in SEIU headquarters, too.  This incumbent's vote is bought and paid for by the unions.

Honda refuses to move into the district, which has swung west, away from his prior Congressional haunt.

Khanna has been raking in the money, but Honda still has the edge.

Now the two candidates are duking it out for Republican votes. Can this bitter intraparty battle help Silicon Valley Republicans in the future?

Let us recap.

Democrats are going to split on issues because no supermajority lasts forever without individual candidates getting itchy about their influence within the overall caucus. Such is the nature of human ambition in politics.

Gloria Romero, former Democratic state legislator, wants to curb unions and expand school choice. Sounds good to me.

Governor Brown has shown some (some!) reserved judgment and vetoed some horrendous bills from the state legislature.

Democrats are split on what to do about convicted felons, in part because of some of them are convicts or about to be convicted.

The legislature tried to reintroduce academic discrimination, but key votes in the Democratic caucus killed the vote, including Congressional candidate Ted Lieu, who is now running for Congress. He also voted against delaying a vote to expel Roderick Wright. Democrats are also divided over the bullet train and water issues.

So, how can Northern California GOP take advantage of these divisions?

Find out which candidate has done more outreach to the GOP.

Work with that candidate, get his support, and start networking. The bitter results after November 4th will open up opportunities for future Republican candidates to find common ground with Democratic voters on school choice, litigation reform, water storage, prison streamlining, and reforming campaign finance issues.

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