The U.S. Senate houses much of the nation's political "aristocracy." Senators have great power and visibility, much more concentrated than in the House of Representatives, where members represent less than a quarter of the people that a Senator does. The Senate also confirms key judicial positions, treaties, makes laws with the House and can even remove a President after the House impeaches one.
The Senate has been mostly under control of the Democrats since WWII. The Democrat supermajority over several years enabled them to ram through Obamacare and much else very damaging legislation and appointments, including Sotomayer, Kagan, Geithner and more, although RINO's assisted with that.
The 2010 election greatly reduced that Democrat majority, which may be eliminated, if the oposition plays its cards right in 2012. However, it would be a very hollow victory if RINO's are put in place of Democrats.
Although this forum discussion is for the California race, key strategic races in other states are equally important and more likely to be won by candidates with priorities closer to Tea party interests.
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She has the endorsements of Steve Brandau, Central Valley Tea Party and Bridget Melson, Founder, CA Golden State TEA Party. I have no idea of what is going on.
What's going on is that she's running dead last. Maybe a few million of superpac funds and thousands of volunteer worker bees can get er up to 5th or 6th place. Does Meg Whitman have anything left after the 2010 campaign?
I believe this is a signal that GOP may have conceded to Feinstein, throwing in a sacrificial lamb. If they got trounced by Boxer, it will be even harder against Feinstein, who is no idiot like Boxer, even if she is far left. Did you see who's in the lead?
I don't know where to look but I'll guess:
Take CA Senate Poll- OC Register
Now, I ask you- can you think of any other candidates-- I mean ANY-- who would dare do what Taitz is doing?
The CRA ignored their own party's RINO endorsement, Emken and also ignored the top candidate in the polls, Orly Taitz.-- G.M.
At the Ventura county Tea Party endorsing dinner the other night I had not had enough information on all the Senate canididates to recommend and endorsement. I am liking Al Ramirez. He is a formet Texan and practicing Catholic. Stick it to Obama Al !!!!!
He's one of the better ones. The Repubs made a huge mistake endorsing Emken. The CRA did better endorsing Ramirez, although I don't see how any of the candidates have a chance. None have money, organization or name recognition. Well, Taitz has some of the latter, but personal experience convinces me she's the wrong horse to bet on.
If there is ever an endorsement that should be the kiss of death, Orrin Hatch has now received it.
Liberal Republican turned Democrat and generally nauseating person Arlen Specter has endorsed Orrin Hatch.
If Specter thinks someone is a good choice for any elective office, including elementary school PTA, that is a certain indication that individual is not someone we want in office.
From the Daily Caller:
It’s probably not the endorsement that incumbent Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch needs right now, as the Republican is locked up in a primary challenge from Dan Liljenquist. But Saturday on Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC show, former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, the co-author of “Life Among the Cannibals: A Political Career, a Tea Party Uprising, and the End of Governing As We Know It,” pleaded with Utah voters to keep their senior senator.
Specter told Harris-Perry that the current climate in Washington, D.C. isn’t lending itself to electoral success for moderate incumbents, which he said has been the focus of a crusade outlined in his book.
“No, that is what is happening in Washington today. … [It] happened again in the last few days when Sen. Dick Lugar was cannibalized,” Specter said. “Cannibals are devouring senators. If you don’t follow orthodoxy, vote the party line right down the line, if you have a 93 percent conservative voting record like Bob Bennett in Utah — that is not conservative enough.”
Specter pointed to other elections which a GOP “establishment” candidate lost — or almost lost — to a tea party candidate. He asked Utah voters to keep Hatch in the U.S. Senate and avoid repeating that pattern.
Can we be blunt? Specter is an idiot.
However, Orrin Hatch has been in Washington for 35 years. That is way too long. Hatch is a part of the problem. He has voted for major big government programs and has been far too willing to help liberals by “reaching across the aisle.”
Dan Liljenquist is a great young conservative who is running to replace Hatch. Hatch has been part of the problem in Washington for too long.
You can help Dan Liljenquist win in Utah and put another Tea Party Senator in office. His website is here.
Taitz Continues to Surprise in CA Senatorial Polling
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RE: Data for Survey of 500 Likely Voters in California’s Open Primary
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California Survey of 500 Likely Voters
Conducted May 9, 2012
By Pulse Opinion Research
1* If the election for U.S. Senator from California were held today for whom would you vote?
10% Republican Doctor, Attorney and Businesswomen Orly Taitz
6% Republican Businessman and CPA Greg Conlon
41% Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein
3% Republican businessman Al Ramirez
2% Republican Educator, Author and Businessman Nachum Shifren
3% Democratic Consumer Attorney Mike Strimling
6% Republican Business Attorney Rick Williams
6% Republican Businesswomen and Non-Profit Executive Elizabeth Emken
5% Some other candidate
17% Not sure
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence
|California Survey of 500 Likely Voters|
|Conducted May 9, 2012 By Pulse Opinion Research|
|Total||Gender||Age||Race||Party||Ideology||Married||Children at Home||Income|
|LV's||Male||Female||18-39||40-64||65+||White||Black||Other||Republican||Democrat||Other||Conservative||Moderate||Liberal||Not sure||Yes||No||Yes||No||Under $20K||$20K-$40K||$40K-$60K||$60K-$75K||$75K-$100K||$100K+|
|2012 California Open Primary for Senate||Orly Taitz||10%||14%||7%||17%||5%||7%||7%||1%||21%||16%||1%||16%||18%||11%||1%||0%||13%||6%||14%||8%||12%||6%||10%||8%||20%||8%|
|Some other candidate||5%||6%||4%||6%||4%||4%||5%||4%||5%||3%||3%||9%||5%||4%||5%||23%||4%||6%||4%||5%||10%||1%||3%||5%||5%||3%|