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BYE BYE POMBO!!!!!!!

WHOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RICHARD POMBO IS OUTTA HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

While I am somewhat disappointed with my fellow Calfornians on the way some of the initiative votes turned out, I am so so so so so THRILLED that we managed to get Richard Pombo - notorious enemy of the environment, and all-around dodgy character as far as I'm concerned - out of office! There was some concern that McNerney was too liberal to win in what's traditionally a pretty conservative part of the state (not the Bay Area in general, but this particular district), but he did it!!!!! *does gigantic happy dance* Score one for the field mice! This, btw, is a reference to one of Pombo's ads against McNerney, which featured the Democrat holding a mouse, and Pombo's campaign stating something like, "McNerney cares more about this mouse than he does about your rights," (or some such rubbish) because McNerney doesn't agree with Pombo's desire to rape the Endangered Species Act. Did I mention that Pombo has been leading the drive to open up Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling? And did I mention that I'm THRILLED that he was voted out of office? :D :D :D

Also, I was pleased to see that some of the Green Party candidates got what I'd call a respectable percentage of the vote. In a state where less than one percent of voters are registered Green, in many races, we got 2 percent of the vote. Okay, so we're not winning elections yet, but you've gotta start somewhere.

YAY! NO MORE POMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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syrinxkat
Nov. 8th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
I ran a relay leg of the San Francisco Marathon w/ McNerney's brother, John. We've all been following this race really closely on my running listserv. What a fabulous day for California politics. Jerry's a great guy!
here_be_dragons
Nov. 8th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
Cool! You know, when I decided to vote for him, I didn't know much about him at all. I just knew that I was going to vote for whomever had the best chance of getting Pombo out of office, since he's been on my shitlist for a long time now. The Green Party didn't have a candidate in this race, but even if they would have, I'd have voted for McNerney. But the more I learn about McNerney, the more I really like him. He sounds like someone who is not afraid to take a real stand on issues, particularly the environment which is one of my high priorities, and I think we need a lot more of that in our government.

YAY! And very cool that you know his brother. The outcome of this one race really made my day today. :)
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happy_potterer
Nov. 8th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
the drive to open up Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling

Oh, man. He's got lots of company on that one. What part of "wildlife refuge" is so hard to understand?
here_be_dragons
Nov. 8th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
I know. It boggles the mind. Okay, so I get that developers make their money by bulding things on land that didn't have buildings on it previously. And I get that we're so in love with our crazy consumptive society and SUVs that we can't imagine a world without oil. But I just don't understand how people can be so shortsighted not to realize that eventually, we'll have USED UP all the pristine land and natural resources. That is a given, if we keep going the way we're going. And maybe it would be smart to change what we're doing before we destroy and uglify the whole planet. I guess Pombo and his ilk figure they won't be around long enough for that, and they plan to leave their kids enough money so that they, presumably, can live in areas that might still have some natural beauty. But it pisses me off. A lot. (Preaching to the choir, of course). :D

At least Californians did manage to do something to protect our own coastline yesterday. We weren't willing to go all the way with energy (and why no cigarette tax? For pete's sake, that' a no-brainer for me), but at least it's a start. :)
happy_potterer
Nov. 8th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
You know, it really says it all that even voters who supported Prop. 86 thought of it primarily as a cigarette tax. The point of the proposition was to provide universal health care for children, and the way it was to be funded was with a cigarette tax. But the main point should've been the health care. A group at church, our chapter of Peninsula Interfaith Action, was working hard on this one. I'll have to send them a sympathy card . . . same with the woman who got very impassioned about Prop. 89, the "Clean Money" issue.

Oh, speaking of church, there's a workshop on Saturday I bet you'd love: "Ten Spiritual Practices for Busy Parents," by the author of Buddha Mom. I won't be there, but it's because I'll be leading something else the same morning, so we could get together afterwards . . . ?

Anyway, check it out.
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synergy
Nov. 8th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
happy dancing all around
Any environmental rapists put out of office sounds good to me. :)

The good news to me is that the Secretary of Defense Descruction of Civilization As We Know It it out!!!! *happy dance*
here_be_dragons
Nov. 8th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: happy dancing all around
Yeah, it seems that, on the whole, the American people done good yesterday. Not across the board, but we did take some steps in the right direction. :D
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synergy
Nov. 8th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: happy dancing all around
I seemed to be having issues with typing the letter T and C today. LOL
edda
Nov. 8th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
YES.
here_be_dragons
Nov. 9th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, we did better than you guys did! *blows raspberries regarding the gay marriage issue*

Of course, we did plenty of our own stupid things. PLENTY of stupid things, mostly involving creating HUGE amounts of bond debt for really badly-worked-out plans to do, um, various thing around the state. YAY, nothing like leaving our grandchildren to foot the bill, right?

Still. I AM happy about Pombo. My little corner of the world actually might have made a difference yesterday. :D
syrinxkat
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'm cautiously optimistic about Rumsfeld, but I fear who the replacement may be. I don't exactly trust this administration w/ the ability to find the best person for the job, y'know?
joyliveshere
Nov. 9th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
Actually, they're very good at finding the best person for the job. It's the job descriptions they come up with that are the problem. Secretary of Long, Useless, Expense War; Vice President of Oil Company Profits; Undersecretary of Taking from the Poor and Giving to the Rich; Director of Scary Secret Agency; Secretary of Taking Away our Civil Liberties; Chief Justice of Ignoring the Constitution; Director of Environmental Destruction...
hedwig_snowy
Nov. 9th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
So, I was wondering, what do you think of Pombo? :)

Well, the Green party almost cost Webb Virginia and cost Gore Fl in 2000. It's unfortunate that you can't have a viable third-party candidate in much of the country. And, since they would normally take votes from Democrats, I'm not a fan (even though I voted for Nader in 1996) unless they have a good shot of winning or the Dem has no shot at losing. Not fair, but that's the way life is here for the foreseeable future...until people realize that Conservatism will never be a viable political option because of the way it eats away at itself...

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/11/8/65421/0091

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's off to the Hague Rumsfeld will go...
here_be_dragons
Nov. 9th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
Well, the Green party almost cost Webb Virginia and cost Gore Fl in 2000.

To which I would reply: I voted for Kerry in 2004, and it didn't make a bit of difference. After that, I decided that from now on, I'm voting my conscience unless I feel *very* strongly that the only way to get someone I hate out of office is to vote Dem. My voting for Camejo isn't what tipped the balance in Arnie's favor, and frankly, I'm sick of voting for people I don't really like, just because they're the lesser of two evils. (Which is what I did with Kerry. I didn't believe in him, but I voted for him anyway. If I had it to do again, I'd vote differently).

So, saying that the Green Party "cost" someone an election kind of rubs me the wrong way. Because I believe that if everyone voted his or her conscience (not to mention just voted, period), maybe we'd be in a better place. I certainly don't think it's fair to put the blame on those of us who vote Green, for "siphoning" votes away. Even if it's true, I think it's pretty cheeky to suggest that we should vote diferently. (And maybe that's not what you were suggesting. If so, in the words of Roseanne Rosannadanna, "Never-mind." :D :D :D :D). But no dissing the Greens in MY journal, buster! ;)

Honestly, in a way I do understand what you're saying (and obviously I'm capable of voting for a candidate I think has a chance of winning if I think it really matters). But I also think that it might matter even more to vote for the person who really is aligned with my own personal values. Since, um, that's kind of the point of our system. At least that's what I thought the point was. :D
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conradin
Nov. 9th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
I must say, one does feel a little safer knowing that there are now some restraints on what George can do...
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