Primer on Primaries
It seems to me that Say No To Pombo has become a discussion list for the Democratic Primary. That is all well and good, but it does not recognize that there are two chances to take Pombo out. The first comes in the Republican Primary. However, as we look at this election, we have to make sure that both primaries deliver the best result. There are many who think that a McNerney - McCloskey general election would be a true win-win for the district. They may be right.
So, I would like to change the focus of this discussion to the idea that what happens in the Republican Primary is perhaps more important than what happens in the Democratic Primary, except to died in the wool some colored (blue or yellow) dog Democrats. Were McCloskey to win the Republican Primary would we change the name of this blog to "Vote McCloskey Down"? I don't think so. Maybe even PomboWatch would go away, having fulfilled it's purpose.
So, the true question is one of how to make sure that this election provides two chances to vote Pombo Out? One way to do that is to make sure that McCloskey gets his full audience, rather than ignoring him.
McCloskey is the one veteran in this race who is raising the issue that Pombo has voted for sending more troops to Iraq and then has failed every single time to support delivering the medical and health care that our veterans need. The VFW has given him a zero rating in terms of his votes for the past two years. He even voted against an ammendment that would increase funding for prosthesis research to better aid those who come back from Iraq or Afghanistan missing a leg or an arm. According to Nick Juliano in the Tracy Press, McCloskey is taking this issue to every veterans organization in the district. He was talking to the VFW in Morgan Hill this week.
Where the hell was the Democratic who says that his being a veteran will make him a better candidate? It looks like Filson has baild out on veterans just like Pombo. If he is truly a vet, he should be taking the same issue as McCloskey, supporting the effort to get rid of Pombo. Meanwhile, all that Pombo can do is to say he is helping build a visitor center for the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. Pombo is offering image over substance. McCloskey called him on it. Go gettem Pete.
I think that I have just given you a clue in two races. One, that McCloskey knows how to win a battle. The other is should be a clue as to how to vote in the Democratic Primary. Both primaries are important. Let's not short change one while we play games with the other. Let's get both primaries out of the clubs and on to the streets. That is what it will take. Remember, Pombo's campaign manager, Wayne Johnson, is good enough to get Pombo elected the first time when the TV stations did not even have his name on the election results board. He is very good at what he does.