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Editorial

February 7, 2013

A peek ahead at the 2014 mid-term election, House edition

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For conservative residents of northwest Orange County still smarting over redistricting that dumped them in a liberal-majority Congressional district that sent Alan Lowenthal (D-CA47) to Washington, D.C., a recent assessment by Alan I. Abramowitz of general prospects for Republican candidates in California made in the context of a 2012 northern California House race is discouraging (emphasis added):

Bad 2012 investment worth ignoring (NRCC): Jerry McNerney (CA-9) — National Republicans explored dislodging several Democratic Golden State incumbents, but they spent the most — nearly $2.5 million — against McNerney, who ended up winning by 11 points. The GOP could once again target California, hoping for a backlash that could win them back some of the four net seats they lost there in 2012, but the Republican brand is just plain lousy in diverse, liberal California.

Conservative activists should tailor their arguments to be favorably heard by today’s electorate — “diverse, liberal California.”

Conservative policy is sound. Supporters of conservative policy need to rework and reword their arguments in support of that policy so that support will grow.

A fortress mentality will not work when the walls have been breached by redistricting.

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Shelley Henderson is a reformed computer and networking geek turned freelance writer. Now she only fixes her own networks and computers. That leaves time for writing, and writing and more writing. And editing the Orange County Breeze. Shelley most enjoys visiting and finding out about local businesses to write business profiles that allow our communities to learn more about their local businesses and the people who own and run them. If you own or manage a business in our coverage area and would like to invite Shelley to write a business profile, let us know.




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