If the turnout for Jerry Brown’s ‘Rally For Action’ at the Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles today, is any indication of the true level of support for Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer and a host of Democrat hopefuls, then Jerry’s headed into retirement, and we can all call Barbara Boxer ‘M’am’ without incurring her wrath.
According to an email from former Los Angeles City Attorney Candidate David Berger, there were “more candidates, elected officials, media and staffers than supporters.” Berger said he stumbled upon the sparsely attended “Rally” by chance as he was walking to his office from a meeting. “I saw about 6 media vans outside the Central Library and wondered what was going on,” Berger said. “When I found out it was a Rally for Jerry Brown I was shocked at how few people were there, perhaps 150 at most, and most of them looked like they were campaign workers.”
Berger opined that “there may have been around 20 or 30 supporters, but I think a few of them were Japanese tourists.” Berger commented that the tourists took photos but were not sure of the nature of the event. “I told them it was a celebration for a new Starbucks opening up, and they nodded enthusiastically.” Berger said.
At around 2pm the LA Slimes checked the Los Angeles Times “L.A. NOW” news blog, and found a report indicating that there was a “Boisterous Rally” for Jerry Brown and other Democrat candidates, and that there was “a crowd of roughly 200” outside the Central Library. Curiously, when we went back to the LA Times, the story had vanished from their “Breaking News L.A. NOW news blog, perhaps because of the obviously embarrassingly low turnout. After much searching we later found the story buried in the PolitiCal Section.
If there is a grain of truth in the LA Times’ use of the word “boisterous” it might relate to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Never one to miss a good photo op, according to Berger, he “made a complete fool of himself” screaming ‘Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!’ while everyone else “appeared quite nonplussed and mumbled support. It was painful.” Berger said.
We are not ones for conspiracy theories, but it really does look like the LA Times choose to bury a story that does not fit the manipulated polls showing Brown and Boxer so far ahead of Republican challengers Whitman and Fiorina.
Winning Los Angeles is crucial for any candidate, and if the turnout today is indicative of the true level of support for Brown, Boxer and the rest, then tomorrow’s election could mean a very bleak future for Democrats, and perhaps some awkward questions about how much we can trust those who deliver opinion polls.
Voting starts at 8:00am tomorrow, Tuesday, November 2, 2010. First results are expected at around 8:05pm when the count of mail-in ballots are typically released.
Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, the centrist Republican candidate for Attorney General, is widely expected to do well in the mail-in ballots, as his opponent, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris could not afford to start her attack-ad campaign in earnest until last week.
Harris, who boasts of herself as the “Female Obama” has apparently closed the gap to Cooley in the last few days, but few take her seriously as an Attorney General given the numerous scandals that point to her ineptitude and lack of comprehension of complex legal issues, like the constitutional requirement to turn over evidence to the defense.