Miscellaneous observations from my five action-filled hours at Golden Hall tonight.
Oh, and I noticed walking in and out of the hall that the Civic Theater is going big time Andrew Llyod Weber this summer. Phantom of the Opera as a metaphor for the fall campaign? Cats as a metaphor for Democratic party infighting? Hope you enjoy musicals, San Diego.
So, what is it with Ron Paul supporter? Are they: a) really enthusiastic and committed; b) really have no lives; c) are too poor to afford cable so they don’t know their candidate isn’t a candidate for anything anymore; d) are nuts; e) are really nuts; or f) all of the above? Me, I think it is ditto the last two in spades. There were probably as many signs being waved for the Man from Texas via Outer Space as for any of the other (real) candidates.
I enjoyed the Democratic moment when Mike Lumpkin supporters kept screaming “I Like Mike” all night around Duncan Hunter the elder and Little Duncan D. The father-son duo seemed to take it in good humor and stride. Of course, tomorrow Duncan senior will have the Lumpkinites rounded up and sent to Gitmo. My big question is, after this is all over and Mike Lumpkin is soundly thumped by Duncan the younger come fall (and who said America doesn’t like old world style dynasties…), will the Lumpkinites meet up with the Paulies and form their own desperate supporters support group?
(Note to San Diego Democrats: might you get your act together and run the right candidate in the right District – like Mike “I Can Kill You With My Pinkie Because I Was A Seal, Buckoo” Lumpkin, who should have been run in the 50tht against Brian “Never Served But Sure Did Surf A lot, Dude” Bilbray as opposed to Francine “Once A Schoolboard Candidate Always Campaign Like a Schoolboard Candidate” Busby?)
Meanwhile, the excitement level in the hall after nine reached the fevered pitch of an Hometown Buffet’s on senior all-you-can-eat fish night. Oh what a fascination an election that generates a 40% turnout rate has on the voice box of vox populi. Note to San Diego: if you really do want elections that generate a somewhat demographic representation of the city, how about scheduling municipal primaries the same day as the big Presidential primaries, whatever day that might be come spring 2012?
And what is it about Election central that brings out enough quirky characters to fill a half dozen David Mamet plays? Like the 60 something rail-thin biker dude sporting the obligatory American flag bandana around his gray ponytailed head? Or the legions of Libertarians consisting largely of twenty and thirty something white males who look like they just came from a Bund meeting? Though you have to hand it to the Libertarians. What other party would run a candidate for Congress with the handle Dan “Frodo” Litwin. (Who got, as of this writing, 59 of the 25,000 votes cast in the 51st District—presumably from free market/small government hobbits).
Most unfortunate chant of the evening: Todd Gloria supporters chant/singing the golden oldie, “G-L-O-R-I-A GLORIA!” (I’m sure they paid the Warlocks-cum-Grateful Dead for the privilege…). Runner up: the Mike Lumpkin supporters chanting “We Like Mike” forgetting a) he wasn’t a general; and b) he isn’t Ike. But, then, neither is Duncan D.
Most unfortunate statement of the evening: Mike Aguirre mouthpiece Dan McGrath saying, when asked why Mike didn’t spend more money and campaign more for the primary, that Mike tends to fund his own campaigns and has to be careful with his money because he has to plan for his retirement. Uh-huh. Like from being City Attorney which, given that challenger Jan Goldsmith is ahead of him in the returns and given that the other 40% of the vote that didn’t go to him or Judge Jan went to candidates united in only their mutual desire to see him bounced out of office, means that unless the erstwhile embattled CA actually does start to try and mount a modicum of real campaign come the fall is a likely outcome come December?
On to fall. Only 154 days to go until the next election.