Mike Huckabee grows his California grassroots

Former Arkansas Governor and 2008 Republican presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee is beefing up his Golden State grassroots, launching a new online headquarters and a Facebook page for California volunteers he’s soliciting to his “Huck PAC,” working nationwide to elect conservatives.

“We have set a goal of registering 100 members in our headquarters by Sunday at midnight. We are 89 members away from reaching that goal. Membership is free and by joining our team of volunteers our grassroots leaders will be able to keep you informed of our efforts in California and nationally and give you the opportunity to pitch in when you can,” he wrote in the e-mail. “We have set a goal of 250 new supporters on Facebook by Sunday at midnight. If you are a Facebook user, please join today!”

The memo said news reports of the “government takeover of health care,” “repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act,” a “cap and tax” approach to climate change and energy policy, and attacks on “the Sanctity of Life” mean “conservative ideas are under assault by the Democrats in Washington.”

“Republicans are on the move and it’s time we all get involved,” he wrote.

And they’d be strong grassroots for a 2012 presidential campaign, too, wouldn’t they?


Poll: Palin ‘top villian,’ Hillary’s ‘3 a.m.’ top ad

Some results from a poll of Campaigns & Elections’ Politics magazine subscribers:

Who would you say was the “Best Villain” of the 2008 election?

  • Sarah Palin 23%
  • Joe Lieberman 17%
  • John Edwards 16%
  • Michelle Bachmann 7%
  • Rudy Giuliani 6%
  • Ron Paul 5%
  • Elizabeth Dole 4%
  • Barack Obama 4%
  • John McCain 3%
  • Other 12%
  • Don’t Know 3%
  • Which of the following political advertisements would you say was the “Best TV spot” of the 2008 election?

  • Hillary Clinton – “3 AM” 31%
  • Barack Obama – “The Moment” 24%
  • John McCain – “Celebrity” 11%
  • Mike Huckabee – “Chuck Norris Approved” 9%
  • Bill Richardson – “Job Interviews” 7%
  • Mitt Romney – “Experience Matters” 3%
  • Republican National Committee – “Storm” 3%
  • Mike Gravel – “Throws a Rock in a Lake” 1%
  • Other 4%
  • Don’t Know 6%
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    Obama wins every Contra Costa city

    Okay, this is wonky statistic but it struck me as interesting: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama won in every single Contra Costa County city, according to the preliminary vote summary from Contra Costa County Elections Division.

    Compare that with 2004 when GOP President George Bush won in Brentwood, Clayton and Danville. Obama appears to have won in these three traditionally Republican leaning cities by substantial margins of 12 to 15 percentage points.

    If you are real political addict, click here and download my spreadsheet showing total votes cast in 2004 and 2004 for each city for Barack Obama and John McCain, and George Bush and John Kerry.

    I didn’t go back to prior years. Does anyone recall whether or not any other presidential candidates won in every city in Contra Costa County?


    Saint Mary’s College to host post-election panel

    Come see me and my colleagues Carla Marinucci from the San Francisco Chronicle and Mark Sandalow from KCBS radio on Monday at 7 p.m. at Saint Mary’s College.

    We’ll be talking about the 2008 presidential campaign and all things to do with elections. It’s a free event open to the public at the college, so come on by.

    Click here for the details at Saint Mary’s College events calendar or read more. Continue Reading


    It’s after 1 a.m. and the news is sinking in

    It’s been a wild ride.

    I started the day at the gym, in part, to ward off the calories I knew would hit the newsroom. It’s tradition here to eat pizza, Chinese food and M&Ms on election night.

    I then began a new tradition of meeting for lunch with some veteran Contra Costa politicos for some off-the-record predictions about national and local races. The most prescient among us win bragging (or gloating) rights until the next election.

    And then I watched the first African-American in this nation’s history become president-elect. It was something many believed could not happen in my lifetime or even the lifetimes of my children and grandchildren.

    Unlike the past several presidential elections, the outcome unfolded quickly, too.

    By 8:01 p.m., the television networks declared Obama the winner. GOP nominee John McCain delivered a very classy concession speech. It was just what I would have expected from McCain.

    I was unable to listen to all of Obama’s short speech because I was busy writing about the early results in congressional district 11 (McNerney vs. Andal) but I am sure I can find it online in at least 3,000 places.

    Now, all eyes will be on the Democrats.

    They will hold power in the White House, Congress and the U.S. Senate, a trifecta that will carry both tremendous responsibility and an extraordinary level of scrutiny. The country faces deep economic uncertainty, growing concerns about climate change and expensive wars on terror that seem to have no end.

    Obama promises change but as the debate during the election showed, voters are far from united on what that means. Meanwhile, near super-human status has been bestowed on this one man — even Obama jokes about it — and he will almost certainly fall short of the expectations of one group or another. Obama has inspired tens of thousands of people to become involved in the process but unlike an emotional election night victory, political successes are usually measured in small incremental steps over many years. Will these new enthusiasts have the patience and the stamina to stick with it over the long haul?

    Tomorrow … make that later today … I will talk with the East Bay members of Congress and find out how they view their jobs in the next two years given the changing political landscape.