Here’s California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro’s statement on what happened tonight:
“While tonight wasn’t the result we had hoped and worked for, it is clear that many Americans are dissatisfied with the president.
“Republicans are losing the prosperity/capitalism argument. The inability of Republicans to make the case, at every level, for tax reform and to successfully articulate that a welfare state can’t succeed and the true engine of growth is a vigorous free enterprise system is at the root of this loss. The core value of our heritage is being lost. We must and can get it back.
“It is now up to Republicans in Congress, who must every day be a real reform party. They must work to offer true reform of government programs and drive the agenda.
“Unfortunately, Governor Romney was not aggressive enough in making this case and that ultimately led to tonight’s disappointing outcome. But with the help of of our committed and tireless volunteers, we can turn this around.
“I would like to thank all of the volunteers here in California and throughout the nation that kept this race so close.”
OK, have at it in the comments, readers – just remember to keep it clean, and avoid personal attacks on each other.
California’s longest-serving poll worker was honored today in San Francisco by Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
Elisa Kennedy, 96, has hosted a polling place in her San Francisco home and/or has worked as a poll worker in nearly every election for the last 75 years, Bowen’s office said. Her service began shortly after she reached eligible voting age and has spanned more than 120 elections.
Kennedy was four and a half years old when the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was ratified.
“A lot has changed in politics and in the world since Elisa first volunteered as a poll worker 75 years ago, but her commitment to democracy and her devotion to her community has remained constant,” Bowen said in a news release issued Tuesday. “The people of San Francisco have been fortunate to have Elisa help elections run smoothly and I am so grateful to her and thousands of others who volunteer to serve as poll workers year after year.”
Bowen presented Kennedy with a medal from the National Association of Secretaries of State; the award recognizes individuals or groups with a record of outstanding service and dedication to elections, civic education, or service to state government.
“It’s been in my blood,” Kennedy said in Bowen’s news release. “I find it very rewarding, in that I’ve met so many people through the years and it’s been a great satisfaction to me. It’s the wonderful people.”
Bowen noted that each statewide election requires a one-day workforce of 100,000 poll workers in more than 24,000 polling places across California. Poll workers help secure ballots, educate voters about their rights, ensure accessibility for voters with disabilities, and more. A poll worker is paid an average of $100 for the day’s work, though rates vary among counties.
Some words of inspiration for those who still haven’t cast a ballot today:
“Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own.”
— Daniel Webster
“I know nothing grander, better exercise, better digestion, more positive proof of the past, the triumphant result of faith in human kind, than a well-contested American national election.”
— Walt Whitman
“We preach the virtues of democracy abroad. We must practice its duties here at home. Voting is the first duty of democracy.”
— President Lyndon B. Johnson
“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
— George Jean Nathan
“Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.”
— Laurence J. Peter, formulator of “the Peter Principle”
It’s Election Day – get out there and vote, if you haven’t already!
California’s polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you haven’t put your vote-by-mail ballot in the mail yet, DON’T – it won’t be counted unless it reaches the registrar’s office by 8 p.m. tonight, and postmarks don’t matter. You can drop it off by hand at any polling place in your county, or at the registrar’s office; don’t forget to sign the outside of the envelope.
If you have any questions about your ballot, your polling place or anything else having to do with this election, contact your county registrar:
Alameda County, www.acgov.org/rov, 510-267-8683
Contra Costa County, www.cocovote.us, 925-335-7800
Marin County, www.marinvotes.org, 415-473-6456
Monterey County, www.montereycountyelections.us, 831-796-1499
Napa County, www.countyofnapa.org/Elections, 707-253-4321
San Francisco, www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=599, 415-554-4375
San Joaquin County, www.sjcrov.org, 209-468-2885
San Mateo County, www.shapethefuture.org, 650-312-5222
Santa Clara County, www.sccvote.org, 408-299-8683
Santa Cruz County, www.votescount.com, 831-454-2060
Solano County, www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov, 707-784-6675
Sonoma County, vote.sonoma-county.org, 707-565-6800
To report election fraud, call the California Secretary of State Office‘s voter hotline: 800-345-8683
President Obama got more than one $5 million offer this week.
The Zebra Pen Company, based in New Jersey, sent a letter to the president Thursday offering to donate $5 million to the charity of his choice if the president will publicly disclose what kind of pen – ballpoint, gel, rollerball, etc. – and what color ink he used in filling out his college application, with “bonus points” offered for presenting the actual pen.
“Mr. President, America needs to know these very ‘important’ details,” the pen company asserted.
But to seal the deal, the company said, the president also would have to name Zebra as the official pen of the commander-in-chief, the White House and the Obama campaign, and do all future bill and treaty signings with the company’s pens.
Why do I report on this craven, self-serving tactic to manipulate politics for publicity’s sake? Because it makes just as much sense as reporting on this week’s other craven, self-serving tactic to manipulate politics for publicity’s sake.
The only difference is that Zebra pens are actually sort of useful.