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Chris Christie calls Jerry Brown ‘an old retread’

Media including the Los Angeles Times are reporting on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s tirade against California Gov. Jerry Brown this morning as he addressed California’s delegation to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.:

“California made the bad choice by going with an old retread,” Christie told California’s delegation to the Republican National Convention here, a crowd that lapped up his message. “Let me tell you this – I cannot believe you people elected Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman. … Jerry Brown. Jerry Brown? I mean, he won the New Jersey presidential primary over Jimmy Carter when I was 14 years old.”

Christie said the 74-year-old, three-term governor told him that he’s not trying to raise taxes, that he is allowing voters to decide by putting a tax proposal on the ballot.

“Man, that’s leadership, isn’t it?” Christie said.

Seems like my story in today’s editions about California being a popular GOP punching bag was timely, no?

A few observations: Christie governs a state that doesn’t require two-thirds majorities of both houses of the Legislature in order to raise taxes. California’s GDP grew by 2 percent last year, while New Jersey’s shrank by -0.5 percent. And Meg Whitman now presides over Hewlett-Packard, which last week reported its largest-ever quarterly loss – $8.9 billion – and is stumbling dangerously, according to the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek.

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California Dems to elect party delegates

The deadline to file as a delegate candidate to the California Democratic Party’s 2009 state convention is Dec. 31 at noon. Click here for an online application.

Party members will gather at caucuses to elect 12 representatives per each of the state’s 80 Assembly districts on Jan. 10-11. Click here for the caucus schedule.

The party will select its platform, elect its leaders, vote on other party issues and generally gloat about its 2008 election successes on April 24-26, 2009, in Sacramento.

Sans the gloating, the state Republican Party will also hold a convention in Sacramento this spring — Feb. 20-22. Click here for the GOP convention web site.

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Check out ‘Triumph The Insult Comic Dog’

A colleague sent this link to me and it is one of the funniest bits of political TV humor I have seen this campaign season.

Watch Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a cigar-smoking puppet at the Republican National Convention who nipped just about everybody including Karl Rove. My favorite line is when Triumph expresses admiration that newcaster Wolf Blitzer kept his “porn name.”

Be forewarned: It’s a bit raunchy and not appropriate for young children.

Click here to go to Laughing Squid and see links to both of Triumph’s reports from the RNC.

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Craig’s lawyer calls ‘foot-tapping’ protected free speech

So, now foot-tapping is protected by the First Amendment. What’s next? Nose-scratching? Coughing?

CNN’s Political Ticker blog reports that lawyers for Idaho Sen. Larry Craig argued in court today that foot-tapping — the infamous alleged sex solicitation signal between Craig and an undercover cop in a Minneapolis-St. Paul men’s airport bathroom — is free speech. Craig is asking the court to throw out his 2007 guilty plea.

I was recently in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to attend the Republican National Convention. There was a a bit of talk about sending me to find the bathroom and write about it. I didn’t.

For one, I couldn’t go into the men’s bathroom without attracting law enforcement attention. Two, it’s not like Craig is still there. Three, the airport has a lot of bathrooms and it hasn’t put up an identifying plaque on THE bathroom door, such as the “The Foot Tapper Crapper.”

But if you really, really want to see it what the door looks like, check out my intrepid colleague Carla Marinucci’s blog at the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Post GOP convention: WC delegate sends pictures

Buddy Burke and Donna Brazile at the CNN Grille in St. Paul at the Republican National Convention

Buddy Burke and Donna Brazile at the CNN Grille in St. Paul at the Republican National Convention

As an alternate to the alternate, McCain delegate Buddy Burke found out very late that he could go to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul last week.

But it didn’t stop him from making a new friend: Democratic Party super-delegate and CNN commentator Donna Brazile.

He even sent over pictures to prove his stories:

Buddy Burke of Walnut Creek at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Buddy Burke of Walnut Creek at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

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Post-convention update: Local bloggers

I somehow missed these emails about local blogs amongst the many I received while I was on the road at the two political conventions.

Jeff Nibert, an Obama delegate from Pleasanton, blogged on his convention experiences at   http://kephalos.blogspot.com

You can also read Obama delegate and Tracy resident Lea Austin’s blog at http://www.leaslagniappe.blogspot.com/

If I had it to do over again – dare we even think about 2012? — I would definitely do a better job of promoting the local bloggers. I also suspect that a lot more people will be blogging in four years as the technology becomes more familiar to more people.