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What You Need To Know For Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 5, 2014

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Top Story:  Bush Fires The Starting Pistol On 2016

My Thoughts: In case you thought we lived in a leisurely world of politics, Jeb Bush started what will be the earliest kick-off of presidential campaigning ever. My predictions: (1) 2016 will feature the most money ever spent on an election, and (2) it will be called the most important election of all time. That is the nature of politics today and in my upcoming book The Divided Era I explain why that is.

What I Read Today:

Nat'l News:

CA News:


My Election Predictions Report Card:

What Happened On Election Day: Obama was right.  He was not on the ballot but his policies were.

  1. Obama Was Not On The Ballot.  Obama wasn’t and, as a result, the Media, and his constituent voters did not come to his rescue.  In 2012, they could cover for a single candidate. In 2014, they couldn’t cover for the varied and weak Democrat candidates.
  2. Obama’s Policies Were On The Ballot. The Democrat Senators who lost their seats voted for - and therefore lost because - of Obama’s policies.  They couldn’t hide from the results of those bad polices and had to answer for their votes.
  3. And His Approval Ratings Were Too. There simply is no precedent for Senate candidates to run 8+ percentage points better than their sitting president. Obama’s bad ratings, which are a function of his bad policies, hurt the Democrat candidates.
  4. Democrats Bad Strategy.
    • They wasted big money - $50 million – trying to defeat Mitch McConnell.  There was no way in the 6th year of a bad presidency they were going to defeat an incumbent in conservative state hurt by presidential policies.  That was money they should have used elsewhere.
    • Wendy Davis? Really? 
  5. Democrats Bad Campaigning.
    • War on Women?  When the economy is bad social justice is not on the ballot 
    • Obama drowned them out.  The Democrats couldn’t get out from underneath Obama’s shadow.  His bad news drowned out their voices.
    • The Democrats made the gaffes this year.  When the Democrat candidates did get the national spotlight, too often it was because of a gaffe – like Mary Landrieu.  The Republicans, meanwhile, kept their nose clean for a change. 

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My TV Appearance on NewsMax:  What Obama Should Do About ISIS
My Latest in the SacBee:  Jerry Brown Can't Take Credit For Job Growth
My Latest In Forbes:  

My Latest @ The Washington Times: The Obama Way: Litigation Not Leadership

My Op/Eds - Radio Interviews:

Cowbow Logic Interviews: The Way Forward for Republicans

The Morning After: CA Post Primary Election Analysis for State Races

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 4, 2014

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CA Post Primary Election Analysis:

  • Overall - The CA Top 2 Open Primary (pushed by Arnold and Abel Maldonado) wreaked its havoc June 3rd.  I fought against the measure because (1) it disenfrachises 3rd parties (they will have no one on the ballot this fall - meaning hundreds of thousands of 3rd party voters were disenfranchised by Prop 14 - Fla was decided by 35,000 chads), (2) Incumbents tend to do better because large primaries place a premium on $ and name ID, (3) It results in many Fall races with no choice between the parties (see below), and (4) lack of overall choice leads to less voter particpation.  The June 3rd results demonstrate just that.
  • 26 of the 80 CA Assembly seats have already been won by one party or the other (32.5% of the seats) 17 for Democrats/8 for Republicans - 2 more are possible for Democrats as the vote count continues. 14 of those 25 were uncontested races.

What You Need To Know For Tuesday, June 3, 2014

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Feb 3, 2014

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My Latest @  Democrats Suffering From Issue Inequality  

"The real inequality this year, however, will be the lack of winning issues for the Democrats and their leaders’ blatant hypocrisy.  By contrast, there are several issues that strongly favor the Republicans - if they remain principled."

Top Story:  Furor & Anger Grows Over Obama Taliban Exchange

Bergdahl Messages Troubling - Pentagon Knew of Whereabouts - Didn't Want to Risk Anymore for Deserter

My Thoughts:  The Obama Taliban Trade will go down in infamy.  The 5 he gave back to them are among the most murderous of them all.  They will go back to that.  We will know of their carnage.  It is staggering to think anyone thought this was a "deal."

Must Read: 

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CA News:

My Latest Op/Eds - Radio Interviews:

Cowbow Logic Interviews: The Way Forward for Republicans

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Good Foreign Policy

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Sep 3, 2013

Two Wrongs Don't Make A Good Foreign Policy

 A Way for the President To Make a Difference in Syria & Restore American Prestige  

by Thomas Del Beccaro

By all accounts, the President has mishandled Syria.  By extension, the United States has as well. The Syrian question highlights the difficulty of the post-Cold War era.  The world of foreign affairs is no longer a binary question of who to follow.  Indeed, the ability of the United States and the Soviet Union to control international events continues to diminish in the age of non-state terrorism.  [read more]

The 5 Steps in the DOMA Decision That Will Overturn all Traditional Marriage Laws.

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 27, 2013

The 5 Steps in the DOMA Decision That Will Overturn all Traditional Marriage Laws

My goal of  my writing is to place events in historical context - to let you see the part, in light of the whole, as Will Durant would say. With that understanding . . . 

I am not surprised with the decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This nation began as a country in which federal law started where state law ended - not the other way around. States were to be the incubators and center of our laws.  

What You Need To Know - Friday, June 28, 2013

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 11, 2013

My Thought for Today:  The omnibus Senate Immigration Bill is filled with problems just like ObamaCare was.  The Republicans in the House need to expose those problems if they want to defeat.  They cannot pass something so we can find out what is in it.

Top Story:  Senate approves Immigration overhaul

Must Read: Obama's Crisis driven 2nd term

CA News: Walters:  Budget won't end fiscal mess

My Latest in Forbes:  California's Anti-Fracking Idealogues Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth -  The world knows of California’s unemployment, spending and budget problems.  With over $1 trillion in public debt, it’s unlikely California will be able to right its fiscal ship.  Amazingly, a giant gift was laid at California’s doorstep in the form of giant oil fields accessible by fracking.  Rather than promote the budget soothing jobs and the tax revenue that comes with it, California Democrats have lined up to stop it.

My Latest in Forbes: "In The Divided Era, The US Becomes England"

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Mar 22, 2013

My Latest in Forbes: "In The Divided Era, The US Becomes England"

Now that our government is very much less tethered, the stakes of our elections are growing and will continue to grow significantly. If our President can now determine which businesses to support, our elections matter much more. If our President can determine which industries to take over, in whole or in part, then our elections matter much, much more – and, along this way, we have come to resemble England – the country from whom we fought to not be.

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What You Need to Know - Friday, March 22, 2013

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jan 24, 2013

My Thoughts For Today:

#1 In the Top Story - Republicans vow to get to the bottom of Benghazi - given the nature of what occurred, it's good to see Republicans fighting on - Democrats are used to Republicans walking away from controversies over fear of backlash.

#2 Dems are so fiscally irresponsible that even a motion for a balanced budget is too much for them.

#3 CA voters are turning on big spending Sacramento projects such as the water bond and high speed rail - what will they do when the Dems want a tax increase for public employee pensions?

Top Story: Republicans Not Giving Up on Benghazi Inquiry

Must Read: Mona Charen: Republicans Should Prepare for the Collapse of Obamacare

Nat'l News:  Senate Dems Unite to Defeat Balanced Budget Motion - House approves Ryan Budget - Senate Rejects It

CA News: Unfunded pension liabilities for Teachers catching lawmakers attention

My Latest In Forbes:  Republicans Need A Smart Action Plan, Not Just Words -- The New Left Only Cares About Power, Not People -- Barack Obama Is No Ronald Reagan - He is the Worst of FD --- Jerry Brown Still Treating California's Jobless Like Unwanted Stepchildren ---  Republicans, Sun Tzu & Obama's Fiscal Cliff Victory

The Divided Era & the 2012 Election

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Oct 10, 2012

Please share this column - it addresses the growing partisanship in America and provides a framework for why and how we got here.

The Divided Era & The 2012 election