Van Nuys, California — Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer will be the one most likely be facing challenges from Republicans who really want to oust the Democratic incumbent. Republicans are using a variety of “get out the vote” messages to rally support for the potential opponent; the only real way Republicans consider their challenger has a shot is if they can refine their message and all get behind one candidate.
It seems that the Republicans message is a little off this time in our country’s history. Yes, while there are many Republicans who feel that now is their moment and that they are being robbed of their true America by Democrats and President Obama, the message is really the thing they need to keep up with. Republicans all need to be speaking the same language this fall or Boxer is going to win this contest by a landslide. The incumbent is already favored, but it would seem that if the Republicans would all get behind one candidate, they would have a much greater potential to win the senate seat.
What’s at Stake: Senate seats need to be held and/or won back from both parties in order to regain some kind of an upper hand. For the Republicans, it’s a bit of a no-brainer; for Democrats, the same is true. The matter of having enough Senate presence is made even more urgent by Barack Obama wanting to pass legislation which requires a majority of votes from the Democratic Party.
Republicans Off-Message: The three Republican challengers in the preliminary senate race are Carly Fiorina, Chuck DeVore and Tom Campbell. In the early running against Barbara Boxer, these three are having a hard time unifying their message against the Democrats. While Republicans are fed up with Obama and fed up with the Democrats, it seems that if they are going to win the Boxer’s seat, the three potential challengers need to go easy on the attacks against one another and all get on message. You’re not going to inspire anyone out to the polls by being too extreme in any direction.
Carly Fiorina: A longtime businesswoman and recent pol, Carly Fiorina was once one of the most powerful women in business. She’s used this leverage to push her extreme conservative ideals like supporting CA Proposition 8 (denying same sex couples marriage rights) and Fiorina herself has not voted all that much, which she’s readily admitted. If you don’t play the game, then why are you even running for office? Fiorina is also denying science in her stance against climate change and many of her other stances will cast moderate swing voters and independents askance. Fiorina seems to have been a better businesswoman than a politician; if she really cared about her party’s issues, she should probably get out of the race soon.
Tom Campbell: A lawyer, Tom Campbell is a less popular candidate and probably will not win the Republican nomination to go up against Boxer. Campbell was originally going to run for governor but has decided instead to focus his energies on the Senate seat. Campbell is not a name with which many Californians are familiar and his views seem bland and untapped. Just a scan over his U.S. Senate website and his positions leaves this voter more confused and upset than anything else. What do you believe Tom Campbell? Yes, job creation is important; what are you going to do about it? Yes, the deficit is large; what are you going to do about it? Yes, illegal immigration and health care are two big issues for California and for the country; so what are your plans for action? From his own website, it seems more about garnering support, money and getting people to the Tom Campbell events than anything else.
Chuck DeVore: This candidate may be more known for his legal battles with Don Henley over DeVore parodies of the singer’s songs than anything else, but right now Chuck DeVore is in a dead heat with Carly Fiorina for the Republican nomination. But this is where it gets tricky; DeVore was recently endorsed by these “Tea Party Republicans;” you’ve heard about this Tea Party Movement? These folks are crazy, and the fact that DeVore shares the lead and is endorsed by these crazies would lead one to believe that DeVore has no real chance with swing voters or disgruntled Democrats. Moreover, Fiorina and DeVore have been quibbling among each other; not really representing a good strong backbone for either one of these candidates. How can DeVore turn around and support Fiorina after digging in at her weeks earlier and vice versa? This would seem to be the Republicans’ biggest challenge in winning Boxer’s seat — getting on unified message.
Will Republicans dethrone the incumbent in the fall elections for senate seats or will the incumbent hold strong? Californians and the rest of the world will just have to wait and see.