Like you, I want Dana Rohrabacher to lose his job.
Like you, I find the man embarrassing, repulsive, sad, bitter, petty.
Like you, I am offended by his history with Russia; his limited interest in civil rights; his blind obedience to Donald Trump.
That all being said, I fear we anti-Dana activists are starting to trap ourselves in a hole that, come 2018, will be hard to escape from. Here’s what I mean …
We keep repeating the same things. Russia. No town halls. Loves Trump. Russia. No town halls. Loves Trump. Russia. No town halls. Loves Trump. Russia. No town halls. Loves Trump. Russia. No town halls. Loves Trump. Russia. No town halls. Loves Trump. And, yes, they excited/enrage us.
But I don’t actually think they’re enough to move the needle. Dana has his loyal supporters and Dana has his bitter detractors. In the middle there’s this enormous blob of District 48 voters who just … don’t … pay … that … much … attention. They’re dependable voters who come out and pull the lever the same way every single time.
Sadly, more of those folks vote for Dana than against him.
So here’s what we really need to do between not and Election Day 2018: Register young voters, and more young voters, and more young voters. I don’t exactly know how to go about this in a grand scale, but someone does, and he/she might wind up being the difference between another two years of Rohrabacher and a fresh progressive face.
We have to simultaneously increase our numbers and pump out the messages that make winning possible.