This is being written at 11:36 pm.
We are 24 minutes away from Election Day.
When I started this website nearly two years ago, it wasn’t to support Harley Rouda or Laura Oatman or David Copperfield. It wasn’t to protect the environment or cut taxes. It wasn’t for any specific agenda, save one …
To end the laughably bad reign of Dana Rohrabacher.
Well, here we are.
I don’t know how this will go. At some moments I think Dana will win. At some moments I think Harley will win. Attack ads exist for a reason, and Dana has been running them nonstop. But energy and enthusiasm are infectious—and Harley is energetic and enthusiastic. I … just … don’t … know.
But here’s what I can tell you: Win or lose, the Republicans are losing their grip on Orange County. This has been their turf for decades upon decades, and that’s no longer the case. Even if Dana holds on, it will be by a sliver. Ask anyone who has lived here for a spell: That was once unthinkable. But this territory has changed in myriad ways. It’s younger. It’s more progressive. It’s more environmentally concerned. The old white conservatives are dying out. Forward-thinkers are moving in.
Dana Rohrabacher is running a competitive campaign for a sole reason: He has incumbency on his side. Otherwise, there’s no way a dinosaur like that challenges for the congressional spot any longer. It’s an outdated look from an outdated party. You can’t deny climate change and survive here. You can’t bash gays and survive here. You can’t routinely praise Donald Trump and survive here. No more. No longer.
If you’ve been reading Crazy Dana, thank you. I’m honored.
Now do me one favor. A big one.