It's over! McNerney wins re-election to a 3rd term Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:47 am
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) is back in Washington, now the official winner of the Nov. 2 election that saw him gain a third term in office with a full 1% lead over his Republican challenger David Harmer.
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Posted by Donna, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:30 am
such a shame - I really thought people would wake up and smell the coffee, now I'm just waiting for the state to go totally broke and start over. Maybe another 5 years maybe sooner with the idiot the state elected Governor. Just look at the condition of Oakland, need I say more.
Yikes we need some FRESH blood. People getting double pensions raking so much money..... such a shame.......
Posted by Dark Corners, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:51 am
This is a true tradegy. Donna is right - Harmer would have saved our economy and enforced TRUE American values. The will of the people here has clearly again been subverted by the liberal media declaring victory when Harmer has yet to concede. Time for the Tea Party to take things to the next level!
Posted by Jim hannon, a resident of the Canyon Meadows neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm
The paranoia of the Tea Party kooks is so great that it's hard to know whether Dark Corners' comment is satire. Imagine a bloc of voters who think that the "liberal media" is cheating voters by declaring a victory for a candidate who wins an election with a margin greater than 1% of the vote. If we had to wait for Harmer to concede, there might not be a Congressman from CA-11 in the next Congress.
And yet, these paranoid wingnuts exist in large numbers.
Posted by joe wimbleshaw, a resident of Dublin, on Dec 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm
Yup, I guess the media reporting the facts -- McNerney won, whether Harmer continues to stew in spoiled child denial or not -- makes them liberal. Really 'TRUE' american values, in Dark Corners' view (as in snake hole?), would demand something different, like not reporting facts, I suppose.
Posted by Ann, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm
It's a shame that we lost an opportunity to change our district's course by so few votes. I think it's important to bring newcomers into politics -- those who may have a fresh perspective on how to run things.
I also wish people would stop using labels like "paranoid wingnuts" to describe neighbors and co-workers who hold a different point of view. In the end, we're all Americans and I believe we want the same basic things for our children and their children.
We will lose the American way of life if the government continues to spend more than it takes in via taxes. AND the answer is not to continually raise taxes.
Posted by Beth, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm
@Ann - I definately agree, but Harmer isn't a newcomer to politics, and (in my opinion) too extreme. Our children and grandchildren will be paying a price for this debt, just like we are paying the price for Social Security being given to people in the 1950's who didn't pay into the system.
Posted by LUGNUT, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm
Congratulations Mr. McNerney. Now do your job and represent us fairly. You are Blessed with a very diverse District. Represent us and to hell with Pelosi. We are your Boss. You answer to us. Represent us fairly and appropriately and you get re-elected. It's about doing the right thing for our District, not about the money that Pelosi can shower you with. I would say this to you if you were Republican. George Washington feared Political Parties because he figured out that it would be all about the PARTY and not what was best for the COUNTRY. You escaped barely. Now do your job for all of us.
Posted by gabe mcclesh, a resident of Dublin, on Dec 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm
If you were at the McNerney-Harmer debate, one thing was crystal clear. With perhaps one or two exceptions, all the fresh blood at the forum was wearing blue. College kids, young workers, youthful people of color, McNerney supporters all. In contrast, those wearing red, with very few exceptions, looked like the white-haired John McCain Arizona contingent, having just ridden in on their electric golf carts.
Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin, on Dec 1, 2010 at 6:25 pm dublinmike is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Sorry. I am a bit confused. Did the 11th District voters vote for Mr. Jerry McNerney or someone else? We voted for a local person representing our interests. Not Govenor, not Pelosi, not someone like Donna, not Dark Corners, not someone so small minded as you.
So, let's minimize the hyperbole that so many of you are accustom to. Some of you folks have absolutely no idea who he is. I've met with him. While we disagreed on certain topics, he takes the time to explain his position or the reality of Congress.
Posted by Hesa Lapdog, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm
If you think that voting for McNerney is not voting for Pelosi, check McNerney's voting record. When you do that, you will find that McNerney richly deserves the label "Pelosi's lapdog". Expect more phone town hall meetings from McNerney because:
1) He is too chicken to have a real town hall meeting
2) That's what Pelosi ordered
3) Registered Republicans somehow cannot get connected to the call (isn't that fascinating?)
Posted by Donna, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm
dublinmike, I have met him too it is WHY I decided to vote for fresh blood in this election.
The spending is out of control. Your kids won't be able to afford it and neither will mine. Why is the answer to everything from McNerny spend, spend, spend. Don't you all realize that is YOUR money he is spending? that's right - not his, he is exempt from this healthcare debacle. He gets a BETTER plan than you. Have you read what he gets? His voting record to vote party line was enough for me. I still want someone new. I totally believe in term limits - wish they ONLY could serve a 4 year term and not make a career out of it. Go back to private business and DON'T get a golden Healthcare plan. If they vote it in, they should be subject to it's provisions therein!
Posted by michael collins, a resident of Dublin, on Dec 1, 2010 at 9:50 pm
Joan from Pleasanton Valley methinks inadvertantly lets the cat out of the bag. She states: 'Those electric golf cart white haired John McCain contingents made this country what it is....' Exactly, Joan, and thank you for making the point so succinctly (though I'll overlook your blatant lie about McNerney's job experience). We are in the trouble we are in as a nation precisely because of McCain and the narrow set of monied interests he and those of his party try so hard to protect.
Posted by Carol, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm
I'd rather spend money on health care for all Americans, than trillions fighting in a war that was based on a lie. How about cutting the defense budget, or at least admitting its part in creating a deficit that our grandchildren will be paying for.
Thank goodness McNerney was reelected- I can't imagine someone representing us who doesn't believe we all deserve the same equal rights as rich white men.
Posted by frank, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm
"Our children and grandchildren will be paying a price for this debt, just like we are paying the price for Social Security being given to people in the 1950's who didn't pay into the system."
I started to scan through this thread and this statement from Beth stuck out. Where is the heck does the fact background come from that supports such a statement???? Assume she is accusing baby-boomers, which today is the popular choice for finger-pointing. This vast population growing up after WWII has paid a vast amount of taxes into all levels of government as well as social security and medicare over decades....which in turn built the physical infrastructure of our the country and the services including education which the Beth's of this world have enjoyed and benefitted from..... and now they are evil according to Beth because they want to collect their paid in benefit. How much has Beth and her generation paid into the system relative to the vast baby-boomer generation? Nothing that much yet, but they grew up with feelings of entitlement without paying anything in return.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Dec 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm
And there goes the 'rich white men' mantra of the left thrown at everyone again. The ignorance and stupidity of people who throw that phrase around is astounding. I would propose to change the above sentence to '.....who doesn't believe we all deserve the same equal rights as rich white Nancy Pelosi.' The one who's net worth is close to 100 million, yet believes that everyone should live in equality. How ironic is that? The notion that all conservatives are rich white men is thrown at us constantly by the left leaning media and repeated like drones by the mentally ill liberals of this country. For we all know, liberalism is a mental disorder.
And I quote:
Veteran psychiatrist calls liberals mentally ill-
Publishes extensive study on 'Psychological Causes of Political Madness'
WASHINGTON – Just when liberals thought it was safe to start identifying themselves as such, an acclaimed, veteran psychiatrist is making the case that the ideology motivating them is actually a mental disorder.
"Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded," says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness." "Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave."
While political activists on the other side of the spectrum have made similar observations, Rossiter boasts professional credentials and a life virtually free of activism and links to "the vast right-wing conspiracy."
For more than 35 years he has diagnosed and treated more than 1,500 patients as a board-certified clinical psychiatrist and examined more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases as a board-certified forensic psychiatrist. He received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago.
Rossiter says the kind of liberalism being displayed by both Barack Obama and his Democratic primary opponent Hillary Clinton can only be understood as a psychological disorder.
"A social scientist who understands human nature will not dismiss the vital roles of free choice, voluntary cooperation and moral integrity – as liberals do," he says. "A political leader who understands human nature will not ignore individual differences in talent, drive, personal appeal and work ethic, and then try to impose economic and social equality on the population – as liberals do. And a legislator who understands human nature will not create an environment of rules which over-regulates and over-taxes the nation's citizens, corrupts their character and reduces them to wards of the state – as liberals do."
Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by:
~creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;
~satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;
~augmenting primitive feelings of envy;
~rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government.
"The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind," he says. "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious."
Posted by dieter schmitz, a resident of San Ramon, on Dec 2, 2010 at 12:07 am
Hey there, Steve. While you're at it you might read Theodore Adorno's 'Authoritarian Personality' in which he and colleagues explore manifestations of the disorder such as believing any load of bull they read in the Moony-owned Washington Times, and then compound matters with denials that there are indeed victims in the world and victimizers. Martin Luther King must have been really, really mentally diseased, right? And unemployed workers? And impoverished, malnourished children? Just figments of the liberal mind, right? I mean, why don't these children simply act like responsible adults, right Steve? ... And redistricting? Where you going to find a district with no citizens of higher education, young people, workers, and people of color? No, rich white men and the Republicans that do their bidding can run but they can't hide.
Posted by SteveP, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2010 at 8:47 am SteveP is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Great post, Steve.
Dieter, keep believing you and your 'highly educated', liberal elites can solve all the worlds problems with other peoples hard-earned money. If your so magnanamous, doante your own money to lost causes, but don't expect everyone who worked hard for a better life for their family to espouse your vision of utopia.
Eventually, you will run out of other people's money to fund your attempts to rid yourself of the gnawing guilt you carry around like an albatross around your neck
Posted by Patriot, a resident of the Carriage Gardens neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2010 at 9:04 am
While Congressman McNerney is a decent person I among others felt that he had done his time in Washington and that we needed a change in our district--the nation saw that need too and many new faces will be working hard in Washington come January, 2011. I am suspect of some of the absentee votes that were cast--who knows if there were abuses, etc. I have felt that the use of the absentee ballot should only be for legitimate reasons--i.e. sick, infirmed, away on business, serving in the military and on and on. I truly suspect that some voters have had the absentee ballot thrust in there hands and somehow told how to vote. I remain in favor of the old fashioned way--get out and vote at the designated voting spots on the election day. Thank you and with redistricing coming that could bring the necessary changes we need to bring this nation and state back to reality before it is too late--we owe it to our kids and grandchildren.
Posted by joe1195, a resident of the Siena neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2010 at 11:01 am
What a huge disappointment. What's fair is fair. If McNerney won in the fair fashion, then congratulations to him. But that does not change my disappointment. I thought for sure that the folks who live in CA-11 had woken up and had finally understood what was taking place in Washington. Apparently, this is not the case. McNerney is basically a vote for Pelosi---the record proves it, and you certainly don't need me to base that upon. I volunteered for Harmer, and the excitement and just "everything" was in place. I'm shocked at the outcome---I truly am. But I'm not a sore loser---the other guy won, congratulations, and now let's move on to 2012.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2010 at 11:52 am
We are seeing another example of Liberal Democrat character at election time: whining cry-babies in defeat and insufferable snots in victory. They always love being generous with someone else's money and are never happy unless they are busy managing someone else's life. I found McNerney's phony townhall meetings beyond disgusting.
Posted by gladys, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Good grief! All this whining about illegal immigrants, about people of color being afforded civil rights, about children receiving a minimal nuitrition regimen in public school lunches, about low-income people and their children receiving adequate health care, about gay marriage tearing apart the moral fabric of our nation, about workers unionizing in an effort to earn a decent living and protect themselves from exploitation, and so on. And then the tea party crowd whining (ranting) about having to pay their fair share of taxes for border patrol, police, prisons, Republican-instigated wars and (gasp) public education and health care for all citizens? Where do you people come off assigning the whiner label to liberals? And, let's see, you want us to believe that Glen Beck is sane and that Martin Luther King is not? Surely you must realize how ridiculous you sound! Sign me in with Deiter as an "educated elite," and proud of it.
Posted by gorge manuel, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm
I've got a good idea. Get some paid-off quack like Rossiter to write a book on crazy libs. (He makes a living as a psychologist-for-hire who testifies any which way a prosecutor wants.) No reputable publisher will touch it? No problem. Start up a press, call it Free World Books, and publish the book as if it had credibility. Get a deep-pocketed Republican to buy thousands of copies to create an illusion that the book has popularity. Get Glenn Beck to endorse it to all the ill-educated boobs who glue themselves to FOX News. And there you have it! Weak-minded types eat it up and use it as basis for spewing their self-righteous hatred towards those who yearn for a better America.
Posted by gordice, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm
An hour ago McNerney voted with Republicans against extending tax cuts for all except those making over 250 thousand. Although not a position I agree with, our newly democratically re-elected representative -- say, has Harmer conceded yet? -- demonstrates the claim that he is in Pelosi's back pocket to be utter nonsense.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm
To liberals, democrats:
Understand that independents like me voted for McNerney and other democrats because the GOP choice was worse, I did not vote for McNerney because I approve of his job - I did it to keep whom I considered a horrible choice (Harmer) away from Washington. If democrats keep what they have been doing under Obama, the country will be in even more trouble than it already is. Fix the unions, stop the pensions, reform welfare! Get rid of Geithner, he can't even manage his own taxes, why would you trust him with the nation's finances?
To the GOP and tea party:
Independents like me will never vote for extreme people like Harmer, and social issues do matter. Being conservative should mean being FISCALLY conservative. The candidates you are putting out there make the Flinstones look modern (socially speaking) but they are not true fiscally conservative people(ask Harmer about his nice taxpayer financed bonus and severance pay, courtesy of tarp).
And btw, as much as you despise what you call "Obamacare," what do you think Medicare is? It is national healthcare for the older people, so stop talking nonsense. You either embrace national healthcare for ALL (older and young alike) OR you undo the national healthcare but also Medicare! We need good, fiscally conservative yet socially moderate GOP candidates, we need people who make sense when they talk, not those who just quote Reagan!
Posted by Chet, a resident of San Ramon, on Dec 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm
The right man won for all the right reasons. Our fine Congressman Jerry McNerney delivered on his promise and voted with the Republicans for extending all the tax reductions. Jerry like always did exactly what he said he would while in the campaign. We can always take Jerry McNerney as a man of his word and this is rare in Washington D.C.
Posted by Maria, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2010 at 11:35 pm
It's going to be fun to watch how (not) long it takes for the freshman Congressmen to go back on all of their campaign promises. We saw it in 2006, 2008 and it's going to happen again. Politics is politics, no matter what ideology you profess to follow.
Also, wonder how they'll feel about their government-sponsored healthcare... Web Link
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm
No one disputes that there are people who are unemployed, down and out, kids who do not get enough to eat and are impoverished. No one disputes that there are those without and those with. No one disputes that there are those who lose and those who win. No one disputes that. Fact of life. Been that way since life was created in the universe.
I may be white, but I am by no means, rich. I may be white, but I am by no means, insensitive to the plights of others or racist. I may be white, but I struggled to live where I do. I may be white, but when I have extra, I give to charities that actually know how to serve the needy.
If I did not already give over 50% of what I make to federal, state and local taxes, the charities would receive more. But I have a family that needs to be supported too. Or should I rephrase and say I have a family that needs my 'charity' too.
For those people above who believe that the redistribution of wealth, aka socialism, is the way to cure 'your' ills, then really, and I mean really, put your money where your mouth is. After all of your taxes are taken from you, give everything else you make, except keep 10-15k for yourself, to charities or the government. Give your property, house and majority of you belongs away too. Move to a low income subsidized housing project in a crime ridden neighborhood. Do it. Now your equal. Now you have exactly what they have. Even though you worked hard to get where you 'were', you live next door to the person who never even tried. Not once. Not ever. Sucked off everyone their whole adult life. You are equal. Fair is fair. Right?
But you won't. You can't. You worked to darn hard to get where you are. You're an 'educated elite'. Your heart aches, but you will never give up what you have, to live like...'that'.
Posted by Carol, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm
Steve et al, for such patriotic claims to the "Tea Party" I'm surprised you completely missed my reference to "rich white men" as the law during colonial times for those who were allowed to vote. I was saying that I am happy that anyone who believes that any of my neighbors do not deserve equal rights as a US citizen does not get elected in my district.
gordice- thanks for your posting- conveniently it has not been commented on since it doesnt uphold all the slams against McNerney over the last months. People will believe only what they want, whether it be the truth or not.
Posted by Noreen, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm
You're not being honest. My paycheck puts me among the upper uppers, and I don't pay anything near approaching over 50%. If you are, you must be one very rich white man but who apparently can't afford a lawyer to take advantage of tax loopholes for the wealthy.
You also seem to assume that those of us who support liberal policies do not give to charity. You are so wrong about this it isn't even funny.
You really might try reading some American history, Steve. Your claim about victimization being a 'fact of life' suggests either much insensitivity, much ignorance, or both. Your claim is the one conservatives once used to justify slavery. Your claim is the one conservatives once used to justify Jim Crow laws regarding who could marry whom, who could vote, who could sit at the lunch counter. Your claim is one conservatives once used in an effort to deny child labor protection rights. Your claim is one conservatives once used in their efforts to prevent medicare and related programs. Your claim is one conservatives once used against the right to affordable health care, for all. Today, almost the entire nation accepts that the above changes have been beneficial for all. As for health care, no one will be debating the idea that affordable health care is a right 20 years from now. We have become, and will continue to become, a better nation because of these, um, 'socialist' policies as you refer to them. Is calling them 'socialist' your short-hand way of not having to consider their merits?
Some day, you might try examining many of the democratic socialist countries that exist today, especially in northern Europe. You'll note that by almost any measure, the standard of living is higher there than in the United States. Yes, we are not Sweden, and Sweden isn't America. But being a democratic socialist does not mean one somehow desires low-income, high-crime neighborhoods for all, as you seem to believe. But you don't REALLY TRULY believe that do you? Get a decent tax lawyer and use what you save to take a trip to northern Europe. Check it out.
Posted by Blackhawk Bob, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Dec 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm
The People have spoken. You Harmer voting "Tea Party" crybabies need to man up and get over it. This is what a Democracy is all about. Majority rules. (Or in Congress, "2/3rds majority" rules.) When 'W' was president did I want to leave the country? When Wilson and Deukmejian were Govs did I want to leave the state?
No. Grow the hell up people. We are all Americans and Californians. And no you are not "more of an American" than someone who voted for McNerney. If you can't take it go take your Tea Bags and move the hell out to a Red State.
So the GOP kicked ass in the House elections, but they couldn't take back the Senate. They couldn't beat a rethread like Jerry Brown or a tired old Barbara Boxer. Or a beat up old Harry Reid. WTF Republicans?
My faith in the American Voter continues. 2012. "Palin for President." Support your girl, Tea Baggers...!
Posted by Team Coco, a resident of San Ramon, on Dec 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm
>"And btw, as much as you despise what you call "Obamacare," what do you think Medicare is? It is national healthcare for the older people, so stop talking nonsense. You either embrace national healthcare for ALL (older and young alike) OR you undo the national healthcare but also Medicare! We need good, fiscally conservative yet socially moderate GOP candidates, we need people who make sense when they talk, not those who just quote Reagan!"
Here, here! And what's "Social Security"? More socialist bullwhip?!