It’s On!

I just received the official candidates’ notice from the California Secretary of State’s office. It’s on. 

There are serious issues to be raised, and I will do my best to raise them. 

Is there really no place in the Democratic party for voters who believe in “affirmative government”–including health care reform– but have doubts about the power of public employee unions, including the unions that protect bad teachers?

Is there no place for voters who recognize the immense contributions of immigrants but  have doubts giving amnesty before we secure our borders? …

If you share my doubts about current Democratic dogma on these issues, and others, I hope you will join with this effort.

A campaign web site will be up shortly. I’ll link to it from this blog. (  The primary is June 8, more than two months away. An eternity in internet time!   Thanks.  5:37 P.M.


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  1. Allan Mayer
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    Well, if we learn nothing else from this exercise in democracy, at least we finally know your real first name.

    Run, Bobby, run!

  2. Posted March 27, 2010 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Rhetorical questions!! I can already hear the stump speech…go, Mickey, go!

  3. Mark Poling
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    Good luck Mr. Kaus, from someone who would vote for you if he could. (I’m libertarian, and I think you’re totally wrong on Obamacare, but you have shown you can both listen and think , and then write an engaging piece on why you’re thinking what you’re thinking. I’ll take that over the Demotrons and Republibots any day of the week.)

  4. Luke Lea
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    So how do we make a contribution?

  5. Kevin!
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    This description of democratic orthodoxy is, like Kaus himself, at least fifteen years out of date. Jerry Brown himself touts his Oakland charter schools as his signature educational achievement. Nationally, our Secretary of Education (democrat) supports pay-for-performance and charter schools. Perhaps more challenging is: what in the world does Kaus propose to actually DO about education? The State occupies just one rung of a local/state/national ladder of regulation and funding.

    And it’s news to me that immigration is an issue of lockstep democratic orthodoxy. Immigration is an issue of low democratic concern. It’s been sad to watch Kaus try and whip up alarms about Obama’s eventual, sneaky amnesty. Obama has given no sign that immigration policy is a priority in the slightest.

    I think what is saddest about this candidacy is how nonresponsive it is to the actual problems of California. Lets assume that teacher’s unions and immigrants are actual problems. They would still rank incredibly low on any ranked list — California’s issues are debt, spending, unemployment, infrastructure, an ossified political structure, and etc. These are all actual, immediate emergencies. For Kaus to expect anyone to care about his ancient, low-priority war of the late 1990s is just petulant and awkward.

    Kaus: the LA Times doesn’t cover things that aren’t news. That’s why the Santa Monica Gang Wars didn’t merit an article.

  6. Stefan
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Really, this is your platform?
    Doubts about amnesty and public unions.
    Among all the issues out there (global warming, overgrown finance sector, 20% real unemployment, cratering state services), these are the things that we need to focus on. Yes, what this country needs is someone to stand up to the public unions and immigrants. And to run a campaign to do just that and little else. Jeebus!

  7. Thomas
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Doubts are all well and good.

    What are your solutions?

  8. Posted March 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Mickey — and thanks.

  9. yarrrrr
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    So, are you going to raise any money?

  10. OSweet
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Fired up. Ready to go.

  11. John
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Those democrats do not exist. Because to do so would be to admit, even in some small way, that Republicans could be right about something.

    And *that* is a sin that will not be countenanced. In a world where Bush cannot simply be wrong about Iraq, he has to be Hitler himself, there is no room for political quarter of any kind.

  12. Barbara Pelosi
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank God, there is one sane voice in the Democratic Party running for Senator. Longing forward to more as your campaign unfolds.

  13. MarkJ
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mickey,

    I rarely agree with you, but I do personally wish you luck. You’re going to need it, because Hell hath no fury like a Boxer scorned.

  14. section9
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Jesus, Mickey, straddle much?

    Do we actually need to call in Palin to put some starch into you, for Christ’s sake? And she’s on our side, for God’s sake!

    One look at this post tells me that YOU need help.

    Let’s put it this way, Barbara Boxer’s Opposition Research People aren’t working overtime on you. What is this, the Fred Thompson Campaign Goes Malibu?

  15. Sleassner@charter.mi
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    There’s no room for a moderate/reasonable democrat if you caucus with Nancy Pelosi. You might as well be a left wing nutter because that’s what we’ll get.

  16. Posted March 28, 2010 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    “Is there really no place in the Democratic party for voters who believe in “affirmative government”–including health care reform– but have doubts about the power of public employee unions, including the unions that protect bad teachers?”

    No. No place. Rep. Dingell let it slip: it’s all about control, all about power.

    The Other Side is only a little bit closer to common sense (cf. Thomas Paine).

    On the Democratic side: Jerry Brown: no chance. The rest: even less.
    On the Republican side: Poizner: at least I recognize the name. Whitman: a possible – she may be able to buy her way in. I thought Fiorina was in there.)
    On the Green side: they’re running a Student. No contest.
    Libertarians: they don’t vote (“it only encourages them”): no contest.
    Peace and Freedom: The Communists haven’t come close since the 30s.
    Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom. ‘Nuff said.

  17. Dub
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    we’re called republicans, Mickey

  18. jgreene
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    The National Democratic Party and the California Democratic Party is today the Socialist Marxist Democrat Party and has no room for decent against Marxist Dogma. Anyone dissenting will be politically marginalized and destroyed.

    The sooner common sense American Democrats realize this the better. Today’s Democrat(ic) Party is not democratic, it is totalitarian and Marxist in dogma. I hope this hopey, changey arrangement is ok with you folks who voted for Obama.

  19. Posted March 28, 2010 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    There is a place for such voters. But there is not such a place in the Democratic party, Mickey.

    No, it doesn’t have to be that way. But it is. Maybe you’ll change it. I sure hope so.

  20. Mickey Kaus
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    yes! site up soon. thanks

  21. John
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    I’m a conservative but I’m glad to see a common sense Democrat running. Especially against Boxer. If you put up a tip jar, I’d toss a couple o’ bucks to your primary campaign. I’d rather see you run against the conservative than that whacko Boxer. At least if the conservative loses, you’re the type of Dem I could live with. Best of luck.

  22. Bagoh20
    Posted March 28, 2010 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Although I am one, I won’t be voting Democrat. There are two main problems with California: 1) Pubilc Unions have ruined this state 2) Democrats have ruined this state.

    Electing you will not fix either. Democrats can’t fix this state except by resigning. I am. I’m registering to Republican, but that’s just to pick primary candidates. Most importantly I’ll be voting conservative from now on.

  23. Rick Nierenberg
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    If you use the kind of systematic, well developed and well documented reasoning you portrayed in your “The End of Equality”, I believe you will be far more compelling than the briefer, though piquant, blurbs of the blogs. It is true that our most common modes of communique are cyber-sound-bite-ish, but I think there is room for the kind of well reasoned and sometimes slow moving but solidly based reasoning of which you have shown yourself capable. I think that the “is there no place….” form of rhetoric did not invoke, at least in your first few days of comment, as positive a response as your intellect deserves. As a non-Californian but someone who has had a periodic interest in your argumentation over the years, I would recommend you resume the kind of reasoning and expression thereof which served you so well in hard print, and presumably Harvard and Harvard Law. More Essay, less blog…..just a suggestion from a long term observer…..

  24. Rebecca B
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    That’s great!! Congratulations….um, “Mickey”.

  25. Gary M
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Attention: Californians: Speaking from the heart of Waxman Country, we declare that where ever you affiliate, a Kaus candidacy is worth the effort of switching party registration to Democrat…Kaus Democrats would be worth voting, even fighting for!

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