Here are five things that caught my attention! Yes, I know it is Fletcher Friday Five and today is Monday. Sorry–between the election, Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day I fell behind! Here you go:
Thank You!: Winning elections is great! Winning overwhelming is even better! Thank you San Diego–we won a 30% point victory this week. I am honored to continue to serve! To everyone that has supported us and fought alongside us for the last four years, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting your trust in a new vision for leadership and fundamental change for County government. Through a once-in-generation pandemic, and economic challenges, together we have set the foundation for strong, sustainable, inclusive growth, a healthier community with County services that meet the needs of those looking for help, and set a trajectory that will allow us to do more for working families, more to protect our environment, more for parents and children, more for our veterans, and more for San Diego County. We are just getting started!
Good music: I ended Veterans Day in the best way possible–at a Zach Bryan concert with my son and his Marine Corps buddies. I told you years ago about Zach Bryan–he is now selling out concerts and topping the charts! This was his last show of the tour, so you will have to wait a bit to see him yourself!
Good TV: I am very excited for the season 5 premiere of Yellowstone! This is quite possibly the greatest television show in history:) It kicks off tonight! But looking forward, I can't wait until the 18th, when my friend Andrew Renzi’s new show drops on Netflix–Pepsi, Where’s My Jet? It premieres this week–check it out!
What Red Wave?: The President’s party is supposed to face massive losses in the first midterms after their election (Trump lost 40 congressional seats, Obama lost 63, Clinton lost 52). The political environment for President Biden is terrible. Republicans were more trusted on voters’ top issue -- inflation and the economy. All the signs were pointed to a massive Red Wave, but we learned a few things this week: 1) Voters (especially young female voters) didn’t forget about the Dobbs decision, 2) Independents and persuadable voters still really don’t like Trump and Trumpism, 3) Yes, voters care about the economy, but that doesn’t mean they want crazy people to help fix it, 4) Contrary to what pundits have declared in recent years, ticket-splitting is back in a big way.
This Week In History: This week in 1962, Richard Nixon famously told reporters who were gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel that he would never run for office again, after losing his gubernatorial bid that year. This was immediately on the heels of Jack Kennedy beating Nixon for the presidency the previous election cycle, so you can understand his state of mind. “As I leave you, I want to know how much you’re going to be missing. You don’t have Nixon to kick around any more because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” But of course, just six years later, Nixon was elected to start his ignominious presidency. No moment lasts forever in politics.
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