Misty Tienken, Guest Contributor
***Editors Note: This article was submitted for our September Issue of the California Review but was unable to be printed in the issue.
On September 3rd 2010, the Republican Party of San Diego County celebrated turning the county red again after Democrats turned the county blue in 2008. In fact, the blue wave of Obamamania took most of the country with his rhetoric of hope and change. During the last year and half people have started to realize that Obama isn’t the hope and change messiah that he was claiming to be. “They focused on failed stimulus, forcing Obamacare down people’s throats,” said Republican Party of Republican Party of San Diego County Chairman Tony Krvaric. In the last year and a half of the Obama administration, we have seen a higher debt than GDP (Gross domestic product), a federal Healthcare plan, a recessive economy, and the highest unemployment in 20 years. Although Obama’s “hope and change” was supposed to offer prosperity, we have seen the American dream dwindle for many.
San Diego County was one of the largest countys that switched from red to blue during the Obama campaign in 2008. Since that point the Republican Party launched a massive a voter registration drive to take the county back. Volunteers and paid petitioners worked around the county providing a service to people to register to vote. The Republican Women’s Federation went out to every event registering new voters and encouraging the public to vote. Every month Donna Thompson and her group went out registering new citizens, who are looking forward to starting their American dream. Elisa Muchmore directed her group of petitioners registering new voters and helping her people succeed in the voter registration program.
After an extensive four month voter registration drive, they were able to turn the county red by more than 3,000 registered voters, with the total number of Republicans registered at 511,655 and of Democrats registered at 508,305. When receiving the news about the registration totals, Ron Nehring, Chairman of the California Republican Party stated: “Republicans surging to become the largest party in San Diego County is a powerful sign of the rising Republican tide,” the chairman said. “It’s not the left coast anymore.” Jess Durfee from the Democratic Party of San Diego County also made comments about the Republican tide in San Diego saying: “These folks—if they vote at all—we don’t know how they are going to vote.”