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All Star Rally Gives Phil Angelides A Boost

by Pamela Leavey

California needs Phil Angelides. Enough of the actor turned politico who’s sold out the people of California over and over again to be party to BushCo style ‘cut and run’ politics. Arnold Schwarzenegger has sold California down the river of denial and it’s time to terminate his run in the Governor’s mansion.

In Pasadena on Monday, Democrats pulled out all the stops for Phil Angelides with a “cast of party all-stars” at Pasadena City College. It was quite an event, the turn out was so high that many attendees were in an overflow room watching live feed video of the event.

John Kerry, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Senator Barbara Boxer were all there for a town hall meeting, turned rally that drew Democrats from around the Los Angeles area and some 370 PCC students. The bottom line of the event that focused on education was Arnold Schwarzenegger does not have Californians best interests in mind — especially college students and students preparing to start college in the next year.

Barbara Boxer told the enthusiastic crowd, “It’s not enough to have a governor that acts like a Democrat on Election Day. Phil Angelides will be a Democrat every single day.”

Phil Angelides spoke to the crowd about his plan for education reforms, including a “repeal of college tuition increases enacted under Schwarzenegger and an expansion of financial aid programs.”

There are a lot of people counting on us: the millions of kids coming after you,” he told the crowd, adding that government must do more than “just lavish more on those who have the most.”

Cortney Fielding staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune (and the Pasadena Star News) reports that “while the students showed proper enthusiasm for Angelides by waving his signs and wooing and booing at the right places, the energy in the room clearly belonged to Kerry.”


He took the stage to roaring applause and left it only to be mobbed by students and reporters.

Kerry charmed the crowd with tales of surfing at Mission Beach and got laughs for a series of one-liners, including telling the crowd he had just returned from Texas, “Where the president used to live – now he lives in a state of denial.”

Kerry then told the students that if they were able to navigate the education system, they could get comfortable jobs – “If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq,” he said to a mixture of laughter and gasps.

Talk about speaking the stark truth to students who want more out of life. The education system in California is a mess, especially in L.A. County. Each day I pick my daughter up at school I see the recruiters leaving, smiling because they have snagged another kid who’s trapped by the system and sees no future other than enlisting. It shouldn’t be like this. A 50% drop out rate is unacceptable. What is the bottom line for these kids, a job at McDonald’s or Iraq. Kudos to Kerry for delivering a wake up call to the young voters at the rally (wingnuts are all wet on their claims).

There’s one week left until the Nov. 7 election. Today was part of a whirlwind stumping tour for Phil Angelides, as “he tries to close in on Schwarzenegger.” Some polls show Arnold 18 points ahead.

California needs a change and the change won’t come from Arnold’s born again liberal Republican tactics he’s been pulling to woo moderates in recent weeks. He’s no moderate, he’s a Bush Republican.

The gap may look insurmountable but together Californians can turn the tide for Phil. We need to do this for California, for our kids and for their future. That’s it in a nutshell.

We are all going to be judged in history,” he said, “by how we are willing to stand our ground when it’s toughest.”

Afterward, students said they were pleasantly surprised with Angelides – although many said they would have voted for him regardless.

“It made me feel better about giving my vote to him,” Kandist Mallett said. But she added, “The highlight was definitely John Kerry.”

I’ll have more tomorrow on the event — in the meantime, the piece from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune caught my eye…

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  • UPDATE 2: The transcript of John Kerry’s speech at Pasadena City College is available here. People twisting this into something more that it is need to read that transcript and watch the Video of his speech here.

    47 Responses to “All Star Rally Gives Phil Angelides A Boost”

    1. Thanks for working so hard in getting these posts up. I know from experience it can be a wonderful, energetic day to go to a Kerry event but it can also wipe you out. Thanks for going the extra mile Pamlela.

    2. Pamela,

      Kerry is being attacked by rwers for the remark about “getting stuck in Iraq” and studying hard. Do you have context or a transcription of the speech?

    3. Beachmom

      I’ve seen – I put my 2 cents in about what was said in the post – see 3rd and 4th paragraph below the 2nd picture). I’ll see what I can get by way of transcript – not sure if there was one.

    4. I’m beginning to wonder if 14 months from now, the New Hampshire and Iowa caucuses will really be a fight.

    5. Kerry said, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

      Kerry’s words about our brave men and women are as reprehensible as they are false.

      According to a comprehensive study of all enlistees for the years 1998-99 and 2003 that The Heritage Foundation just released, the typical recruit in the all-volunteer force is wealthier, more educated and more rural than the average 18- to 24-year-old citizen is. Indeed, for every two recruits coming from the poorest neighborhoods, there are three recruits coming from the richest neighborhoods.

      If, for example, we consider the education of every recruit, 98% joined with high-school diplomas or better. By comparison, 75% of the general population meets that standard. Among all three-digit ZIP code areas in the USA in 2003 (one can study larger areas by isolating just the first three digits of ZIP codes), not one had a higher graduation rate among civilians than among its recruits.

      Kerry’s just trying to perpetuate the Democrat myth that our brave soldiers are uneducated and underprivileged kids.

    6. Just when you think Kerry has put his foot in his mouth for the last time, he surprises us with another winner. His comment about if your not educated you go to Iraq is the most insulting and arrogant thing I have heard out of a polititian of late.
      And to those who agree with him on such a comment need to step back and look at just who is responsible for the state of education in this country! We removed accountablity from teachers, administrators and students, we removed discipline from schools and cater to the “it’s not there fault” crowd and special interest groups who want to get away from the three R’s and teach more “social” classes. And let’s not forget the absent parents who take no interest in teaching there children respect, obedience and personal accountability. Why? Because the socialist mentality of the left has said, don’t worry we will take care of it all.
      John Kerry and those who support such drivel need to be put in the boots of our troops for one day and see just how extremely intelligent they are.

    7. TexasRainmaker

      Thanks for the right wing talking points. I have a kid who goes to school in L.A. – Kerry was speaking the harsh truth about how messed up our school system is and the lack of choices for those that are left behind each year by NCLB.

    8. Gee,

      Are the GOPers THIS desparate??

      “John Kerry and those who support such drivel need to be put in the boots of our troops for one day and see just how extremely intelligent they are.”

      First, Kerry HAS been in those boots and he has done nothing but praise the troops.

      Typically, this is out of context, hyper reaction.

      Education has had all the fat sucked out of it by the GOP- including the essential fatty acids, if you will. The pork is still there. I had 2 children go from k-12 as the system was being dismantled and destroyed by the GOP. 3 different school systems.

      Both are trying to make it through college, financial aid is hard to come by and the interest is outrageous. The crowd Kerry was addressing had made it to college – but they know how tough it is and what the choices are if you can’t afford college. One is to go into the military in the hope of getting a college education paid for. Do that now and you will end up in Iraq. That story has been repeated so many times by Iraq vets, it should jump immediately to anyone’s mind who hears this.

      Problem being that some who hear it don’t have their minds in full gear.

      Well, let’s not spend too much time diverted from GOTV on this. They are thrilled with the opportunity.

    9. Actually, guys, he wasn’t talking about the military. He was talking about Bush being stuck in Iraq, not soldiers. So this is actually not even about education and whether you join the military or not. It has NOTHING to do with that. Pass it on.

    10. Don’t dare question their patriotism though. Oh, and they “support the troops” too.

    11. beachmom

      With all due respect, you need to be a little more intellectually honest. Read Kerry’s quote again.

      “You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

      Read the last sentence again. “you get stuck in Iraq.” Who is he talking about? He’s talking about the student, in fact he’s talking to the student. There is no other way to explain this quote other than if you are educated you won’t have to go to Iraq.

    12. Capitalist Infidel,

      It makes a damn good poke about Bush’s college career, business career and subsequent worst US foreign policy mistake ever. Some of us were not prepareed for the satire and can see other interpretations – inevitable in all forms of communication.

      Given how much the Bush supporters overlook his considerable communication failures, gaffes and general incompetence, it’s a little absurd to hold someone as competent in the English language as John Kerry to perfect standards while giving Bush the ‘he’s just a regular guy’ defense.

    13. John Kerry Responds to Republican Distortions, Pathetic Tony Snow Diversions and Distractions from Wing Nut-jobs

      The right wing nut-jobs are full of Hot Air today as they attempt their latest attack on John Kerry.
      Talk about taking things out of context — Michelle Malkin claims that it was “Unmistakable what he meant,” referring to John Kerry…

    14. well the fact remains people have been told for years when they are in school if you don’t get good grades you will have to join the military or get a factory job.

      Nothing wrong with either accept the factory jobs are going fast for the poor and working class and if you join the military today you will be in Iraq or Iran or somewhere else that bush has mucked up.

      kids, myself included have been told this for eons so don’t act like JK was picking on miltary troops. After all you had to be smart to go to Vietnam or else bush and chenney would have had their @$$es there.

      Military knew a dummy when they saw bush or either they knew a coward. Take your pick.

    15. Pamela,

      How involved are you with your chidren’s education in LA schools?

      The teachers union is in the Democratic pockets since Woodstock days; a span of over 4 decades. If both the union and the Democrats have the best interests for your children, why is public school system performing so poorly across the nation?

      Establish work-study rules at home and demand accountability from teachers union. Soon your children will make remarkable progress.
      The bogus cry about smaller class size won’t matter. Class size of over 30 students is the norm in Asia, yet Asian kids are achieving higher grades than the kids here.
      Even the Asian kids living here are performing better. For proof, just check the statistics for the UC enrollments year after year.
      By the way, mine are not the talking points from anybody. Both my sons are studying Medicine now. I practiced at home what I prescribed above.
      You should too. Otherwise your kids will end up, as John Kerry says, in Iraq.

    16. harshad

      I never said MY daughter has problems in school — I said the school system has problems. My daughter has a 3.95 GPA, but her school has a 50% dropout rate. It also has a highly gifted magnet.

      Sure, the Asian kids are acheiving higher grades, but let’s talk about the black kids and the hispanic kids and even the low income white kids? Huh? What do you think?

      I am a very active parent and because of that I see what a mess LAUSD is. And FYI, I’ve got friends with kids all over the country. It’s not just L.A. — public schools across the country are suffering. It’s called NCLB, it’s called poor funding.

      And there’s the increases that Arnold has made to higher education costs. maybe you can afford UC but the majority of kids graduating from public schools in L.A. can not. CAL GRANTS don’t cut it either.

      Do us a favor, read up a little around here before you come preaching again.

    17. Pen

      Some folks can’t see the truth.

    18. “A 50% drop out rate is unacceptable. What is the bottom line for these kids, a job at McDonald’s or Iraq.”

      Some people aren’t bright enough to know that the military does not take drop outs…

      Oh, but I do understand how Bush was the target of Kerry’s remarks. I figured it out after downing a bottle of Jack and smoking a few joints! Now it’s all clear :-)

    19. Pamela,
      what do you tell teach own daughter about the United States military? That it’s just a place for uneducated losers and fools? And she’s just too good for that?

      If your daughter did choose to become a military career officer (and lots of college kids do, according to the stats), would you be proud of her, or ashamed of her?

      It could happen, you know. All young people want to rebel against their parents. And becoming a military officer sounds like a delicious way your daughter could rebel against you.

    20. RightSide

      My father served in WWII, the flag that drapped on his coffin 11 years ago is proudly sitting on a chair in my room, that holds many momento’s from my childhood and my parents.

      One brother-in-law was copter pilot in Nam. 2 brother-in-laws served in Korea. My nephew was in the Coast Guard.

      A dear friend who is a Marine lies in a hospice dying of lung cancer, at this very moment. We have members of this blog who served in the military and most of all, I voted for a veteran in 2004 — one who proudly served his country and believes that others should too.

      One of daughter’s best friends is in Marine ROTC. He’s a brilliant student, he’s chosen the Marine Academy over college, we are both so proud of him.

      Do us both a favor, don’t make assertions here about my daughter. She like me doesn’t prejudge people.

      Last but not least, every year when my birthday rolls around I proudly tell people it is the same day as the Marine Corp birthday. I have many friends who served and I admire and respect them all.

    21. sloggin420 Says: November 1st, 2006 at 8:20 am

      Sloggin420

      Perhaps you are not aware the military has eased their requirements:

      From the Army Times

      Army recruiters now have a wider pool to find future soldiers in. The Army is reaching out to a slice of America’s youth long ineligible to serve: non-high school graduates who don’t have a General Equivalency Diploma

      Recruiters can now go after that demographic through the “Army Educations Plus” option, the Army announced Tuesday.

      If an individual has been out of high school for at least six months, can pass a physical exam and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, he or she may be eligible for help getting a GED.

      The program allows recruiters to enlist a high school dropout, according to S. Douglas Smith, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. But the enlistee must have the GED before shipping off to basic training. The Army will pay for individuals to attend a course to prepare for the GED test and will cover the cost of taking the GED exam.

    22. Good thing for them Kerry was only talking about Bush and not calling them a bunch of idiots eh. Btw, any relatives working at Mickey D’s?

    23. Sloggin420

      What no response to the fact that you were wrong?

    24. That I was wrong? Do you mean to say that Kerry was calling military personnel idiots? I thought he was just talking about Bush. I thought that was obvious. Now, in effect, you’re saying that Kerry is a clown and a disgrace. That is not very nice. Why, he fought in Vietnam!!

    25. Pamela,
      The bottom line, which you are so reluctant to admit, is that 99.9% of our soldiers have a high school diploma or equivalent, FAR outpacing the academic performance of our nation at large.

      There is NOTHING you can say that can alter that fact.

      Plus, if you’d actually bothered to read the article, you’d have seen that the individuals recruited must still pass their GED prior to shipping off to basic.

      Was your article just a “botched joke” like Kerry’s comment?

      A wake up call to young voters? A wake up call is that they can probably expect officers with better educations than the bosses they’ll have after they leave the military. A wake up call would have been to inform them that enlisted men and women can expect to leave the military with a chance to pursue higher education, and with marketable job skills . . something our schools are proving less and less capable of doing, top-heavy as they are with PC liberal administrations.

    26. Matthew

      I did read the article and I think it’s great that military makes sure those kids get their GED’s. I know first hand of what’s it’s like for inner city low income kids. Please get off your high horse.

    27. Sloggin

      Sorry but you are idiot for distorting Kerry’s comments.

    28. “The program allows recruiters to enlist a high school dropout, according to S. Douglas Smith, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. But the enlistee must have the GED before shipping off to basic training. The Army will pay for individuals to attend a course to prepare for the GED test and will cover the cost of taking the GED exam.”

      Pamela,

      He wasn’t wrong. As this paragraph states a recruit must earn a GED (GED = high school diploma) before going to basic training. No GED, no service. What this program does is help a high school drop out get the minimum education requirement. I assume that you agree that a person who drops out of high school but then earns a GED is not a considered a high school drop out anymore? To me, it is the same as leaving school and then returning later to finish the degree.

    29. Bill C

      I get that – and FYI, my point is that low income kids who don’t do well in high school, and can’t get into college for WHATEVER reason – grades or finances don’t have many choices. There’s nothing worng with joining the military – but kids deserve more chances and a a better education than they are getting.

    30. Ah, I see. I must be on my “high horse” because you cannot dispute information I presented which totally destroys your article’s credibility.

      Except one thing. I didn’t write an article presenting a moralistic viewpoint. You did. I simply showed you where you are wrong. Pot-kettle-black.

    31. Matthew

      Do you have kids in an LAUSD high school? Probably not. I do.

    32. What has Kerry ever accomplished? I live in Massachusetts and he is a joke. Almost as bad as Fat Ted!

    33. “I get that – and FYI, my point is that low income kids who don’t do well in high school, and can’t get into college for WHATEVER reason – grades or finances don’t have many choices. There’s nothing worng with joining the military – but kids deserve more chances and a a better education than they are getting.”

      Understood. I do disagree about the military being a poor way to earn an education, obviously. I would like poor children to have more opportunities also. The Peace Corps is an option. Working/Loans are another. I just want the kids who do enter the military given credit for making the decision rather than implying they were forced into a poor choice or are too naive to make this decision. That is what I get from your post, if I am wrong I apologize.

    34. Oh Pammy Pammy Pammy, resorting to insults eh. Tisk, tisk little woman. Just what I would expect from someone of your ilk. I certainly hope your kids are not as stupid as you (see, I can insult too! :-) ) YOU MORON.

    35. “Sorry but you are idiot for distorting Kerry’s comments.”

      I love when people insult others about intelligence, yet end up sounding like a fool in the process.

      Not to mention even Kerry himself has said that this was meant to be a poke at Bush being stupid, which makes your article pretty damn pointless.

    36. Yeah, but she’s an “Editor” and as such she has to come up with something to write in an attempt to make her life feel meaningful…lol. Btw, yesterday didn’t kerry say he would NEVER apologize? Then today he goes and does it. What’s up with that? Go figure….lol. That guy is just sooooo confused, he cracks me up. You know… he should be writing articles for this blog and submitting comments too!

    37. “One of daughter’s best friends is in Marine ROTC. He’s a brilliant student, he’s chosen the Marine Academy over college”

      Pamela, there is no “Marine Academy”. The service academies are: the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (“West Point”), and the U.S. Naval Academy. Most students who plan to “go Marine” attend the Naval Academy. There is also a Merchant Marine Academy which prepares students for careers in the merchant marine.

      Service academies ARE real colleges. All students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a military commission. And, all graduates are guaranteed employment. If your daughter’s friend is attending the Naval Academy, he is one of the fortunate few – service academies have some of the most rigorous admissions standards in the nation.

    38. Kate

      Sorry, you know it is the Naval Academy. I thought that didn’t sound right earlier, but I’m juggling biz and blogging… Thanks. Yes, the young man is in the highly gifted magnet at my daughter’s school. He’s also from a low income family. He probably would get full scholarships in many colleges but chose the Marines. Good for him, he knows what he wants to do. Many kids don’t.

    39. Pamela…

      Read your own article…
      The military did not lower the standards..
      The Army did, and not by much. You still need the GED..

      PLUS I was a “high school drop out” With a 135 IQ, school was too slow and boring, so I quit and got my ass into trouble. Realizing that going through life “drunk and stupid” wasn’t very smart either, I managed to get into the Air Force in 1979 with no dipolma, no GED.

      23 years later, I retired, E-7 Master Sergeant ( you don’t get there staying “stupid”), with an Associates, private pilots license, and my airframe and powerplant license.

      So either way Kerry is wrong and so is anyone who defends the absolute RUBISH that the military is some horrible slave camp filled with mindless, brain stemmed losers.
      All the anti-recruiter B.S. is being pushed by socialist, ignorant, ill-informed individuals, like yourself and is a slap to the face of every military person who has ever been in.

    40. Stephen Sadlowski Says: November 1st, 2006 at 6:56 pm

      Look – I was there and I heard what Kerry said and he meant no insult to you or anyone else.

      But I’ll tell you what I see the kids in my daughter’s high school and I know how hard many of them are struggling. Kerry wants better for those kids. Why should every kid have the opportunity to go to college.

      Our mayor who was a high school drop out got what Kerry was saying. Look what Antonio Villraigosa did with his life, just like you he turned it around.

      I don’t take kindly to being called ill-informed or a socialist. And I have plenty of family who has served including my father, so before you come here and insult me again I suggest you take a deep breath and understand that no one insulted the military – not John Kerry and not me.

    41. […] rong on the facts, but that’s never stopped a liberal from raving before. (h/t Ace) Here’s another one: Talk about speaking the stark truth to students who want more out of life. T […]

    42. Folk’s,

      I am a military man and have been for over 20 years now. I can and will tell you that wishy-washy Kerry did not intend on insulting our military. I honestly believe that in the excitement of the moment the words just came out a tad wrong. Be assured that we have the brightest military in the world, bar none. Don’t let anyone try to tell you otherwise. To believe that is a big mistake. And, while I’m here I’ll tell you that my reason for joining was out of bordom. Most kid’s today do enter the military for educational finances. There’s nothing wrong with that. Once a person enters they earn a sence of pride for thier country and the unmistakeable feeling of patriotism. I certainly hope there’s nothing wrong with that either. Some stay at the end of thier first-term service, and some do not for personal reasons. It’s not always an easy way of life. Yes, it is a way of life. A very diciplined life for the most part. We do need fresh folk’s from high school’s and college’s to keep our military the best. Plain and simple. Getting stuck in Iraq is not pleasant. However, my since of duty prevails over anything nice and pleasant. Call it brainwashed. Call it responsability. Call it what you will. For now Iraq is something that has to be done. Good or bad.

    43. Humbled

      Thank you for sharing your views and thank you for your service.

    44. Sorry for the grammer mistake’s. I’ve been up for a long while….

    45. Humbled

      No prob — and welcome to the Dem Daily.

    46. […] ou have to do is read the moonbat blogs to see this is true. For example, Pamela Leavey at The Democratic Daily had this to say (H/T ALa at blonde sagacity): Talk about speaking […]

    47. This election period is not a slam-dunk for the Dems. Muzzle Kerry quickly.