Blue Wave? No, a Green Tsunami

The Signal - - Opinion - Steve LUNETTA Steve Lunetta is a res­i­dent of Santa Clarita and his Hawai­ian name is now “Papa he’enalu Pa­hale” which means “King of the Waves,” sort of. He can be reached at [email protected]­hoo.com.

We were sit­ting in the surf off Waikiki re­cently, me on an old-style long­board and my bride Tr­ish on a shorter new-fan­gled board fa­vored by much younger peo­ple and pro surfers. In her younger days, she taught Duke Ka­hanamoku how to surf.

Then it hap­pened. Sud­denly, a gi­ant, 30-foot mon­ster rogue wave ap­peared! Young fam­i­lies were flee­ing the beaches. Sirens alerted all to the im­pend­ing doom.

I turned to face the beach and be­gan pad­dling, ea­ger to tame the grow­ing liq­uid beast un­der my feet. Feel­ing the old board ac­cel­er­ate, I pressed my­self up and got my front foot planted. I slid the sec­ond foot up and briefly stood, king of the Mother of All Waves, when my rear foot sud­denly slipped, a vic­tim of too lit­tle wax on my stick (thanks, Dave).

Twist­ing my body in a des­per­ate at­tempt to es­cape cer­tain death at the hands of the blue be­he­moth, I col­lided with the board, in­jur­ing my ribs. The paramedics said it was a mir­a­cle I sur­vived.

OK. The wave was only 2 feet tall. And the fam­i­lies weren’t run­ning but laugh­ing. The “blue tsunami” that I was rid­ing turned out to not be such a mon­ster after all. My in­jury was more self-in­flicted than any­thing.

My ribs still hurt, though. Not as much as my pride, though. True story.

This re­minds me a great deal of the “Blue Tsunami” that my friend Gary Hor­ton re­cently wrote about. To be hon­est, the suc­cess of the Democrats in flip­ping the House was not all that sur­pris­ing. Mid-term elec­tions of­ten fa­vor the party that does not hold the White House.

I think that both par­ties play the game of “blame the guy in the White House for all your trou­bles” be­cause it’s very easy to do. And we Amer­i­cans are pretty stupid, some­times.

Of course, it helps when you have a di­vi­sive pres­i­dent in of­fice who does not con­sider his words, Twit­ters while ine­bri­ated (maybe), and who ac­tively wars with the me­dia. This tends to am­plify his worst at­tributes and plays into the hands of the Demo­cratic PR ma­chine.

But, the sup­posed Blue Tsunami re­ally did not im­pact the Se­nate. In fact, it went the op­po­site way. Be­fore the elec­tion, it was 51-49 red, but after, it is 53-47 red. If it was so over­pow­er­ing, the Se­nate would be blue, too.

A friend re­cently sent me some in­ter­est­ing data. Bre­it­bart re­cently re­ported that Con­gres­sional Dem can­di­dates spent $2.53 bil­lion while Repubs only spent $2.20 bil­lion. Wow. That means a $330 mil­lion dif­fer­ence.

Sounds more like a Green Wave than a Blue.

Lo­cally, the dif­fer­ence was even more stark. The Cen­ter for Re­spon­sive Pol­i­tics (OpenSe­crets.org) re­ports that Steve Knight spent about $2.033 mil­lion on his cam­paign while Katie Hill spent $5.891 mil­lion (FEC data as of Dec. 3).

That’s al­most three times as much money! Cowabunga, that’s a huge green curl!

An­other part of the OpenSe­crets web­site listed the out­side do­na­tions for each cam­paign. This in­cludes money that was not sent di­rectly to the cam­paigns but was spent to op­pose a can­di­date. Yeah, that’s where those nasty but fun hit mail­ers came from.

It looks like Katie got about $11.254 mil in sup­port while Steve only got $6.916 mil. A 63 per­cent dif­fer­ence. Of the 52 out­side or­ga­ni­za­tions listed, only five were listed as con­ser­va­tive. Talk about out­side in­ter­fer­ence.

All of that out­side money was like pour­ing mo­tor oil on Steve’s surf­board. No amount of wax was go­ing to stop him from slip­ping.

I also have my un­of­fi­cial sub­jec­tive mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem as well. On the day be­fore the elec­tion, we re­ceived nine po­lit­i­cal mail­ers, seven were Demo­crat/lib­eral and two Repub­li­can/con­ser­va­tive (22 per­cent red).

On the Fri­day be­fore, we re­ceived 15 mail­ers (yes 15!) with 11 blue and four red (27 per­cent red). I would also haz­ard a guess that about 75 per­cent of the TV spots were for Katie while 25 per­cent were for Steve.

This tends to line up with the spend­ing dis­clo­sures given on­line.

Un­for­tu­nately, money does of­ten buy elec­tions. I think that the Democrats saw their op­por­tu­nity and ef­fec­tively cre­ated a nar­ra­tive with un­prece­dented lev­els of spend­ing. And all it bought them was the House.

Blue Wave? Nah. Green Wave, more ac­cu­rately. Cowabunga.

It looks like Katie got about $11.254 mil in sup­port while Steve only got $6.916 mil. A 63 per­cent dif­fer­ence. Of the 52 out­side or­ga­ni­za­tions listed, only five were listed as con­ser­va­tive. Talk about out­side in­ter­fer­ence.

All of that out­side money was like pour­ing mo­tor oil on Steve’s surf­board.

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