After the election of a Republican governor in Virginia, the headlines spoke of the lesson Republicans could learn from that election. Now that San Francisco voters, for the second time this year, have recalled far left office holders, there is a lesson to be learned courtesy of San Francisco voters.
Voter registration in San Francisco is an astounding 62.9% Democrat and 6.7% Republicans. Yet in two recall elections this year, San Francisco voters ousted Democrat politicians — and the nation took notice.
In February, three very “woke” far-left school board members, more concerned about social justice than education, were recalled by huge margins. The votes in favor of their recall reached 76%+, 72%+ and 68%+.
In the wake of that, the liberal Mayor of San Francisco London Breed declared that “The voters of this city have delivered a clear message.” At the time, The New York Times wrote that “The landslide result is already being analyzed for its implications for the city’s upcoming elections.”
Those implications were defined on Primary Day in June when 60%+ voted to recall the very liberal Democrat San Francisco D.A., Chesa Boudin, who allowed crime and homelessness to run rampant in the once picturesque, cable cars-to-sky, San Francisco. A place where people no longer leave their heart but could lose their wallet and much worse.
The lessons of those recalls should not be overlooked by anyone.
1. Politics have become very national. We used to think that “all politics are local.” However, at the time that phrase was coined in 1932, we didn’t have television or multimedia. The internet/social media age has transformed politics.
Stories once local, are beamed across the country live. Crime in one part of the country creates anxiety in nearly all parts of the country. Special elections, once local, are funded nationally. The political parties and their candidates that fail to see the implications of that change risk being left behind.
2. Pictures are ever more important than words. The world knows of the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousands words.” That, too, predates modern media. Now, it is important to understand that, in the internet/social media age, a single picture can dispel a thousand lies.
The videos of looters in San Francisco dispelled every claim of the San Francisco DA’s office about the need for social justice or how he was “reforming” criminal justice. The videos showed San Francisco voters, and the nation, what actually had become of their neighborhoods.
No explanation was needed, and false narratives could not be sustained. Those videos made the difference in the San Francisco recall.
Want to change the border crisis? Broadcast videos into every home of what cartel crime is really like on the border.
3. Being fearless along with Elon Musk. In the recall campaign against the San Francisco DA Boudin, the Yes on the recall aired a very effective ad that told voters that Boudin had ended the task force on car break-ins.
For a city that suffered over 40,000 car break-ins in a recent three-year period, that had educated many voters as to why their city was now dangerous.
At the time of the San Francisco School Board Elections, the left complained that it was driven by huge donations from a billionaire. The recalled San Francisco DA whined about billionaire election funding, too.
Indeed, billionaires did donate to those causes. Then again, George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg and many other billionaires support election efforts on the left.
The lesson for Republicans is that raising issue awareness matters and political marketing matters. They both require money.
Along with the San Francisco recalls, Elon Musk has proved that you can take on the status quo and survive. In other words, being fearless wins.
4. Picking the right issues matters. In the age of Big Government, and in our Divided Era, as I have termed the current times, it is not enough for Republicans to simply campaign on rights and freedom. That appeals only to a minority of voters.
Government spending, at all levels, exceeds 40% of the economy. That means nearly everyone is getting some form of government benefits.
In order to win, Republicans must pinpoint issues that are relevant to voters during the election cycle. That is why now-Virginia Gov.Glenn Youngkin focused on education and succeeded, and the same can be said of the San Francisco School Board recalls.
Similarly, the issue of crime is perhaps the hottest issue in California and was the focus of the San Francisco recall.
5. Providing a choice matters. When Youngkin was campaigning, he provided the Virginia voters with a clear alternative to what the Democrats were offering. That included Youngkin specifically said he would ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory as part of his focus on education. It was a stark contrast to his opponent who said parents shouldn’t have a say as to what teachers teach children.
Beyond that, Youngkin campaigned on a “Day One Game Plan.”
Other examples of the benefits of providing clear choices abound including the agenda of candidate Ronald Reagan that changed the world. For Republicans everywhere, there is no time like the present to accept the lessons of recent history in order to preserve the republic.
Tom Del Beccaro is an acclaimed author, speaker and national columnist as well as a radio and television commentator. Tom is the Chairman of carevival.com. Read Tom Del Beccaro's Reports — More Here.
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