CALIFORNIA: Super PAC Ad Raps About Bobblehead Darrell Issa’s Vote To Repeal Obamacare [VIDEO]

The Los Angeles Times reports:

Former California Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is taking on Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) over his healthcare vote in an ad for her super PAC aimed at electing Democrats.

The online ad, titled “Darrell-iction,” aimed at people in Issa’s district, began running Wednesday. It is the first in the super PAC’s campaign targeting House Republicans who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. All 14 Republicans in California’s delegation voted for the GOP effort to repeal the healthcare law in May.

The ad shows a bobblehead doll of Issa on the dashboard of a car driven by an actor with reddish blonde hair who appears to be portraying President Trump. A bobblehead of Trump appears on the dashboard halfway through.

Issa is considered one of the most vulnerable Republicans. As you’ll see below, the clip mocks Issa for having recorded the famed Viper car alarm voice warning to “step away from the car.”

  • Max_1

    The blonde hair red capped driver is suspiciously Trumpish…

  • bambinoitaliano
    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      where do I donate??

      • bambinoitaliano
        • Jonathan Smith

          cute publicity stunt. 0% chance of it actually happening.
          does she have a book coming out or something?

          • bambinoitaliano

            Any publicity against the shit gibbon is a good PR. Unless this is a global effort, I doubt it will reach its goal. Oh and if George Soros somehow involve in it 😛

          • another_steve

            I had the same thought, Jonathan.

            I’d also like to know what she intends to do with the money collected.

    • Tawreos

      It would be nice to see it happen. I guess the White House needs to learn that not giving someone a platform to spread their lies is not the same as taking away their first amendment rights.

      • another_steve

        I’d be curious to hear what constitutional experts have to say on this.

        A business has the right to ban someone who refuses to abide by its terms of service and conduct, certainly – but can it legally ban someone based solely on the content – or the “popularity” – of the person’s views?

        • The_Wretched

          Currently, a business may kick out anyone for nearly any reason. Trump’s not a protected class egro, bootable. Should businesses have this much discretion? That’s a different question.

          • another_steve

            Wait wait…

            If I’m Business X – fully licensed by the state to do business in the public arena – and I decide to categorically ban, say, all self-identified Democrats from doing business with me… that’s okay? That’s legal?

            The state will say, “fine”?

          • robindaybird

            Political affinity is a legally protected class, screaming abuse at others in not, and Trump basically isn’t sending messages about being a republican, he just attack and whine.

          • another_steve

            “…screaming abuse at others is not.” Vague, that. Not sure what you mean.

            Your free speech right in these United States of America extends to your right to get up on a podium and declare that People X are the scum of the earth and deserve to be stripped of all their rights and freedoms.

            If, however, you overtly incite others to violence…”Go out there, my friends, seek those people and throw them the hell out of their homes”… that is not protected speech.

            It’s different, of course, in other countries – but that’s the way it is here.

          • The_Wretched

            Probably legal. The exact details will matter. Race is so closely linked to party affiliation in most areas that there’d be a ‘race’ protected class problem in all likelihood.

          • another_steve

            I know that religious organizations and institutions are exempt from certain civil rights laws and may legally discriminate (e.g., “only people of Religion X may work here as teachers”) but aside from that, it’s legal for a business to say “no People X here”?

            This gets to the ongoing “bakers refusing to bake cakes for queer couples” thing.

            How could it possibly be constitutional for a business licensed to serve all the people (like a bakery) to say, “No self-identified Democrats allowed in this store”?

          • The_Wretched

            Absent a law granting a protection against discrimination; a business may discriminate. Federal laws grant protections for about 7 classes of people but it varies a bit on the margins. cf

            The bakers, bed and breakfast, florists, photographers (notice the pattern of anything to do with weddings?) and the like were breaking State or local unit of government anti-discrimination law (city law).

            “Democrat” or “party affiliation” discrimination is not one of the protected classes that I’m aware of for any law. However, just last year the SCOTUS in a redistricting case seemed to say that being a Dem is so closely the same thing as being a PoC that political gerrymandering might have to fall. There’s a case out of MI this year to answer exactly that question.

          • another_steve

            Thanks for that background.

            I just find it intuitively/instinctively horrifying to think that a business licensed to do business in the public square (as opposed to, say, my selling homegrown produce on my front lawn) may legally prevent any member of the public from doing business with it. Just horrific.

            I mean, obviously: If someone is being abusive or violent, I can order him out of my shop. That’s common sense.

            But…legal, anywhere, for a licensed business to say, “I see you have a Democratic Party lapel on your jacket. I don’t serve Democrats. Please leave.” ???


  • Tawreos

    Hopefully chaining these assholes to Trump will hurt them.

  • another_steve

    There used to be honorable Republicans, but no more.

    You cannot be honorable and associate yourself with today’s Republican Party.

    • Publius

      Preaching to the choir alert:

      I think we all know that lots of people, including gay people, would be Republican if not for the party’s swerve to the right since the Reagan era. My father and grandfather would talk fondly about the old Republican Party that actually had principles worth following, the party that built the interstates, established the EPA, sent troops to the South to confront racist segregationists.

      Personally I want to be proud of both our parties. I want us to have a two-party system in which choosing the party to support is an actually difficult decision. Our country deserves two parties with respectable governing philosophies. Instead we have a party whose primary function is to provide cover to the worst this country has to offer, under the guise of freedom and opportunity.

      • another_steve

        Very well said, Publius.

        The progressive libertarian side of me adheres to certain traditional Republican values: A free market unencumbered by excessive (emphasis on “excessive”) regulation. Small government that is lean and mean and without pork. A strong national defense. Those are all goals and values I endorse.

        Lyndon Johnson’s brave and bold signing of the civil rights laws of the 60s put the Republican Party on a track to hell. Racial tensions took over the party, clearing the way for christofascists to enter the scene — as they first did, full force, during the Reagan years.

        Today their party is an open, simmering cesspool.

    • Todd20036

      This isn’t new, though. You think republicans were honorable when W started 2 wars off the books?
      When Bill Clinton was impeached over a blow job?
      When Reagan ignored the AIDS crisis and exchanged arms for hostages?
      WHen Nixon spied on the DNC?
      You have to go back to Eisenhower to find an honorable republican, and he was before my time.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        eisenhower, lincoln and teddy were anomalies in an otherwise scurrilous pack of robber barons

      • another_steve

        There were honorable Republicans during the Nixon years.

        There were congressional Republicans who were horrified over Watergate, spoke so, and were instrumental in getting Nixon to resign.

        Where are such Republicans today re Russiagate?

        • Do Something Nice

          How did those ‘honorable Republicans’ feel about Nixon extending a war to win an election?

      • stevenj

        In a sense Eisenhower was honorable. He at least had the foresight to warn Americans about the (at the time new and growing rapidly) military industrial complex. But he had a real bad apple in Allen Dulles (head of CIA) who was very busy sowing the seeds of today’s modern terrorism and unending war.

      • I think there’s always been bad apples among the good. As bad as Nixon was, we shouldn’t forget that two-thirds of Senate Republicans were ready to vote to remove him from office before he resigned. In my opinion, Newt Gingrich pushed hard for the rabid partisanship over sanity that brought us to th extremism of today. There were still some more honorable Republicans for a time but any survivors have had to cowtow to the extremists.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Rethugs honorable? when everything is freemarket theres no such thing as honor

  • Publius

    It’s not gonna happen. 2016 was a close election for Issa because Democrats gave him a run for his money: Democratic and Republican turnout swelled to almost twice the turnout of the 2014 midterms. If ever Issa were to be voted out, it would have been 2016. Since Democrats can’t be bothered to vote, like almost every other midterm election Republicans will have the upper hand with a higher turnout. Democrats shouldn’t throw money at ousting Issa until 2020.

    • TCinBerkeley

      How are they going to know if they don’t try? Also, the party out of power does better in the off year elections than they do if an incumbent is running for President.

      Perhaps 2018 is going to be one of those rare years that Dems actually get out the vote. I am hoping with Perez and Ellison elected as the heads of the Dem Nat’l Committee that they will work on GOTV in every state and every congressional district (like Dean did when he was head of the party).

      • Publius

        Hear me out.

        They did try, and they failed. Just look at past years elections in the 49th district. As always, midterm turnout among Republicans is higher than that of Democrats. What made the 49th close for Issa in 2016 was the fact that 2016 was a presidential election year, with unusually high Democratic turnout. What I’m saying — and what’s a perfectly reasonable argument to understand putting talking points aside — is that if Democrats were going to win, then they were going to win in 2016 with higher turnout; in 2018 they will inevitably turn out in lower numbers, cancelling out the competitiveness of the 49th. 2020 is the best shot for Democrats if they’re being honest with themselves about the turnout of their supporters.

        • TCinBerkeley

          I understand what you are saying and I am mindful of the fact that it doesn’t look great, but if they don’t do anything then the Democrats would get called out over that as well.

          I would rather that they made an effort than sit on their hands. Dean’s GOTV program when he was head of the DNC moved a lot of districts to the Dems. Unfortunately, Obama and his head of the DNC didn’t continue the program and the party (and the country) suffered for it.

          Not every challenge to an incumbent is going to be a winner, but with someone as odious as Issa I think it can’t hurt to keep pushing.

    • The_Wretched

      No, the Dems need to give a best effort every time. Giving up is not how you win at politics.

    • SoCalGal20

      Doug Applegate lost by 1600 votes in 2016 so instead fighting harder for the district we should just give up. I see. That makes complete sense! /s

      Do you work for Darrell Issa or the GOP?

      • Publius

        If you need to assume bad faith of someone you disagree with in order to stomach their argument, then maybe there’s something wrong with how you’re contributing to discourse.

        To you and the rest, I don’t believe they should give up. I believe they should save their resources for winnable elections, to include this district, only in 2020. The Democrats have finite financial resources, and they should be used wisely. There are plenty of swing districts deserving of attention.

        • SoCalGal20

          This is one of THE diatricts that Dems are already targeting. There are seven in CA that they’re going to try to get. A lot of people on CA-49 do not like Issa and want him gone. So NO they should not wait until 2020.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Great political ad.

  • Do Something Nice

    Who the fuck paid for this nonsense? Issa is elected by people in his district, not those in South Central LA. So this will have ZERO affect upon his next election. None.

    • Do Something Nice

      Demographics of Issa’s district:

      61.5% White
      2.3% Black
      6.9% Asian
      25.8% Hispanic
      3.5[3]% other

      • TCinBerkeley

        Orange County is filled with white adults and teens who listen to rap music. A large portion of the rap music listening public is white (I have seen estimates of 60% and as high as 80% – but that last seems inflated) and has been since the 90’s.

        Also, a Super PAC paid for this “nonsense”, so why are you so worked up about it? I am glad Boxer is doing something beside collecting speaking fees, which seems to be the default among retired Dem politicians.

        • Do Something Nice

          First, only a very small piece of Orange County is in his district. Second, because the Democrats have blown just about every opportunity to put together decent messages targeted for specific demographic groups. Third, with all that Democrats could be doing, targeting Issa with something those most of his voters will never see IS NOT EFFECTIVE.

          We may be winning in some polls, but the Republicans are way ahead in fund raising.

          • TCinBerkeley

            Personally, I think that everything should be done to get Issa out. As noted in the article, he is one of the most vulnerable candidates. I have a feeling that this ad was probably put in front of a few test audiences as well before it ever got posted to YouTube.

            Where are you seeing that Republicans are ahead in fundraising? Because everything I have seen says the opposite including this article from the WSJ:

          • TCinBerkeley

            My error, I was thinking of Rohrbacher’s district and not San Diego.

          • Do Something Nice

            Well, these things are fluid. The 48th district that includes major parts of Orange County, and is Rohrbacher’s district, used to include most of the 49th district, which is Issa’s district. But that was before 2002.

          • Do Something Nice

            “The DNC raised just $3.8 million in July, compared to the $10.2 million raised by the RNC in the same month. While the GOP has no debt, the DNC added slightly to its debt in July, which now sits at $3.4 million. ”


            I want Issa out as well. But we have to be smart to get him canned. Given that older folks are the ones who vote, an ad that targets them, or Latinos, would be more effective.

        • Dagoril

          It’s a rightwing troll, no need to engage it.

          • Do Something Nice

            Thanks for responding. I forget to block you. Done.

    • Harveyrabbit

      That’s the first thing that occurred to me too. I expect many/most of Issa’s voters would think of that as “race music”.

    • His district is in the broadcast area of this ad. And a shit-ton of donors who can contribute to his opponents are in th broadcast area, too. Of all 435 members of the House, Issa is the single most vulnerable. His 2016 re-election was razor-thin, and was the last House race to be called (weeks after Election Day). I think the chances of Issa being re-elected in 2018 are extremely tiny. And everything they can be done to motivate the base and encourage opposition donors is a wise investment.

  • Jonathan Smith

    cute add. i guess.
    i DO wonder, how many of his voters listen to that type of music?
    i assume most are older, white, and conservative.

  • teeveedub

    Is that bobble head on the dashboard of a stolen car?

  • Chucktech

    I clearly must not understand how the intertubes work, but how does an online ad run in someone’s “district?”

    • johncAtl

      Your ISP identifies where you are. I travel on business all over the place and I always get local ads, on my computer and on my phone/tablet.

    • TCinBerkeley

      Well, it is on YouTube, but the PAC can pay for it to play as an ad on computers that are showing as being in Issa’s district and on television stations that broadcast in the district as well.

      It is very common for advertising of all sorts to be posted to YouTube were it can LIVE FOREVER!

  • Max_1

    Democrats need to take action, not just words…

    • Bluto

      Expect renewed cries to deport the UN. Too many feriners.

      • Jonathan Smith

        oh, dear lord. Again?

  • kareemachan

    GAWD, I hated that damned car alarm. Only thing ever which made me want to key a car if you walk on a sidewalk by one and it plays that message. Totally like a thread I read about the “Do Not Touch” signs in museums that actually make people want to touch the art. “I’ll stand back, you fothermucker car” and kick it.

  • Natty Enquirer

    “Step away from the Congressman.” That’s a parody of Issa’s own voice, immortalized in the car alarm that made him rich.


    o/t Science adviser to Trump resigns over Charlottesville. The first letters of each paragraph of his resignation letter spell ‘IMPEACH’.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    Issa would have a very very good chance of keeping his seat if he were in a “managed democracy” state like kansas. But he is in a free-to-vote state, california.

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  • thom

    OT: an example of good intentions making for stupid decisions… ESPN has removed one of their broadcast commentators from UVA football games because his name is Robert Lee. Seriously. WTF?

    • While I agree that it’s ridiculous, we should be clear that he wasn’t fired or demoted, just shifted assignments to cover a different game. ESPN over-reacted but I just want to make sure people don’t use incorrect details if they attack ESPN for the decision.

  • TimCA

    I’m a voter in the 49th CD. The ad doesn’t resonate with me personally. Glad I’m not paying for it. Just my two cents.

    • Do Something Nice

      It is a waste of money.

  • JWC

    I just hope the DNC does not do what the GOP did For 8 years. The GOP , as the understudy, waited in the wings for their turn to be on stage. When it came . they stunbled on stage and realized that they were horibly unrehearsed and unprepared

    • Do Something Nice

      If only the DNC could have a single, coherent plan for healthcare or ‘fixing’ Obamacare. But they can’t even manage that.

      • Hank

        Actually, we do not know what the DNC would do for fixing the ACA. They freely admit, that changes and improvements have to be made. However, since its passage, the Dems have NOT been in charge in Congress. If the Rethuglicans were NOT so hell bent on getting RID of the ACA, they could have improved it, easily in the last 7 years. Instead, they were Hell Bent on destroying “Obama’s Legacy”!!!

        • Do Something Nice

          But Democrats need to motive people to vote for them. “Not being Trump” isn’t enough, even though it should be.

      • JWC

        That is my biggest fear Should the balance of power change in 2018 What will they do that will be any different than the GOP in their first 6 month As GOP has done nothing but get rid of anything Obama will they do the same and be rid of anything Trump They should have a select group analysing the ACA . Find its weak points Fix what can be fixed arm wrestle Big Insurabe and Big Pharma to co operate and be ready to present it to the Ameican public

        • Hank

          They should also add on a change to allow for Medicare to NEGOTIATE on the price of drugs with Big Pharma, as well.

          • JWC

            Thats what I mean, go through the ACA point by point and pick up all the points tweak and adjust. Contrary to Trumpians who refer to it wrongly as Obama care the basic ACA has good points, not perfect but good

        • Do Something Nice

          And while I think ‘single-payer’ is the ONLY answer, I’m fine with baby steps that makes things better for people, which SHOULD be easy for Democrats to plan. But they haven’t.

          I’m pretty disappointed.

          • JWC

            Baby steps, anything progressive ,is far better than total repeal of the GOP Remember Donny said it was easy and we all know what a liar he is

  • Hank

    I am NOT amused!!! Seriously, the ad does not appeal to me, in the least. I cannot STAND Issa, and want him gone. Find a better ad and a STRONG Dem Candidate!!!

    • SoCalGal20

      I’m in the district next to Issa’s. Both Mike Levin and Doug Applegate are running against and both would make much better Congressmen.

    • Reality.Bites

      I don’t know if it’s a good ad or not, but you’re not the target of it.

      You’re a guaranteed voter and a guaranteed Democratic voter.

  • Lawerence Collins

    Hopefully a real progressive candidate will run.