Last year (July of 2007, to be exact), I was walking through the Tenderloin District of San Francisco and noticed this huge banner on the side of a building at the intersection of Turk and Hyde, sporting the phrase,
Carole Migden: LEADING California’s Campaign Against The War.

Say what? The State of California has a “campaign” against “The War”?

What campaign? First I’ve heard of it. And which “war”? The war in Afghanistan? The “war on terror”? The war in Iraq? And in what way is Carole Midgen the uncommander-in-chief?

Carole Midgen, for those who don’t know, is a California State Senator, representing Marin County and this part of San Francisco.

Most importantly, Midgen is only a state politician, and as such has absolutely no role or decision-making power when it comes to national foreign policy. It’s not like she’s a congressperson or some other federal official.

I realize that this is a moot point by now, over a year after the fact (especially since Migden will be replaced in November by a new State Senator), but: Who paid for this banner? And why?

27 Responses to “Carole Migden: Leading California’s Campaign Against The War”

  1. 1ProtestShooter on Sep 27, 2008 at 10:03 am:

    OK, that’s just weird.

  2. 2dm60462 on Sep 27, 2008 at 11:05 am:

    Obama was just my IL State Senator and look at what he’s morphed into. Beware the State Senator that makes grandiose claims!

  3. 3Ken on Sep 27, 2008 at 3:55 pm:

    “Who paid for this banner? And why?”

    Maybe it was Clear Channel, note small blue sign at bottom.

  4. 4Ken on Sep 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm:

    From her Wikipedia page:

    “Staunchly opposed to the war in Iraq, Migden became one of the first critics of the war and passed a Senate resolution making California the first state in the nation to formally oppose the surge of troops in Iraq”


    Make of that what you will

  5. 5DangerousNate on Sep 27, 2008 at 6:51 pm:

    “Glittering generalities”

  6. 6Christina on Sep 27, 2008 at 10:39 pm:

    Another reason to pray that California breaks off at the San Andreas Fault and just slips into the sea.

  7. 7average_guy on Sep 28, 2008 at 10:40 am:


    I’m not in favor of Zombie sliding into the sea….(unless its voluntarily at the beach).

  8. 8Bookworm on Sep 28, 2008 at 1:21 pm:

    I haven’t been to that part of San Francisco in a while, but I had precisely the same reaction as you did the moment I first saw that. Of course, in Marin County, town councils routinely try to enact resolutions against the War in Iraq. So far, calmer heads have prevailed, pointing out that the town councils’ responsibilities are to keep the towns functioning, not to get involved in international politics.

    Migden, by the way, suffers from the same hubris as so many on the Left. It was she who committed a hit and run earlier this year, and then, when she committed another hit and tried to run, she tried to weasel out of it with a “Do you know who I am” statement. Yes, I know who you are: you’re a dishonest, liberal narcissist. Do you have any other questions you’d like me to answer?

  9. 9SaintApathy on Sep 29, 2008 at 11:34 pm:

    Dear Ghawd.

    I think I’ve seen hairstyles done with eggbeaters that made people appear to look less batshite than that screaching harpie does. I’m surprised your lense didn’t crack while you were focusing Zom. She’s leading jack & shit right now. I am thankful that she didn’t get her party’s nomination for another term. She is a poster child for hyper-leftist narcissism. More Marin spawned self-importance. I don’t know what the heck she”s gonna do for her post political career. Some rabid leftist, awash in cash, non-profit will appoint her to their governing board or something. Egads.

  10. 10Andrew Pandap on Oct 16, 2008 at 10:39 am:

    This reminds me of why I left SF for NYC. This may be the epicenter of the leftie media, but the voters here are pretty hard-nosed about competent leadership that tries to address the city’s problems. When I lived in “The City” the supervisors endlessly debated human rights in Burma while the transit system and the city’s parklands went down the toilet, and Willie Brown gilded the dome of City Hall. How nice that Carole kept her Tenderloin constituents focused on the big picture–so to speak–rather than the filthy streets, corrupt cops, and thrown-away citizens that surrounded them wherever else they looked at the intersection of Turk and Hyde.

  11. 11Geologist on Oct 20, 2008 at 10:19 am:

    News flash …. the San Andreas Fault runs west of San Francisco. And, it moves in a right lateral motion (one plate sliding past the other). Nothing is falling off of California. Although, 20 million years from now, there will be a sort of “Reverse Baja” sticking up north toward Alaska.

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