While I've seen a number of articles with CA-50 (Cunningham's former seat) mentioned as the "bright hope" of the Dem/Kossack wing, primarily due to the knock down drag out campaign being run by Reps who know the seat is a sinecure once taken, I've seen little reporting on one of the nastiest campaigns I've seen in a very long time.
CA-11 (my district) is ably represented by Richard Pombo, a low profile, staunch Bush supporter. You've probably never heard of Pombo, which, as far as I am concerned, is a good thing. He takes care of business for his constitutents in an effective manner and he's not a camera hog. His primary opponent is "Pete" McCloskey, of whom the most charitable description that might be made is RINO. A more apt description would be "leftist jerk of the first water". His supporters have been running a phone call campaign that consists entirely of denigrating Pombo's service. Oddly enough, they don't mention McCloskey's support of the Vietnam Veterans Against War (VVAW) the Commie instigated group for whom young Lyin' John Kerry performed before the Fulbright committee back in '71.
McCloskey is a real geezer and his only reason for running is to knock Pombo's support down a bit. I have doubts as to the efficacy of the tactic but I'm positive the Kossacks believe it to be potentially fruitful.
There is also a ballot measure (82) for the establishment of indoctrination centers for four year olds (mislabeled 'preschool') which, in typically Californian fashion, is being pitched as being wholly paid for with a 'soak the rich again' tax increase. It's a typical California 'free lunch' measure but its passage is not certain. The gross incompetence of the state legislature here has improved the intelligence of the average voter to some extent. In this instance they may draw themselves a bit closer to the mean - although they will still be at least a standard deviation away.
I won't miss California a bit.
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