Barring a catastrophe, this will be the last Shifting Sands for a while. I find the turnout and results of the California primary a sufficient rationale for entering into hiatus. E. J. Dionne provides some insight as to why this is a wise decision. Dionne is a well respected (by progressives, at any rate) progressive voice. That he misses the glaringly obvious is, therefore, completely unsurprising - and completely satisfactory.
Total turnout based upon the total vote on Proposition 82 of 4.1M (total vote for all candidates in the gubernatorial primary was 3.74M) was 26%. That's the lowest in California history. While California is no bellweather in terms of which party will predominate in a national election the general apathy shown by the voters is a very good indication that only the faithful will be showing up in November.
Rather than sacrifice millions of pixels on a no change election I think that my time would be better spent on looking at the means by which nongovernmental agencies are seeking to make societal changes. So, rather than paying any attention to the futility of the Kossacks in Las Vegas, I'll be watching this convention in Greensboro. There is going to be an interesting debate on the establishment of many more private schools. Given the financial muscle that the SBC is capable of bringing to bear upon a specific situation, the outcome will be much more important than anything that might occurr in Vegas.
If you're wondering what in the world I'm talking about when referring to SBC muscle - it was (and still is) the impetus to what has become known as the evangelical movement - the real "base".