In his analysis of some recent polling data out of the (once and future) Golden State, Ed Morrissey quotes a write-up that sounds like it was copied from my youngest nephew’s favorite book, that 1963 classic, Hop on Pop,
In the contest for Governor of California, it’s Republican Meg Whitman 47%, Democrat Jerry Brown 40% today. Compared to an identical SurveyUSA poll 3 weeks ago, Whitman is up 3, Brown is down 3.
The blogger formerly known as Captain Ed wonders what it will mean if both Brown and Barbara Boxer lose, whether it will signify a change in California politics or merely be a reflection on the quality of the candidates:
Of course, this could be a fluke, too, brought on by two very flawed Democrats. Jerry Brown is an ancient retread from the Paleobiggovernment Era in California, but not quite old enough for everyone to forget what a lousy job he did in his two terms as Governor from 1974-1982. And Barbara Boxer will be known as Senator Ma’am, a point embarrassing enough to merit a question during the debate — and for Boxer to pass on another chance to just apologize for her arrogance.
While there are clearly signs of a revitalization of a latent libertarianism in Golden State voters, I do think that had Democrats nominated better candidates for these statewide offices, their Republican challengers wouldn’t be doing nearly as well as they are.