Here, in the heart of Obamaland, Californians don’t seem too enthusiastic about their choices for Senator and Govrrnor. LIving just over two miles from the center of Hollywood. I often drive through some of the most liberal jurisdictions of the country. Henry Waxman is my Congressman. He’s going to have a close election this year. He’ll edge his opponent by just 25 points.
Yet, despite the overwhelmingly Democratic makeup of this area,I have seen a total of three bumper stickers for the statewide elections, two on the same car, one for Jerry Brown, the other for his soon-to-be septuagenarian sidekick, a Ma’am Barbara Boxer. On another car, I saw one for the unsmiling Senator. If Democrats aren’t slapping bumper stickers on their cars in this area (where such signs of support are considered a status symbol), where would they be doing it?
As a point of comparison. When I drove to the grocery store earlier this week, I passed more cars with Obama stickers than the number of cars I have seen with Boxer stickers during the entire campaign. Indeed, in the average parking lot, I see more Obama stickers on cars than the number of Boxer and Brown stickers combined I have seen in this entire campaign.
A lesbian friend who lives in Venice (another very liberal jurisdiction) reports the same thing, “I have seen only 1. And I am [on the] road almost all day.”
Doesn’t sound like Southern California voters are too enthusiastic about their choices this time around. How that will impact turnout is anybody’s guess.
UPDATE: Just returned from the post office where I mailed the first draft of the last chapter of my dissertation and saw a car with Carly and Meg stickers. So, I’ve almost seen as many Republican bumper stickers in this left-wing bailiwick as I have seen Democratic ones.