Wednesday, November 09, 2005

California's not a red state--it's the Golden State.

So said my hometown mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the victory party tonight. We were a little nervous early on, but soon began to put our minds at ease as the returns came in. I also got the chance to chat even more with Russ Warner and even got the chance to talk with Phil Angelides for a few minutes. I'm really looking forward to helping on those campaigns as well.

So there you have it--tens of millions of dollars spent on a special election that accomplished absolutely nothing and dealt the Republicans a stinging defeat at the polls, to go along with Democratic retention of the New Jersey and Virginia statehouses.

Still, I was hoping for at least one state issue in Ohio to pass, but I guess they love their machinery just as much as we in California love ours.

Now that I think about it, Arnold's failure here really opens the door wide for Angelides (or Westly) to seize the governorship in 2006. At this point, Arnold has pretty much been disgraced and is seen as completely ineffective and misguided.

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