The California primary elections next month will be interesting. The two Republican candidates in the leading statewide races are both wealthy corporate CEOs. Both call for fiscal restraint and reform but are socially liberal. In this they are similar to our present Governor, Arnold Schwartzenegger.
Both of these ladies have male primary challengers who are more socially conservative on the issues that arouse the Wingnut base. In a Republican primary, one or both of these ladies could be defeated by their leading opponents.
The irony is that Whitman will almost certainly win the Governorship in the general election if she makes it that far and while I do not think Carly can beat Barbara Boxer out of her Senate seat, some think that she might. If they are defeated in the primaries, it is all but certain that the Democrats will keep the Senate seat and regain the Governorship.
I'm not sure people unfamiliar with California politics really understand the implications of the way the Republican lurch to the social right is going to affect the makeup of our roster of elected officials.
I wonder in how many states will the rise of the Wingnut and religious right, to control of the Republican Party, as may be happening in California, will increase their representation in government?