Some of my Democratic friends are ecstatic about the ongoing crash of the California Republicans. I’m not so sanguine. The California Democratic Party has become a shell and mostly a shill -- for ever narrower special interests. Two million bucks is the take the party gets just from that font of progressivism, the prison-guard lobby. Nothing would be better for the state -- and even for liberals, progressives and reformers -- than to have a vigorous, enlightened, moderate and viable Republican Party out there putting pressure on and competing with the Democrats.
If the best an uncontested Democratic Party can produce is four more years of Gray Davis, then all I can say is, please wake me up when it‘s all over.