Monday, June 12, 2006

California: Political questions - independent voters and centrism....

'Arnold unplugged' is back and as enthusiastic as ever
By Daniel Weintraub Sunday, June 11, 2006 ...It remains to be seen whether the voters will agree that he has kept his promises. Californians do still like Schwarzenegger. A recent poll found that 71 percent of adults and even 57 percent of Democrats said they like the governor as a person. But many Democrats and independents, and even a good number of Republicans, are unhappy with his performance in office and say they do not intend to vote to give him a second term.... [more]

How Angelides Can Win by Randy Shaw‚ Jun. 11‚ 2006 BeyondChron
Since 1980, Republicans and Democrats have pursued contrasting electoral strategies. Republicans have galvanized their base, while Democrats have sought to keep their base while moving to the center to win independent voters. The results? Right-wing Republicans now control all three branches of the federal government, and set the national debate. The message is obvious: Democrats must energize their base to win. Phil Angelides accomplished this in the primary campaign, but editorial writers and media pundits are now claiming he must “move to the center” to win in November. History says otherwise. Angelides will beat Schwarzenegger if he mobilizes his base, and convinces working and middle-class voters that he will stand with them against the big corporations and wealthy special interests that control both the Governor and the Republican Party. ... [more]

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