June 21, 2004


Hispanic Republicans surge in California (Steve Miller, June 20, 2004, The Washington Times)

It was predicted, and doubted, years ago.

There are seven Hispanic Republicans challenging Democratic incumbents for congressional seats and another dozen or so running for the state Assembly. [...]

The Democratic utopia of California makes such a proposed transformation all the more unlikely because it is a state where Democrats have ruled with the faithful help of the nationally coveted Hispanic vote.

Even state pundits don't doubt some of these challenges.

"You know, Loretta Sanchez is vulnerable," Dick Rosengarten, publisher of the state political news weekly California Political Week, said of the 47th District incumbent. "And some of these other Hispanic candidates can make things tough for the incumbents. The state party has done a tremendous job of recruiting here." [...]

Today's 7.65 percent gap in voter registration between Republicans and Democrats is the narrowest since the 1930s.

Some state Republicans are so confident that they believe President Bush can take the state in November. Party chiefs, off the record, doubt such a thing.

"I applaud [California Republican Party Chairman] Duf Sundheim for rolling out these Hispanic Republicans," says Art Torres, chairman of the California Democratic Party. "The incumbents do need to watch out, and it's healthy."

Retirements and deaths will have changed the numbers somewhat, but the current Congress began with something like 205 Democratic members and fully 33 of them hailing from CA. The GOP is poised to dominate Congress for years anyway, but if they start making inroads in CA the Democrats will be reduced to praying for the next Depression.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 21, 2004 9:29 AM

Unfortunately I'm not convinced that a new Depression is a very far-fetched idea.

Posted by: Guy T. at June 21, 2004 10:15 AM


Even detonation of a dirty bomb in an American city would just be a ratcheting up at this point. We'd deal with it and get back to business.

Posted by: oj at June 21, 2004 10:20 AM

Praying for it? Just listen to them--it's already here.

Posted by: jsmith at June 21, 2004 10:29 PM