California has often spun the cautionary tales of American progress.
Smog. Sprawl. Ronald Reagan.
With Republicans in full control in Washington, next year's prospects
Raise a Glass to the Stay-at-Home Voter?
How dismal was election night 2002?
Well, the elephant is out of the barn now. Congress is lost and whither
Congress, so will go the courts.
The talk of war has done its job.
Rove's hopes were far exceeded.
So maybe, with the voting done,
The war itself's not needed.
CORRECTION: John Eder of Maine, a Green, won state, not national, office.
The Republican wave that swept the country seemed to crash and recede
right at the California border, but only barely.
It's hard to beat something with nothing.
George W. Bush may have lost the 2000 election, but he won the 2002
election--with a good deal of help from Democrats, who took a dream
scenario and turned it into a political nightmare.
The President, let's understand, won a historic victory by committing
politics--shrewd, aggressive, old-fashioned, take-no-prisoners
politics--while the opposition party did the opposite.