"You lefties don't want to admit it, but I'm much closer to the center of American politics than you are."
I wrote that in my last post, and while it's true of America as a whole, it's not true of California in particular. As happy as I am with the rest of the country, the Pacific Coast stayed solidly Democratic. Here are California's results. I'll save you the time of looking them up and just tell you that for every single statewide office, including Attorney General, the Democratic candidate won.
Here's how the propositions fell out, with 93.8% of the vote counted (%Yes %No):
19 Legalize Marijuana in CA, Regulate and Tax 46.2% 53.8%
20 Redistricting of Congressional Districts 61.2% 38.8%
21 State Park Funding. Vehicle License Surcharge. 42.1% 57.9%
22 Prohibit State From Taking Some Local Funds 60.9% 39.1%
23 Suspend Air Pollution Control Law (AB 32) 38.6% 61.4%
24 Repeal Allowance of Lower Business Tax Liability 41.6% 58.4%
25 Simple Majority Vote to Pass Budget 55.0% 45.0%
26 2/3 Vote for Some State/Local Fees 52.6% 47.4%
27 Eliminate State Redistricting Commission 40.5% 59.5%
How can California be so liberal as to reelect Barbara Boxer and elect Democrats to every single statewide office and most seats in the legislature, but not legalize marijuana or allow gay marriage? How does that happen?
As National Review says,“This election means two things for California: 1. It is now more likely to end up needing a federal bailout, and 2. It is less likely to find Congress receptive to that idea.” If nothing else, this should be a great laboratory for democracy. With Democrats running our entire state government and and Republicans running much of the rest of the country, we'll see if anyone notices any differences.
I'll be paying close attention, you can count on it.
Update: If you want to see why California should be split into two states--and even see the borders of these two states--click here and then click on each statewide office (governor, lt. governor, etc.) to see how each county voted. It's pretty obvious.