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To California GOP, Tampa a Far-Away and Hostile Planet

Barrie9 Wrote: Aug 27, 2012 4:26 PM
If this broad Vann doesn't have the guts to sign a no new tax pledge, she hasn't got my vote. I am tired of voting for women that want the power but not the responsibility. That is the problem with California republicans of the female persuasion, they have no guts but plenty of "" Don't call me Mam, I worked hard for this position I now hold" Power but no guts to be responsible to thier constituents...............

Like teenagers on vacation with their parents, Republicans from blue states and Democrats from red states don't want to be seen with party elders.

"I don't spend a lot of time thinking about Mitt Romney," Elizabeth Emken, the Republican who will face off against Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in November, recently told me. "That's the truth. I've never met him."

Emken thinks she has a shot at winning the election precisely because she is not the pick of the GOP establishment. "We've had millionaires and billionaires and CEOs and movie stars," said Emken in a not-so-subtle swipe at...