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

ocarol500 Wrote: Aug 26, 2012 10:39 AM
What this points to in my estimation is States Rights ... there's a "National" Republican Party and a "State" or local Republican Party. On the Basics, Unity, on what best fits your State, diversity. I guess deciding what the Basics will be is the hardest part of that.

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...