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

Stephen908 Wrote: Aug 26, 2012 8:59 AM
California, testicular atrophy.

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...