Monday, June 16, 2003

Much like the revolutionary tide sweeping Iran(see below), a Pro-Democracy, Pro-Capitalism movement is beginning to take hold California.

  • Gray Davis Recall

  • This demonstrates an interesting shift in the focus of American politics. In the 2000 and 2002 elections, most of the battles were fought by the national party apparatus utilizing local mechanics. This was shown in the ballot counting fiasco in Florida, the fight for the Senate seat in New Jersey, and the run-off election in Louisiana. Now t appears that the State party leaders are beginning to understand the national consequences of local politics. This is shown in the recent fights over redistricting in Texas and the current movement to recall the Governor of California. This could be foreshadowing the 2004 presidential election. The victor of the 2004 election will most likely owe their success to a brutal campaign fought and won in the trenches of local politics and not on the national stage. This definitely elevates the importance of local party mangers, and those who have the best ground forces in key states will fair better than those who continue the 90's model of presidential campaigns. This could only be surmised as a natural result of the close elections of 2000 and 2004.