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Circular firing squad alert: For decades, Democrats were mocked by Republicans for their self-destructive zest for internecine warfare. Now, it appears, California’s GOP has finally been turned on to the appeal of the intramural sport.
Over at Flashreport, our friend Jon Fleischman is leading a crusade to ban independents from voting in Republican primaries, a proposal that will come up for a vote at the state central committee meeting in a few weeks. Given that independents are the fastest-growing group of voters in California, while the GOP is fast becoming an endangered species, the move would seem, uh, a bit counter-intuitive, despite Fleischman’s characteristically vigorous argument in its favor.
Strictly observing our non-interventionist policy with sovereign states, Calbuzz takes no official stance on this partisan issue, but finds veteran wise man Tony Quinn’s thoughtful essay quite persuasive on the politics of the matter.
More bad news for Gavin: It seems appropriate that a Republican site is the first to call attention to the elephant in the room regarding Newsom’s bid for the Democratic nomination for governor.
While Newsom’s famous “whether you like it or not” comment about gay marriage, and all it implies about his character, is most often viewed as his key weakness, the aforementioned Jon Fleischman today surfaces the case of “Newsom’s Willie Horton,” the Edwin Ramos case.
Ramos is an illegal immigrant who shot and killed an innocent father and two sons on a San Francisco street. Before the tragic episode , Ramos committed several other violent crimes, but was shielded from deportation by the city’s liberal Sanctuary policy for immigrants. Newsom offered little more than a pro forma expression of sympathy to the men’s family, which sued the city.
Odd that Fleischman would sluice this out there now, unless his thinking is that Newsom poses a greater threat to a GOP candidate than does Jerry Brown. This is the kind of move you’d make now only if you want to knock the guy out of his primary (see South vs. Riodran, 1998 2002).