Land of Fruits And Teabaggers --- As California Goes So Goes The Nation?

As California Goes, So Goes The Nation

by digby

It looks like the California GOP thinks as Arizona goes, so goes the nation:

For the last decade, many California Republicans have tiptoed around the issue of illegal immigration and sought to distance themselves from Proposition 187. GOP standard bearers from Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have sought to downplay the issue and set themselves apart from the views embraced by former Gov. Pete Wilson during his 1994 reelection campaign, which had a central tough-on-immigration message.

But now, apparently, it's time to party like it's 1994. Spurred on by Steve Poizner's consistent campaigning on the issue, with big assists from a distressed economy and the national immigration discussion ignited by a new law in Arizona, Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has decided she can ignore the issue no longer.

Whitman launched a new radio ad focusing on immigration this weekend. And who did the Whitman campaign turn to shore up Whitman's tough-on-immigration bona fides?

You guessed it -- Pete Wilson.

In a new 60-second radio spot, Whitman turns to Wilson, who says: "I know how important it is to stop illegal immigration, and I know Meg Whitman. Meg will be tough as nails on illegal immigration."

It's hard to believe that Jerry Brown is going to be governor again, but it looks like that's what's going to happen. If it doesn't win, we will know that the right is definitely on the march. If they can't even fight them back here, then fasten your seatbelts.

Whitman, by the way, has proven already that money goes through her hands like a sieve --- and she's cratering.

Not long ago Meg Whitman had such a huge lead – 50 points – over Steve Poizner for the GOP nomination for governor, many folks thought the race was over and started sizing up her chances against the Democrats’ Jerry Brown.

When she came in to talk to our Editorial Board last week, Whitman brushed off news that some polls showed Poizner had closed the gap to about 10 points. Still 10 points isn’t anything to scoff at, especially with only a little more than a month before the polls open.

Well, this week ABC’s SurveyUSA poll shows that Poizner is now 2 points behind her – 39 percent to 37 percent.

As Utah goes, so goes the nation?