Writing in The New Republic, veteran California observer Peter Schrag claims that the Golden State is the future way of national politics. Really, it’s just the opposite. California — ATM of American politics, world-class economy and all — is something of a no-man’s land as far as national political trends are concerned.
1. Lack of star power. For a nation-state that embodies the cult of celebrity and “beautiful people,” our political ruling class is surprisingly devoid of rising stars. There are none on the Republican side in the land of Reagan and Nixon, and as for the Democrats, their top four leaders — Gov.-elect Brown, Sens. Feinstein and Boxer, soon-to-be-former Speaker Pelosi — have one thing in common: age. They’re all septuagenarians — old enough to be Barack Obama’s parents. Not exactly a youthful image in this land of age-defying solutions.