Lloyd Albano, a favorite reader and commenter here, forwards this George Neumayr article in The American Prowler:
California Republicans find themselves in the same position as Democrats outside of California: they either renew their fundamental principles or face further oblivion. The only good news for California Republicans is that a backlash will undoubtedly accompany four more years of one-party governance. Californians’ mood for dramatic change is going to intensify as the state’s debts and taxes rise.
Neumayr is right. Simon ran the kind of campaign in California that many Democrats ran in the rest of the nation. That’s not to say Davis ran a Republican 2k2-style effort; he didn’t. But people like to vote for something, and Simon gave them little to vote for. With Davis’ huge incumbent advantages, it was a losing effort from the start.