The ostensible purpose of Bill Clinton’s Thursday appearance on The Daily Show was to promote the Clinton Global Initiative, but when Jon Stewart kicked off the interview by asking how it felt to “crush it” at the Democratic National Convention, the former president certainly didn’t mind. “I worked so hard on that, for weeks and weeks and weeks,” said Clinton. “I was just determined to get the facts right and to simplify the argument without being simplistic. I didn’t want to talk down to people, I wanted to explain what I thought was going on.” Stewart was particularly impressed by Clinton’s passion for facts, which seems to have eluded certain convention speakers.
When the vote-counting is finished, the GOP may not even have enough lawmakers in California’s 53-member House delegation to field a nine-person softball team.
“It’s dead,” Mike Madrid, a former political director of the California Republican Party, said of the state GOP. “It exists in small regional pockets, where there are enough white, non-college-educated working-class communities for there to be a Republican Party. But that’s not much.”
Other states tilt lopsidedly in favor of one party or the other. But never before has a state with California’s huge populous and enormous import — socially, culturally, economically — been so dominated by a single political party. The implications will take years to fully comprehend.