In this era in which hyperpartisans — on both far sides of the aisle — have become adept at screaming their mantras and building their straw men, frequently dominating what passes for “debate,” something very interesting is happening in California.
The partisans are beginning to evaporate.
In 1990, California had 12 million voters registered as members of the two major parties. Today, after an increase of about 2 million in the number of registered voters, we still have only 12 million voters registered to the two major parties. The Democratic and Republican parties have not grown at all in California …
… The themes that work with independent voters are themes of a creative center. Support for government coupled with skepticism about governmental efficiency and new taxes. Tolerance and support for individual rights and diversity coupled with support for law and order programs. Strong support for environmental protection coupled with strong support for technological innovation and entrepreneurship.
Right now all that is working for Schwarzenegger while the conventional Republicans of the partisan right and the conventional Democrats of the partisan left scramble for attention and support.