Originally Posted by 67_250SE
I think that when it comes to actual voting, people tend to be be more moderate than they care to admit.
In California, the great left state, we elect a Republican Governor and a Left Wing legislature.
Exactly why most opinions of national politics that originate from California are discarded out-of-hand by the rest of the country.
Perhaps you've heard the term "lame duck" as it applies to a sitting official...typicaly it refers to one who holds office after losing an election, but before his term has expired. The same basic effect happens when, along party lines, the executive and the legislative are on different sides of the fence. In short, very little happens, because each side (foolishly) adheres to parochial interests instead of the interests of their constituency.
When you PURPOSELY elect a republican executive, and PURPOSELY elect Democratic legislators, you significantly hamper the ability of either to make meaningful progress.
Then again, it seems that virtually nobody in California can see past their zero-lot-lines. They allow themselves to be gouged by energy companies because they refuse to approve creation of nuclear energy facilities, etc. They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars they don't have from their home's skyrocketing equity, absent of the thought that such growth has been proven unsustainable time after time. They give away billions in social services to people who are not only illegal aliens, but who are incapable of speaking a word of English.
"Hey California - how's that workin' for ya?"