Fading into irrelevance
The party of Nixon and Reagan holds not one statewide office in America’s most populous state
California gave America two of its five most recent Republican presidents. But the state party has fallen on hard times since the days of Nixon and Reagan. After having fallen for decades, the number of registered Republican voters in California now stands at just 30% (see chart). With the number of voters expressing no party preference rising fast, the party is in danger of slipping into third place in the state. No Republican holds statewide office in California, and the Democrats enjoy wide majorities in both chambers.
The picture is no prettier when it comes to elections for national offices. Republicans have not won a Senate election in California since 1988. The party now accounts for just 19 of the state’s 53 congressmen. The last Republican presidential candidate to take California was George Bush senior. As the most populous state, California holds over one in ten electoral-college votes. But neither Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, nor Barack Obama will bother to campaign here—although both regularly drop by to raise funds.
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He became a giant of television for creating The West Wing, then the toast of Hollywood for The Social Network…now Aaron Sorkin, is set to launch one of the most eagerly anticipated media events of the season.
The Newsroom, which begins on the cable channel HBO on 24 June.
A trailer has been released online, and set television critics raving. It featured the show’s star, a news anchor called Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, having an apparent meltdown on a chatshow.
But just in case anyone is thinking that liberal darling Sorkin is going only for the Democratic half of America, the clip contains a shocking revelation. “I’m a registered Republican. I only seem liberal because I believe hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure, not gay marriage,” McAvoy growls. Not that this has appeased many on the Republican right, where there has been rapid condemnation of McAvoy as an unlikely and unpatriotic televised version of an American conservative.
The Newsroom, like The Social Network, will reveal a secret story behind the world of modern media. But this time Sorkin is setting the drama in the old-tech world of a television news studio.
“It looks set to examine the process of how something is made. That’s what Sorkin is good at,” said Caryn James.