February 1st, 2006


california politics

It's been a long time since I voted in California, but I still find this fascinating: Cindy Sheehan is considering a challenge to Dianne Feinstein in the 2006 Democratic senatorial primary.

Dianne Feinstein was first elected to a 2-year Senate term to fill a vacancy in 1992. This was the same year that Barbara Boxer was elected to a full Senate term. Feinstein proceeded to vote for and in some cases sponsor every civil-liberties-eroding piece of legislation in Congress. Her Republican opposition in 1994 was Michael Huffington, who promised to be even worse, so I voted for the Trotskyist, Elizabeth Cervantes Barron. Barron got a little over 2% of the vote, denying Feinstein a majority and nearly denying her the seat. I figured this was the best anyone could do to send a message about Feinstein's positions, but maybe a Sheehan candidacy will be more effective. Hell, she might even win.