Republicans will gather in Los Angeles this weekend for their summer convention. Though some of the more conservative in his party bristle at Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s policies on the environment – or the state’s debt –load, he’s still the state’s top Republican – and he’s ahead of Democratic opponent Phil Angelides in the most recent polls. That’s why Jack Pitney, Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College says there may be talk of discontent at the convention – but it’s not likely to turn into an outright fight. More key, says Pitney may be the tough political climate for Republicans across the country.
“If it were just a statewide election, I think Schwarzenegger would have a very comfortable advantage, but given the national climate, he could end up having a very tight race in the fall.”
Pitney says 2006 looks to be a good year for Democrats nationwide – which could give Angelides a boost.