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Jewish World Review March 20, 2000 / 13 Adar II, 5760

Chris Matthews

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Bush's California dream vs. reality -- GEORGE W. BUSH is California dreaming. It's not the live-and-let-live social attitudes or the state's cultural and ethnic diversity he desires. It's the 54 electoral votes.

Unfortunately for the Texan, that loose-talking strategist who leaked the candidate's November electoral targets made a huge mistake by putting the Golden State at the top of the list.

Try this for a pop quiz, Governor Bush:

Q: What was Bill Clinton's California victory margin?

A: Thirteen percent in 1992 against President George Bush; 13 percent in 1996 against Bob Dole.

Q: What was Democrat Gray Davis' victory margin in the 1998 governor's race?

A: Twenty percent.

Q: Whom did Californians elect as their United States senators?

A: Two pro-choice Democratic women from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Q: Who was the last Republican to win a major statewide election in California?

A: Pete Wilson, running for re-election as governor in 1995.

Q: What was Wilson's position on abortion?

A: Pro-choice.

Q: What is California's fastest-growing voting group?

A: Latinos, who rose from 10 percent of the electorate in 1994 to 14 percent in 1998.

Q: How did this group vote in the 1998 governor's race?

A: Seventy-eight percent for the Democrat.

Q: What percent of the California electorate has identified itself as gay?

A: Ten percent.

Q: Who is the only major candidate of either party who has refused, until recently, to meet with a gay political organization?

A: George W. Bush.

To top Gore in California, Bush needs to surmount the three electoral realities manifested in this Q & A:

California is a pro-choice state, and Bush is a pro-life candidate from a pro-life national party; many Latino voters have not forgotten Proposition 187, which sought to punish immigrant children for the actions of their undocumented parents; gay voters are not likely to back a guy who refused last fall to be seen with them, then through a spokeswoman "clarified" his position by saying last week he would "consider"meeting with Log Cabin Republicans.

JWR contributor Chris Matthews is the author of Hardball. and hosts a CNBC show of the same name. Send your comments to him by clicking here.


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