Not good news
Everyone was looking at the June 6 primary for clues as to what will transpire in the November midterms. So far, it doesn't look good.
First of all, Francine Busby got just about 1.5% more of the vote than John Kerry did in 2004. The fact that this was Duke Cunningham's home district, where the "culture of corruption" theme should have been the most salient, makes things all the worse. In fact, a former lobbyist was elected. Yes, the NRCC spent $5 million on the race, but I think the reason Bilbray won was that he was talking about immigration while Busby was talking about some vague, distant issue of corruption, which voters see as a bipartisam problem. Democrats can't run on a "mood" or a "trend," they have to talk about issues.
Secondly, the fact that Californians rejected Prop 82 by a wide margin doesn't bode well for Angelides' chances in November. Angelides is running on raising taxes on the wealthy to, among other things, fully fund education. Well, Prop 82 would have done the same thing. Doesn't look like Californians are buying it.