That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
I’m a little early today — on assignment for much of Friday.
The California electoral reform initiative is dead again — at least for now. The GOP-backed ballot measure would have changed the way that the state counted its electoral votes, and could have helped tip the 2008 race toward a Republican presidential candidate. But backers never were able to raise enough money to gather signatures and get it on the June ballot, even though they do have some hope that it will make it to the November general election.
Chris Lehane, spokesman for the Democrats’ opposition effort, said, “We have said it before and we will say it again — this is the Freddie Kruger, Dracula and Rasputin of initiatives and that so long as some Republicans believe that they cannot win the popular vote fair and square this will never completely die until and unless we put in place a true reform such as a national popular vote.”
IFC News’ Election Coverage: IFC kicks off its election coverage with its premiere special on Sunday, “Introducing the Circus.” Among other things, IFC News (it’s not just a film channel) correspondents Will Rabbe and Sarah Scully travel to Iowa and New Hampshire, and look at the spectacle of campaigning in an early voting state. Example: Tom Tancredo’s haircut as a campaign event.