PRIMARIES: California's Vote for Reform

Primaries are the tarot cards of politics, but experts who try to read them in this roiled year are having problems of perception. The voters have been re-nominating incumbent Congressmen by the bushel while rejecting some other experienced officeholders out of hand. Last week's California primary was probably the most revealing so far. With gubernatorial races in both parties and an anticorruption referendum of unprecedented scope and complexity, Californians seemed to be saying that they are standoffish toward all candidates. At the same time, the voters are enthusiastic about fundamental political...

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