Yesterday’s quip about there not being a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties may have to be modified. In California, there doesn’t seem to be 37 billion dollar’s worth of difference. From SFChron:
The two leading Democrats in the Legislature pledged to campaign with Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger through the fall to win public support for a $37 billion bond package on the November ballot — setting up a potentially awkward situation for whichever Democratic candidate emerges to challenge the incumbent Republican.
Democratic State Senate Pro Tem Don Perata of Oakland and Assembly Speaker Fabian NÃºÃ±ez of Los Angeles appeared at Schwarzenegger’s side Monday in Oakland and pledged continuing support for the bond issue to finance schools, roads, bridges, levee repairs and affordable housing.
The two Democratic leaders, joined by Senate Republican leader Dick Ackerman of Tustin (Orange County) and GOP Assembly leader George Plescia of San Diego, accompanied Schwarzenegger at several stops across the state to push the infrastructure deal, calling it historic and important to the future of California.
“Whatever it takes to get that done, we’ll do,” NÃºÃ±ez said, asked if Democrats would campaign with Schwarzenegger through the fall. “Absolutely, we’ll be campaigning together … whatever (is) the most effective message to the voters, that’s the message we’re driving home.”
If there was ever an opportunity for third parties, this is the time.