Revolution in California and political regime change come November has been a theme of mine for weeks. Tuesday night’s big victories for Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina moved that agenda nicely down the field.
And let me add to it. Following the Tuesday primaries, the mainstream media began calling this the year of the woman, pointing not only to Fiorina and Whitman in California, but to Sharron Angle in Nevada, Nikki Haley in South Carolina, and Democrat Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas.
But we need a qualifier here. This is really going to be the year of the women from the past versus the women for the future.
In Arkansas, for example, Blanche Lincoln stands a good chance of losing her Senate seat to Republican House member John Boozman. Sen. Lincoln is a reliable Obama vote — make that a reliable Obama/Harry Reid vote — for issues like the stimulus package, Obamacare, cap-and-trade, and bank reform (even with the ruckus she made over forcing banks to spin off their derivative operations).
In California, the Carly Fiorina/Barbara Boxer matchup — likely to be the marquee Senate race nationwide — is a battle between a woman of the liberal-left Washington past and a woman who is a fiscally conservative outsider of the future. Recovering from cancer, and running in a tough primary, Fiorina demonstrated a steely inner strength that reminded one of Margaret Thatcher as she trounced her rivals by a wide margin.
The subject of this year’s election will be the fiscal catastrophe coming out of Washington, D.C.: overspending, over-borrowing, over-deficit-making, overtaxing, over-regulating, and over-government-controlling. Obama’s Washington is about welfare-state redistribution, the European model that has failed so miserably across the pond.
In contrast, Carly Fiorina’s model is about entrepreneurship, growth, and opportunity, the basic American values of economic freedom that have been shunted aside in our nation’s capital.
Fiorina wants spending controls and limited government. She opposed the $860 billion stimulus as well as Obamacare. She is a smart, fiscally conservative woman who has campaigned on lower income-tax rates, a reduced capital-gains tax, and the elimination of the estate tax. And she can be expected to push for a lower business-tax rate for large and small companies.