Just half an hour after the polls closed in California on Tuesday night, Gov. Jerry Brown was so sure of his status as the clear leader in the Golden State’s gubernatorial sweepstakes that he made a victory speech at the governor’s mansion. Those vying for Rep. Henry Waxman’s seat, however, weren’t granted that kind of confidence.
Tuesday’s primaries brought a couple of surprising results, such as the voting victories of problematic e-mail forwarding enthusiast Carl Paladino in New York and anti-masturbation crusader Christine O’Donnell in Delaware. What are we to make of these people?