California Democrats will wield vast power in D.C.

California’s Democrats are now in power to a vast extent in D.C., as many of them are now in the Obama administration.  What does this mean for California – and what does this portend for the lame California Republican Party?  Here are a few excerpts from an article at which highlight the Golden State Democrats rise to power:

With roughly a half-dozen Cabinet and key administrative appointees and a powerhouse congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the other end of Pennsylvania Ave., California is shaping up to be the new Texas, the alpha state whose cultural and policymaking influence was inescapable through most of the last eight years.

President-elect Barack Obama’s Energy Secretary-designate is Steven Chu, the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Hilda Solis, a Los Angeles-area Democratic congresswoman, was named last week as Obama’s choice for Secretary of Labor. The Council of Economic Advisers will be chaired by University of California-Berkeley professor Christina Romer; Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley will head the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, and Phil Schiliro, a longtime top aide to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), will serve as Obama’s chief liaison to Congress.

While California’s share of key administration positions has been on par with other big Democratic-leaning states Illinois and New York, when its unrivaled congressional clout is factored in, the state looms as a dominant force in a Democratic-controlled Washington.

California will have substantial influence in the administration partly because of those selected for posts in government and partly because of the Speaker and our committee chairmen,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chair of California’s Democratic congressional delegation. “And there’s certainly people in Silicon Valley who haven’t been hired but are wired in like [CEOs] Eric Schmidt over at Google and John Thompson at Symantec.”

It sounds like the Red County blog is going to have a heck of a time in California over the next 8 years…

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