Reporter's Notebook: Bloody Marys flow for California delegates
KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze reports from the Republican National Convention in St. Paul:
California delegates to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul traveled to the Lafayette Club on the windy and rainy shores of Lake Minnetonka Tuesday for Bloody Marys and salmon and eggs. The Morongo Band of Mission Indians picked up the tab - even though its chair Robert Martin may end up voting for Barack Obama. Martin is a longtime Republican who says he tired of the party’s failure to reach out to minorities. He was a Clinton delegate to the Democratic Convention and now finds himself undecided. Martin says the tribe - which has lots of business in Sacramento - likes to remain friendly with both parties.
The Lafayette Club is one of the oldest country clubs in Minnesota - started in 1899. The golf course looked great but I neglected to bring my sticks.
Back to the brunch, which included an elephant made out of ice. Republican Pollster and author of “Words That Matter” Frank Luntz was the featured speaker. He openly spoke of the “BRADLEY EFFECT.” That refers to the 1982 California gubernatorial election when then Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley was leading in the polls against George Deukmejian. Bradley lost the race. Analysts believe voters lied when they said they’d vote for Bradley, when in fact they were unwilling to vote for a black man. Luntz predicted the same thing would happen with Barack Obama. He told California delegates not to get discouraged if John McCain is trailing in the polls, because the Bradley effect will make up for some of that.
GOP Stalwart and radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt also spoke to the delegation. He accused Obama of being part of the “deeply corrupt political machine” of Chicago - classic “red meat” for the party faithful.
I’ll balance this entry with this: The Daily Show has a billboard along the highway leading from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. it reads, “Welcome Rich White Oligarchs.”