Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

This month’s election not only bolstered Democrats’ total control of California’s politics but also tightened the grip of party leaders who will never see their 70th birthdays again.

It’s only mildly hyperbolic to say that California’s Democratic oligarchy is beginning to resemble the geriatric cabals that control China, Cuba and other one-party states. They’ve got the power and show no signs of giving it up.

Dianne Feinstein (79) was just re-elected to another six-year term in the U.S. Senate, and her colleague, Barbara Boxer (72) still has four years remaining in her current term.

Gov. Jerry Brown (74) won a symbolic referendum on his second governorship when voters passed his tax measure, Proposition 30, and is quite likely to seek another term in 2014, and would be 80 when that stint ends.

John Burton (80 next month) appears to have become state Democratic Party chairman for life after long careers in the Legislature and in Congress.

And while Nancy Pelosi (72) didn’t recapture control of Congress, as she had hoped, she nonetheless continues as House Democratic leader.

There’s nothing wrong per se with being a septuagenarian.

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