This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
At this weekend???s state party convention at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, a group of influential California Republicans has an odd request for delegates: help turn California blue.
???Around the globe, blue is identified with conservative, free market parties, while red is identified with social democratic parties,??? points out Shawn Steel, a former chairman of the state party who now serves as its representative on the Republican National Committee. ???It is why conservative-leaning Democrats in Congress were called ???Blue Dogs.??? Everyone knew what it meant.???