This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
At this weekendâ??sÂ 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.
â??Around the globe, blue is identified with conservative, free market parties, while red is identified with social democratic parties,â? points out Shawn Steel, a former chairman of the state party who now serves as its representative on the Republican National Committee. â??It is why conservative-leaning Democrats in Congress were called â??Blue Dogs.â?? Everyone knew what it meant.â?