Assemblyman Gil Ferguson (R-Newport Beach) saw the same dynamics in the loss of Pringle's 72nd Assembly District seat to Democrat Tom Umberg, becoming the first Republican to lose a county legislative seat in six years.
"It wasn't all Pringle's fault," Ferguson said. "When George Bush said there is no difference between (the parties) now that communism is quiet, and I'm going to support taxes, there was nothing left for Pringle to stand on."
In addition, there were signs that voter frustration--spawned by scandals and budget fiascoes in Washington and Sacramento--was alive and well in Orange County.
Pollster Gary Lawrence said Thursday at a Republican election analysis in Yorba Linda that the electorate was "cranky and even mean. America was not in a forgiving mood."