California Politics, Stem Cells and Campaign Endorsements

A relatively obscure stem cell scientist last week one-upped — sort of — one of the more powerful lawmakers in the United States Senate.It was not a direct, head-to-head contest — just sort of a rough comparison involving Democratic politics in California.The two individuals involved are Hans Keirstead and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has served in the Senate for 26 years.Despite her long track record, last week she did not receive the endorsement of the California state Democratic Party for re-election, apparently because she was not right type of liberal for the activists who dominate the party. The party, indeed, did not endorse any Democrat in Feinstein's re-election contest.At its convention this past weekend, however, the party did endorse Keirstead in a Southern California congressional race.  He is running to replace Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who was once described oddly by a fellow Republican as "Putin's favorite…

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