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California's Democrats created a new GOP star when they booted Janet Nguyen from the Senate floor

California's Democrats created a new GOP star when they booted Janet Nguyen from the Senate floor

State Senate leader Kevin de León did a very smart thing. He owned up to one of the dumbest things ever perpetrated by a California legislative leader.

The foolish, embarrassing deed the Los Angeles Democrat owned up to showed us again that neither major political party is endowed with a monopoly on wisdom, justice and the American way.

De León quickly admitted that he and fellow Democrats were essentially numbskulls for forcefully removing — “dragging,” read some news accounts — a Republican Vietnamese war refugee from the Senate chamber where she rightfully belonged as an elected lawmaker.

Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), the nation’s first...

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