If you live in California you HAVE to pay attention to Democrat politics. They run the state and there is not a thing the Republicans can do about it. In certain blessed zones, in which I do not personally reside, Republicans can still be effective on a local level, but state-wide Democrats are the game. Having achieved this enviable position they are in the process of committing slow-motion suicide. The latest sign of their impending doom? The California Democrat Party has given its endorsement in a Dem on Dem general election, not to one of the most recognizable, long serving of Senators currently in the Senate, but to a state senator that no one outside of California political geeks has ever heard of. Why? Because, wait for it…Diane Feinstein, she of “the dogma lives loudly” fame, is too moderate.
This is being analyzed in all sorts of ways, most focus on internal party strife in the CA Dems. That is fair enough, but I am way past that – what concerns me is the utter lack of serious, reality based political talent in the state in either party. The Democrats got here in no small part because of some pretty enormous Republican missteps and serious Republicans have just moved on. When Jerry Brown – Governor Moonbeam, for crying-in-the-sink – represents the best the Dems have to offer, there is a dearth of talent. Brown is older than dirt (80) and the heir apparent, Gavin Newsom, will bankrupt the state before he leaves office. (Actually it is already bankrupt, but Newsom will successfully strip the veneer, massively spending.)
The handwriting is on the wall. California is going to break; it is just a question of when and how precisely. Climate, natural wonders and the economic engine that is Silicon Valley notwithstanding, it is going to break. Those things and some slight-of-hand, may serve as camouflage – which is effectively what is happening now – but eventually you cannot hide the biggest thing in the room. The question is, “Then What?”