November 4, 2010
They Left Their Heads in San Francisco...
Here is a disturbing point about the California elections that nobody has yet mentioned. California has ten high-ranking elected officials, counting the current Squeaker of the House, soon-to-be Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives (though she may retire from Congress rather than accept the demotion and the possible loss even of the Minority Leadership).
When those elected on Tuesday take office, seven of those ten will hail from the San Francisco Bay Area:
- Senior Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- Born, raised, and served in San Francisco.
- Junior Sen. Barbara Boxer -- Served for forty years in Marin County, North San Francisco Bay Area.
- Minority-Leader Elect Nancy Pelosi -- Represents San Francisco.
- Gov. Jerry Brown -- Born in San Francisco, currently Mayor of Oakland.
- Lt.Gov. Gavin Newsom -- Born in and currently Mayor of San Francisco.
- Secretary of State Debra Bowen -- Los Angeles.
- (Likely) Attorney General Kamala Harris -- Born in Oakland, serves as D.A. in San Francisco.
- Treasurer Bill Lockyer -- Born in Oakland, served in Alameda County, East San Francisco Bay Area.
- Controller John Chiang -- Los Angeles.
- Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones -- Sacramento.
The total population of the Bay Area is about 5.5 million (I don't count San Jose as Bay Area; it's in the Santa Clara Valley, a.k.a. "Silicon Valley," not SF). That's just about 15% of the total population of California (about 37 million)... but its representatives control 70% of the top constitutional offices (federal and state) in the state.
In fact, exactly half of them are based in the City of San Francisco itself, which has a population of 815,000 -- a scant 2.2% of the state's population, but fully 50% of the top officers of the state are San Francisco based.
As I'm sure everyone here knows, the S.F. Bay Area is also the most radical, leftist, progressive, liberal-fascist segment of California.
For those of us who are not from San Francisco and have never subscribed to the San Franciscan ethos, creed, and way of thinking, this stanglehold by a tiny faction over America's largest state is both inexplicable and nerve-wracking. My only explanation is that the most radical politicians have the most insatiable hunger for power; so they climb the ladder hardest and fastest, even if they must climb over the dead bodies of their predecessors to do it. (A very apt analogy in Feinstein's case; she was elected Mayor of San Francisco by heavily exploiting the assassination of the previous mayor, George Moscone.)
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, November 4, 2010, at the time of 5:01 PM
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The following hissed in response by: ~brb
So, can we, like, start pumping oil into the San Andreas fault, or something? Kinda lube it up and get it moving, y'know?
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