November 3, 2010
Califorlornia, the Bluest State
At the moment, with nearly all precincts counted in California, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA, 100%) is ahead of challenger Carly Fiorina by a solid 9%, and Jerry Brown leads Meg Whitman by a whopping 13%.
In other words, those polls that presupposed a turnout model that perfectly mirrored the 2008 elections -- were absolutely right.
In even more sweeping words, while the rest of the country veered sharply to the right, California lurched as far left as it did in Barack H. Obama's election, two years ago. Maybe further. Further left than the rest of the country broke right.
In response to pending fiscal doom of the $1.85 trillion California economy, all voters can feel is a frenzy to double down and triple down on the same anti-economic Democratic officials, who have ruled us ruthlessly, utterly, and despotically since All In the Family premiered.
My home state, where I've lived all but two years of my life, is now officially the most liberal-fascist/progressive/socialist state in the United States, bar none... more than Massachusetts, more than Hawaii, as much as the District of Columbia itself.
Oddly, it's not that Californios support progressive policies; the ballot initiatives demonstrate that the electorate is not enamored of socialist schemes. But for some reason, Californios have been so brainwashed by the Left that they can no longer even contemplate electing anybody but a Democrat to any top position in the state.
It makes no difference how badly the Democrat has thwarted the will of those same voters: Two years ago, a clear majority voted for Proposition 8, defining marriage as being between one man and one woman -- as it always had been before the California Supreme Court decided it knew better.
Then-Attorney General Jerry Brown first tried to sabotage the proposition; he changed the title from "Limits on Marriage" -- to "Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry, " a tendentious, argumentative statement of liberal opinion.
The law passed anyway by a vote of the people; but when disgruntled liberals sued to overturn it, Brown not only conspired with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to refuse to defend the law in court (hoping it would then be struck down for lack of a defender), he argued that nobody else in the state had standing to defend the law. In other words, voters did not even deserve representation in court when our law was challenged.
Yesterday, voters responded to being spat upon by electing that same man Governor.
It makes no difference how many laws a Democrat has actually broken: Before the California Supreme Court overturned Proposition 22 -- the predecessor to Prop 8 -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, a heterosexual gay activist, illegally ordered the city clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in complete defiance of what was then the law of the state. He made a Delphic pronouncement, declaring that he obeyed only the higher laws of his own warped conscience. He continued until the courts finally reined him in.
Yesterday, voters responded to lawlessness by electing that same man Lieutenant Governor.
Likewise, Californios elected a Democratic Secretary of State, Treasurer, Controller, Insurance Commissioner, Attorney General, and of course U.S. Senator. In the last election, voters at least elected a Republican governor and Republican insurance commissioner; but this year, every single constitutional office went to a Democrat -- each by 10 to 20 points, except for the razor-close Attorney General race. (All constitutional offices except for the traditional two of four members of the State Board of Equalization, that is; they collect the taxes and fees for the state.)
The numbers for the state Senate and Assembly are not in yet, but I'm sure the Democrats not only held their own but picked up Republican seats. Except for one brief interregnum (1995-1996), the Assembly and Senate have been controlled by Democrats for forty years. Before this election, the Senate was 35% GOP and 60% Democrats; and the Assembly was 34% GOP and 64% Democrats (including one Independent who caucuses with the Dems). I'm guessing it's now somewhat more Democratic.
California is now officially the bluest of blue states. Our motto is changed from "Eureka!" to "Four legs good, two legs bad!"
Oh yes, I almost forgot: Democrats will completely control the 2011 redistricting -- so it can only get worse. (I'm assuming the Democrats will find some way to weasel around the 14-person redistricting commission.)
For California voters, it's still 2008; Obama is still revered as a godling, and all the progressive "solutions" of the past two years have succeeded splendidly:
- That pesky $25 billion deficit? Never heard of it!
- 12.5% unemployment rate? Great, more slack time!
- The catastrophic anti-business climate? Greedy capitalists had it coming!
- The collapsing water services, energy grid, and road and highway system? Who needs 'em anyway!
It's a bizarre and even frightening phenomenon: Democrats in California have mesmerized the voters, preventing them even from considering electing a real Republican. We used to be able at least to elect the odd RINO like Arnold; but I doubt we're even capable of doing that any longer.
California has become France, where a decision to raise the retirement age by two years, to stave off looming fiscal disaster, is met with massive general strikes, arson, looting, and terrorist attacks. But while France is desperately trying to rediscover Capitalism, California won't even admit that Capitalism exists, let alone has any connection whatsoever to the state economy or even state tax revenues. (California liberals believe that if you double the tax rate, you will double tax receipts -- and if you triple the rate, you'll triple the receipts!)
They're so used to the phony-baloney accounting gimmicks of Silicon-Valley startups and Silicone-pumping Hollywood studios, they've cast off the quaint notion that financial reports are actually supposed to mean something. And they've forgotten that you cannot borrow your way out of debt, if they ever knew it or believed it in the first place.
What a tragic ending to the tragic kingdom in which I was born, the state of Walt Disney, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, and even Richard Nixon, the state that gave us the movie industry, the computer revolution, and biotechnology.
Now doing business as America's home for the loony Left. To be Californio today is just so degrading.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, November 3, 2010, at the time of 4:01 PM
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The following hissed in response by: MarkJM
Yikes. I was either disappointed by CA electorate, or impressed with the magnitude of fraud, I'm not sure which yet. My suggestion is to pack-up and relocate NOW, before a 70% 'exit' tax is imposed! May I suggest Florida, a clean sweep Tuesday! (although a few 'establishment' type got elected (no valid challenge), several 'true' conservatives got some key offices. The Lt. Gov Jennifer Carroll is awesome (met her twice). No State income tax, miles of beach, comfortable weather (there is always a breeze on the coasts). Houses are pretty cheap... Hurry before your dollar is worth a % of 600B less!
The following hissed in response by: mdgiles
Why does California assume the rest of the country will bail them out? People sometimes jokingly speak of "Civil War" between the Red and Blue states. If it ever does come, it will be when the blue states attempt to loot the red states to pay for their stupidity.
The following hissed in response by: Eris Guy
I grew up in California. One corruption follows another: sexual, political, media, et. al. Evil feeds on evil.
The following hissed in response by: Texas Jack
Dafydd, I don't know what you do besides write, but I bet you could do it here in Texas. I really don't think you could find a redder state. We are growing faster than any other state, and have lower unemployment, and no income tax. Houses are a lot lower priced here too. I know it hurts to give up on your home state, but sooner or later you're gonna have to cut and run, or die fighting.
From what I read here, you seem to be the kind of people we would welcome. Think about it, son. California is bound for hell in a handbasket, and I'd hate to see you and your lady go down with the trash.
The following hissed in response by: tobias2006
Yes, I've tried to borrow my way out of debt, oops it doesn't work and I'm still paying the consequences of my wayward thinking.
Jeff Shaara wrote in the epilogue of "The Last Full Measure", that America was better off as a union than separate counties. He included California as an example that America was better off with it in the union rather than its own country.
Now I'm not too sure.
The following hissed in response by: David Johnson
I suspect that Spock has a beard in your California...
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