Just to be clear, or full disclosure as reporters often say for no good reason, I used to be a Republican until about the age of 18 or 19 when I became a revolutionary, then a Peace and Freedom Party member, then a Green.
I finally landed on Democrat and I seem to hover there but my allegiance is to issues, not party.
So at the recent party election at the California Democratic Convention, I voted for Kimberly Ellis for party chair. When I got the word via tweet that she had won. I was very pleasantly surprised. It turned out to not be true so then I was disappointed.
I was surprised because she was clearly a come-from-behind candidate with no party experience and, I would guess, a lot less funding. Also SoCal where Eric Bauman hails from, has the population advantage.
Far be it from me to eschew comspiracy theories or take a position that the glass is half full rather than empty, BUT THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYING.
It’s a good sign that Kimberly came so close and a bad sign that party leaders, both Bauman and Ellis factions, are willing to tear each other apart over this new and unexpected development.
It’s not unusual for a party that has so spectacularly blown a national election and finally realized how many state houses have also been lost-to freak out. With the end of the powerful Burton regime, the tendency is toward schism, and we seemed to have fallen down that hole. Stop it-climb out and get to work Democrats! We’re all responsible for the state of the party.
There are reasons to be hopeful–we have energetic leadership in the legislature which is willing and able to take on the old guard. Leaders like Kevin de Leon, Holly Mitchell, Nancy Skinner and Ricardo Lara, not to mention our own Rob Bonta and Tony Thurmond represent the future.
Of course it’s still our job to push them as they challenge the Trump regime on immigration, education, single payer healthcare, crimimal justice reform, housing rights (y’all still need to overturn Copley and make police abuse accountable) but I’m proud of you all!
We have to urge them on with positive intentions but to be mired in the mess our party bureaucrats have CHOSEN to make of this recent election, well, it’s not my jam as we cool folk say.
So that’s it. I’m done, talk to me about issues, otherwise, shrugs, whatevah…