Kevin Nicholson Enters Wisconsin Governor’s Race, With Touch Of Bi-Partisanship

Last week this liberal blogger who lives on the Madison isthmus urged very conservative Kevin Nicholson to splash into the Republican race for governor. I did so after a top state Republican told the business owner to ‘stay in his lane’ and forgo entering the campaign.

The words made publically by Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos were not the most well-crafted by one who aims to show his skills in the political arena.

“If Kevin Nicholson is listening — you need to not run for governor,” Vos said during an interview at a Wednesday event hosted by Wispolitics.com in downtown Madison. 

I found those words so demeaning towards Nicholson that I had actual empathy for a politician that I could never vote for or support in any meaningful way other than urging him to run.

I suspect everyone clearly understands how it would feel to be told by another person within your profession or industry to just stay low and do not get any big ideas. Stay at the kid’s table and just be content with where you are now.

Regardless of which political party one calls home, there was a degree of understanding across Wisconsin about how Nicholson felt being instructed by the Speaker to stem any notion of seeking the Republican nomination for governor this August.

Nicholson has created a conservative set of beliefs for his political appeal and proved in his bid for the Senate nomination not to shy away from being an aggressive contender. Though he did not prevail there was no doubt he knows how to force issues and swing political rhetoric. His punches over the years at political insiders and leaders have landed on receptive ears within the Republican Party. These days that accepting audience is larger than ever.

On Thursday, Nicholson threw his hat into the ring as a “conservative outsider,” and will use it as a line of attack on his opponents who wished to restrain his voice in the campaign and limit the choices on the ballot for voters come August. Without a doubt, this campaign will create not only an expensive contest worthy of headlines but also a real race for the heart and soul of Wisconsin Republicans.

There is no way to discern if Vos honestly believes that former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is the best candidate for the November election or would prove to be an effective governor if elected. It seems more probable that conversations within the power circles over the recent months centered on how not to fracture the base and unwind the spool of thread they consider all that is required to defeat Tony Evers this fall.

But Nicholson felt that conversation about policy and the election ran far short of what is needed to win and govern. And he is rightly smarting over the words and tone from Vos.

While we all can differ about politics I suspect across the state today there is a ‘good for you’ feeling among residents about Nicholson entering the race.

Is this what bipartisanship feels like?

And so it goes.

Michael Gableman On Expensive Woozle Hunt, Taxpayers Pay For Conspiracy Trek

It did not make for national headlines but at the end of last year, another needless review of the November 2020 election results proved there was no nefarious activity taking place and no upset winner to be announced.

The Texas secretary of state’s office on December 31st released a batch of results from its review of the last presidential balloting finding no election chicanery to report. That in spite of repeated, unsubstantiated claims by GOP leaders casting doubts on the integrity of the electoral system. Under a time-wasting and costly review, the bottom line was only a few discrepancies were found between electronic and hand counts of ballots in a sample of voting precincts.

This same scenario has been playing out in states across the nation with the same results. Republicans bloviate about a ‘stolen election’ but the facts remain the same. There were no election hijinks, no invasion of immigrants voting, no grand strategy to toss votes or manipulate machines.

This brings us to the waste of taxpayer money and statewide embarrassment concerning Michael Gableman striking out to find the nonexistent Woozle of election fraud in Wisconsin. Such treks by others in search of what does not exist should be reason enough not to further waste public funds in our state.

But no……

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hired Gableman in 2021 to scrutinize our state balloting after the Republican Party’s hero-worship of Donald Trump got out of hand. After all, Trump openly stated the GOP in the Badger State was not doing enough to further his empty allegations that Joe Biden did not win the election. So Vos, not wanting to be on the wrong side of a conspiracy theory, threw at least $686,000 to Gableman to hunt for what has not been found since 1926.

A Woozle.

Facts are not important to Wisconsin Republicans when furthering a conspiracy.

An Associated Press review of presidential results in six key battleground states, including Wisconsin, found fewer than 475 cases of potential fraud, a number that would have made no difference in the election’s outcome.

Election officials have referred 31 cases of potential fraud to Wisconsin prosecutors in 12 of the state’s 72 counties, representing about 0.15% of Biden’s margin of victory in the state, the AP review found. State auditors also found no evidence of widespread fraud in the election.

When it comes to Gableman I wrote most pointedly what I thought of him in September 2011. Given his now proven disdain of the election process and his willingness to further a lie that then strikes at the heart of our democracy, which then erodes the faith the citizenry must have in our political institutions the following rings even more true today.

I have commented on CP that Justice Michael Gableman must surely write his opinions in crayon.  Gableman is by far the least intelligent and probing mind on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 

Simply put, I find Micheal Gableman a dolt.

Gableman’s tactics were slimy while seeking election to the court, and his theatrics have not changed since serving.

Michael Gableman should just get back to his coloring book.

It also is telling that Gableman is not seeking any data or recounts regarding Wisconsin Republicans who have objected to President Biden winning the election or called into question their election victory though the same ballot and election systems were employed.

Hmmm…..

The state residents know Michael Gableman is on a full-out Woozle hunt. On their dime. If only a modern-day Christopher Robin could explain logic and reason to the one too willing to undermine democracy.

And so it goes.

Voting Rights MUST Be Senate’s Focus, January 6th Was Dry Run For Insurrectionists

Let us be honest. Our democracy is under attack.

As we near the January 6th anniversary of the violent rioting and deadly outcome on our nation’s Capitol, where over 140 law enforcement officers were injured, we must grasp that event was not a solitary one that is now over and done. Instead, the 6th was akin to the first shots fired at Fort Sumter in 1861. The roadmap for further violence and an even more dire stab at the heart of democracy is outlined by Republicans who have simply made up their minds to steal the 2024 presidential election.

They have created and fostered through FOX News the tortured twisting of facts and data from the November 2020 election, repeating the lies often enough to sway their viewers across the land. Republican state legislators have rammed through in a number of states harsh and unnecessary voting restrictions so to make it harder to cast ballots and fog the outcomes if the final tally does not meet their wishes.

Conservatives have even used as a talking point that state legislatures have the final say in which slate of presidential electors gets to vote in the Electoral College. Republicans have argued, out loud and in the light of day, for a crazy upside-down theory where, for instance, a state legislature could undo the will of the state voter. For example, if more people in a state voted for a Democratic nominee a legislature would still have the power to pick a slate for the Republican nominee to be counted at the Electoral College.

When the Republicans tell the nation their intentions, through words and legislative actions, the citizens need to pay heed. This is not just some fabricated scare tactic Democrats are promoting. Republicans are telling us exactly what they intend to do.

Today Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a strongly worded, and much-needed letter to his colleagues. Simply put the Senate must pull their pants up and do the work that our democracy demands. The new push for legislation dealing with what Republicans did on January 6th and their plans for the future must be dealt with by senators.

As we all are witnessing, the attacks on our democracy have not ceased. In fact, they have only accelerated. Much like the violent insurrectionists who stormed the US Capitol nearly one year ago, Republican officials in states across the country have seized on the former president’s Big Lie about widespread voter fraud to enact anti-democratic legislation and seize control of typically non-partisan election administration functions.

While these actions all proceed under the guise of so-called ‘election integrity’, the true aim couldn’t be more clear. They want to unwind the progress of our Union, restrict access to the ballot, silence the voices of millions of voters, and undermine free and fair elections. They wish to propagate the Big Lie perpetuated by the former president that our elections are not on the level.”

Republicans will, doubtless, respond that they’re just listening to the concerns of their voters. Oh, please! Stop the crap! The only purpose for the newly enacted laws in various states and the proposed bills is to ensure more and more restrictions so as to impinge the ability of voting by Black people, people of color, young people, and lower-income Americans. 

Long-time readers of this blog know I am very much rooted in history and civics. What happened on the 6th, and what has been threatened for the future based on legislative action to curtail voting, must not be seen as a partisan fight. The issue at hand, the survival of our democracy, should not be a partisan contest. What I am writing about here, and what the citizens need to be engaged in, is the struggle for the nation’s ideals. It’s very survival as a functioning democracy.

This is an American fight. It’s a battle between conservative and autocratic forces that want to go backwards to an era of Jim Crow laws and the majority in the nation who value a more inclusive democracy with cultural diversity mirrored by election results. Make no mistake that is the fear of an older and too-white America. Therefore, we must demand the furtherance of a more inclusive democracy. It starts with a push by voters to insist the Senate address the filibuster issue and then pass the voting-rights legislation.

Our democracy requires nothing less.

And so it goes.

And Away We Go…Caffeinated Politics From Madison Isthmus In 2022

Happy New Year!

The Holidays were a time for relaxation and great food, and though the pandemic demanded vigilance our home was filled with music, books, some Oscar-worthy films such as The Power Of The Dog, and continuous laughter. All those things, including (sadly) the virus, will continue to be with us as we enter the New Year.

Over the past 20 days, the absence of the clacking of the keyboard meant this blog was on a Holiday break. With the start of the New Year that all changes as we head into a hectic pace of mid-term elections, the continuing need to contemplate how we repair our internal political problems so as to be stronger on the global stage, and what to do about a serious shortage of workers that is far more a problem than that which was created by the pandemic.

Among the international stories requiring attention is the serious need to remove Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro from office and watching how much appeal the extreme far-right candidate fares in the French presidential election.

Wisconsin politics will be front and center with a heated governor’s race and the continued threat from illiberal movements within the Republican Party fomenting a disregard for institutional norms and faith in our electoral system. Add in the dysfunctional qualities of Ron Johnson and there is no need to question what will make for headlines this year in the Badger State.

In other words, as we start another year of blogging there is no shortage of topics to engage with and opine about on Caffeinated Politics.

Thanks, as always, to my readers for stopping by this little place on the internet highway. I also can be found on my Caffeinated Politics Facebook Page, my Doty Land podcast, and my self-narrated one-minute history videos on YouTube. There is never a shortage of projects to work on. But that makes life fun.

With that being said…….

(The above album was one I used when broadcasting a Big Band show on WDOR radio and wishing to add some flavor with the comedy of that era. Looks like large doses of humor will be required in the coming year!)

For Youth’s Sake Madison School Board Candidate Mary Jo Walters Needs To Withdraw From Race

Since 2015 I have often stated that nothing shocks me anymore. Nothing could leave me looking slack-jawed. Well, I was wrong. Very wrong.

After a cold and blustery Monday James and I sat down for dinner while watching the 6 PM news on the DVR. It was reported Madison School Board candidate Mary Jo Walters stated over the weekend that “I’m trans-a-phobic” when describing her platform for the spring election.

Walters, a former candidate for lieutenant governor in Wisconsin, is a full-time caregiver who has three students in the district, as well as some teaching experience from the early 1990s. She wants to reverse the district’s decision to implement gender-neutral bathrooms, open a discussion about school safety, and–most prominently–has been clear in her anti-transgender position. She cited anti-transgender comments from Dave Chappelle and J.K. Rowling, in a prepared statement she read before an interview.

I had to wipe my hands on a napkin before reaching for the remote to play back and again hear what I surely had registered wrong due to the frost built up in my head from the day’s biting cold.

Sadly, what was reported was all too accurate.

No student in the Madison School District who is questioning transgender issues should be needlessly used as a campaign pawn by someone who has an ax to grind. Adding insult to injury, by a candidate who ran for U.S. Senate (because Tammy Baldwin ‘needed’ a Democratic primary opponent) and has no chance come next spring for anything other inflicting harm on our youth.

Our transgender youth already has enough to handle with hormones and a wide array of expectations placed by their peers. They do not need additional discourse from the callous element in our city, so to be used as a verbal punching bag in an election.

It is that point that left me stunned at the dinner table. In all places, a candidate in Madison is going to challenge transgender youth as they pursue their path in life?

I know a bit about the harm that comes with negative connotations–in my case when it came to sexual identity. As a rural kid in school I was severely bullied for the perception of being gay. I had not yet come out but by the time my high school years were ending the national discourse on AIDS had taken on a very harsh and mean-spirited direction. The weight of words and scorn that were tossed about concerning ‘gays and AIDS’ landed on my shoulders. Like it did for other gay kids.

So I can find much empathy for the transgender youth who are coming to terms with their own truths and finding ways to navigate among family and friends. I also know the truth of what can happen when youth are not able to find the path they need, the support networks required to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

My best friend, also gay and bullied, committed suicide at age 18. As an adult, I have never stemmed my words when it lands on the issue at hand. We must do everything we can to support our youth, never allowing them to think they are too far over the margins. We must never allow them to be nothing more than a catchphrase for a candidate who can only inflict hurt for the most minimum of votes.

And we must be pro-active.

Therefore, I ask that Mary Jo Walters, for the sake of unity in our community which is required as we stand alongside our transgender youth, to pull back her decision to run for Madison School Board. Nothing is more important as we consider our students than their safety, both physically and emotionally. Her words are damaging and must cease.

There is no room in this city for rhetoric that is aimed at marginalizing and calling out a segment of youth who simply are wanting to live their life. They ask for nothing more than some basic understanding from the rest of us.

Mary Jo Walters can do a tremendous good for the entire community by stepping back from her proposed candidacy.

And so it goes.

Gov. Gavin Newsom Wins, GOP Whining Showcases What They Are

If one wishes to understand what is wrong with American politics, or what has happened to the Republican Party only needs to look far west in the nation.

When California Governor Gavin Newsom demanded that the public adhere to some basic rules of the road so as to combat a deadly virus that was impacting health professionals and decimating the economy some Republicans thought they had an opening so to play partisan politics. When Newsom acted in his personal life without regard for his own mandates conservatives were quick to make a point of the mistake. Knowing that there would be enough chuckleheads they could persuade to make a pandemic into a partisan attack conservatives went for the big play.

Or what they thought could be a big play.

Instead, the recall election Republicans orchestrated once again demonstrated, not only to voters in the Golden State but nationwide, that they are void of morals, scruples, decency, and most assuredly common sense. During a pandemic–now in its fourth wave with a deadly variant placing young children into intensive care units–conservatives who wanted to win a recall race ranted about promising to swiftly roll back sweeping government orders.

There is no doubt that Newsom should have been more mindful of his personal actions, not only for the political image they created, but more importantly as health safety must be issue number one. During a pandemic, leaders must lead. All the time.

Having said that, however, a lapse of judgment does not in any way warrant a recall election!

But thinking that Newsom would be weakest at a time when many in California are weary of masks and mandates, and wanting to somehow show strength after the national spanking the GOP took for pushing Trump, Republicans cranked up a recall election.

The cast of characters who showed up, wanting to be the next governor, was a sorry joke.

Republican businessman John Cox, who ran and lost against Newsom in 2018, proved he just likes to be annihilated in public. Well, I guess some are into that type of thing. I am not here to judge. But considering Newsom defeated him with a 61.9% share of the vote, which was greater than any Democratic candidate for governor in state history might have been a hint of what was going to happen again for Cox.

Or any other candidate not tethered to electoral sanity.

But when it comes to crazy wrapped in GOP bunting nothing in California came close to Larry Elder. What the hell is wrong with him? His campaign left the tracks early and then picked up speed with an endless supply of idiotic comments so it could crash more dramatically into reality Tuesday night.

“At the state level, I’m not going to require any kind of public worker to wear masks, any kind of public worker to have a vaccine. I think that’s an assault on freedom”.

Without a doubt, Elder was the absolute epitome of stupidly playing a dangerous game with the lives of California voters during a pandemic.

All this underscores that the Republican Party no longer is driven by think tanks, large policy ideas, or a desire to connect with the needs of the majority of the electorate. Instead, they race about making every effort to be as shallow and deplorable as the base of the party from which they need money and votes.

The math was on the side of Newsom for a couple of weeks as data from the roughly 8 million mail ballots returned in the election, and as reported by newspapers in California, showed Democrats had voted in greater numbers than their share of the electorate. That was very important news heading into Election Day.

But there is another reason that we need to rejoice all over the nation about this win for Governor Newsom. The fact is that the California Republican Party cannot hope to win the governorship in a regular election. They need to game the system, play underhanded cards, and act without regard for the sensibilities that our institutions require for sound governance to occur. Worse, we have now seen in rather horrible detail how low they will go to even undermining public health so to try and win an election.

We have seen the Republican Party for what they are. It was ugly.

It was soundly rejected, however, by the majority of voters.

That was the only fitting ending for such lunacy.

And so it goes.

Conservatives Want To Wage Abortion War, Majority Of Americans Will Have Ballot Response

I enjoy a great legal thriller.  If a book jacket were to frame the plot as starting with a dead-of-the-night ruling by the Supreme Court over an issue that did not have any oral arguments, resulting in a decision that was unsigned by the Justices, and which upended decades of settled law, I would be most intrigued.  I would surely add the book to my cart.

That is, after all, how a great legal drama should leave a reader feeling.  Wanting more.

But when that plot instead is the lead paragraphs in the morning newspaper it makes for a very different feeling for the reader.  There is only dread and concern, with a desire to hurl the newspaper back to the front stoop.

By now we all are again aware that the Supreme Court is morphing towards a most dangerous conservative bent, and precedence is recklessly being tossed aside like last year’s calendar.

Last Thursday night the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joining the three liberal justices in dissent regarding the ruling which upheld the now infamous Texas abortion law.  (Roberts made a move that underscores the fact he cares about the Court, and his legacy. A topic often noted on this blog.)

We have all become very aware that Senate Bill 8, signed by Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in May is now law.  It bars abortions once a doctor can detect fetal cardiac activity, which is often before many women even know they are pregnant.  This is the most draconian and bizarre abortion law in the nation.  Not only because it is estimated to prevent an estimated 85% of abortions there, but also because of how the law is framed to work.

What has been created in Texas is more akin to the way those in places like the former USSR used snitches and tattlers to bring down their neighbors and enemies.

Most laws in the land are enforced by government officials. But the outrageous Texas law says that private citizens can step in by suing abortion providers and anyone who “aids and abets” a patient obtaining an abortion after six weeks.

Overnight a chill traveled up the collective spine of the nation.

Think about this.

Family members of a woman getting an abortion, or the taxi cab driver who transported the woman, or any counselor who spoke to the woman about the abortion could all face legal effects from violating the law. If the Gladys Kravitz types in Texas, who will now sneak around communities and poke, pry, and try to gather information on women, should prevail this law says they are entitled to damages of at least $10,000 plus legal fees.

Listening to the nation’s leading legal experts this past week has been one way to sort through the atrocious nature of the law.

The Constitution, including Roe v. Wade, only applies against the government, it doesn’t apply against private individuals,” says Laurence Tribe, a leading constitutional law expert at Harvard. “That’s what makes this really dangerous. It’s a kind of vigilante justice, circumventing all of the mechanisms we have for making sure that the law is enforced fairly, and that it’s not enforced in a way that violates people’s rights.”

While many correctly state the disastrous outcome this is for women and their rightful control of their health decisions it is also equally clear this law is a blow to our understanding of democracy.

I actually enjoy, each time a nominee for the Supreme Court is asked questions by the Judiciary Committee, to hear how that person feels about the meaning of the law and concepts that the court deals with continually.  

Without fail, there was always a deep conversation about the importance of judicial precedent. As one who respects Alexander Hamilton, he being my favorite Founding Father, I let his views make the case. From “The Federalist No. 78” where he stated a robust respect for precedent is indispensable to preventing judges from exercising arbitrary discretion. 

“To avoid an arbitrary discretion in the courts it is indispensable that they should be bound down by strict rules and precedents, which serve to define and point out their duty in every particular case that comes before them; and it will readily be conceived from the variety of controversies which grow out of the folly and wickedness of mankind, that the records of those precedents must unavoidably swell to a very considerable bulk, and must demand long and laborious study to acquire a competent knowledge of them.”

Additionally, I add a fact we need to be mindful of when considering the tossing aside of precedence. This week it was noted on NPR that in cases over the past half-century where a constitutional precedent was overturned, the court was either unanimous or nearly unanimous in that decision, with two or fewer justices in dissent. Hence the call from Hamilton about preventing judges from exercising arbitrary discretion.  Democracy runs the best when the law is stable and society has a level understanding of, and expectations about the issues at the heart of the laws.

So this past week there was, for me, this great chasm between those Senate hearings and the Court’s calamity that allowed for a state legislature to empower individual citizens to harass and intimidate women seeking a decades-long constitutionally protected medical procedure.

So where does the nation go from here with this issue?

Clearly, other state legislatures in the hands of conservative will try to entertain such kindred scenarios and pass legislation that mimics Texas.   After all, these types of zealots have been working to strike down Roe v. Wade for decades.  But what these Republicans have not taken into account is the reaction from the people.

We live in a very politically split nation, but there are a few issues where the people are united.  When it comes to the 1973 Roe decision there is a strong majority–most polls show it at roughly 70%–in support. Therefore, the brunt of negative reaction will be placed, correctly, upon the party who undermines that ruling for women’s health.

What the GOP has done, with the aid of Mitch McConnell and other such luminaries in their party, is place truly culturally backward nominees on the bench. What those throwbacks on the bench are doing is sowing the seeds of anger that will then create well-deserved blowback on the Republican Party in future elections.

Consider the mid-term elections in 2022.  Republicans nationwide are going to need to answer, again and again how they feel about the Texas law.  A law that will only become more unpopular as more stories of actual impacted women in that state make for headlines.  More trouble for the GOP candidates as more court cases result from the Texas law.  And more angst for the GOP over the very idea of a draconian and stupefying ban on abortions after 6-weeks! 

Is it any wonder that President Biden and Democrats grasp the fact that the Republicans have leaned way too far over their skis? Abortion can be a potent and energizing issue in just an average election cycle.  Given what the Republicans have offered as a blazing trash can of disgust we are left to feel genuine shock at their level of amateurish behavior in Texas.

So, Mr. 2022 GOP candidate: “Do you agree that your uncle should be sued by his nosy neighbor concerning his driving a daughter to a medical facility so to allow her to make a personal health decision?”

If conservatives want to wage a political war against women, I know a majority of Americans who will have a response.

And so it goes.

Lunacy Lives In Recall Efforts Against California Governor Gavin Newsom

All one needs to know about the recall efforts against California Governor Gavin Newsom is to look at who his main challenger is with about two weeks to go until the statewide balloting.

The reason for the recall efforts is aimed at those who do not like the fact masks are needed to control the pandemic and vaccines are proven to stem the spread of the virus.  

One of the political jokers is Republican John Cox who opposes California’s Covid-19 vaccine mandates and masks requirements. Playing to the three-thumb crowd and trying to get cozy with the lowest educated in the state is not, it should be noted, a sign of pending leadership. I add, as a note to my readers that Cox was handed his backside on a platter after Newsom defeated him at the polls in 2018. Cox could not even get 39% from the electorate!

But it is Larry Elder, an angry conservative talk-show host, who gets the headlines and is rising among the hordes who want to become governor in this most bizarre election. An election, I note, that is driven due to science demanding certain remedies to tackle a virus.

Elder is very problematic for women given his tongue lashings he has handed out over the years. It does not help he was also accused of domestic abuse.  His waving a gun several years ago in front of a woman who was then to be his wife underscores his disdain for women. Well, people actually.

Elder’s stand on the issues places him in the cheap seats at a comedy show. He would repeal Newsom’s Covid-19 mask and vaccine mandates for state workers, who must either be vaccinated or tested weekly for the virus. He opposes the minimum wage, cashless bail, and defunding the police. He has said he will suspend the California Environmental Quality Act.

If one looks logically at the electorate and past outcomes in the regions of the state that must turn out for Newsom it then appears the recall will fail.  There is current polling data to show that to be the case.

The poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found just 39% of 1,080 likely California voters would vote to recall Newsom, effectively unchanged from the 40% of those surveyed in May and in March, with 58% opposed. And nearly half said they either wouldn’t vote for — or were undecided on — the 46 candidates on the ballot hoping to replace him.  It needs noting that the polls—and I have been following them over the past months–are clear that the support for the recall remains at less than a 50% position—and in most polls far less than that half.

The news this week is favorable to the Newsom forces as the mail ballot returns so far show that more than twice as many Democrats have voted than Republicans and that liberal areas of the state such as the Bay Area have the highest rates of return. Nearly 4.7 million Californians have cast ballots. The returns show that Democrats are turning out in high numbers–2.5 million have cast ballots, compared with more than 1.1 million Republicans.

That does not mean the foot is to be removed from the pedal as there must be a relentless drive for votes to ensure a troglodyte does not somehow sneak into the seat of power in Sacramento.

Angry voters who shout and spit–especially during a pandemic–are not ready to know how to use power. They also are not very bright. It would have been far more strategic to have waited for the regular election cycle and found a strong Republican to mount a sane race for Governor.

Instead, California voters are being told by the motley crew of ‘would-be’s’ they too can resemble Florida and Mississippi!

And so it goes.