Can Peter Thiel make the California GOP electable again?
You would have thought no California Democratic politician would act loonier after Donald Trump’s presidential victory than Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, who threatened to launch a state-sponsored satellite in response to the incoming administration proposals to return NASA’s focus back to space exploration.
But never underestimate the ability of the Party’s representatives in the Golden State to plummet off the deep end and sink to the lowest possible level.
Let’s start with our Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Brown’s heir apparent. He has threatened Trump’s plans for a wall on our southern border with environmental lawsuits.
President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the border will run into resistance in California, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in an interview with The Golden State podcast .
The state could sue under the California Environmental Quality Act or its federal equivalent, said Newsom, utilizing a common tactic to delay or kill all sorts of development projects around the state.
“There’s something called CEQA in California — NEPA at the federal level,” Newsom said. “There’s indigenous lands and autonomies relating to governance on those lands. There are all kinds of obstructions as it relates to just getting zoning approval and getting building permits. All those things could be made very, very challenging for the administration.”
I thought our environmental laws were to protect the public from pollution, not to thwart some political agenda. I suspect that the lawyers who will respond to Newsom’s ill-conceived lawsuit will use this information to demonstrate that the case is not about protecting Californians at all.
I also believe that the Trump Wall will be finished way before the California bullet train system is complete.
Next, let’s look at the recent antics of our replacement for Barbra Boxer, Senator Kamala Harris. Remember when I warned you that she would be worse.
Harris is all that and more, as demonstrated about her misplaced concern about global warming and gay marriage when questioning CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Pompeo deferred on restating his position as a member of Congress, instead saying, “As the director of CIA, I would prefer today to not get into the details of climate debate and science.”
He also promised to have a follow-up conversation with Harris to further discuss his views on climate science after he gives them more thought and discussion.
I suspect more Americans would rather have Pompeo focus on “Russian hacking” than on carbon dioxide emissions, and Islamic terrorists are more of a security threat to gays (as demonstrated by the Orlando attack) than a Kansas family man. But that isn’t on Harris’ social justice radar.
Let’s spend a moment on Russian hacking! Our senior senator now says she believes a Russian cyber and propaganda effort altered the outcome of the presidential election in Trump’s favor.
“I’ve had all of the major classified briefings. I have been astonished at what has been a two-year effort [at] Russia to spearfish, to hack, to provide disinformation, propaganda wherever it really could. And I think this has been a very sophisticated effort,” [Dianne] Feinstein added.
The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Friday it will investigate the involvement of Russian actors in the U.S. election, “including any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns.” President-elect Donald Trump’s critics have long raised questions about his friendly campaign rhetoric toward Russian President Vladimir Putin and a number of his top adviser’s ties to Russia, though none of the intelligence community’s statements or reports on Russian actions during the election suggest a link between the two.
Does Feinstein honestly believe Putin would have considered Hillary Clinton a more serious opponent, given her lack of stamina and ineptness? The only person to blame for Clinton’s loss is Clinton.
So, as our senior Democratic politicians cover themselves in Trump-hate and social justice shame, is there any way the Republicans can make a come-back in this state? Perhaps, as many Californians are very excited about Silicon Valley pioneer Peter Thiel running for Governor in 2018.
If Thiel is mulling over a campaign, then he should take a page from Trump’s playbook. That is, run as much as an independent as possible, stay way from party establishment types, and campaign against Sacramento and the political environment that created Newsom, Harris and Feinstein.DONATE
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