Although Caitlyn Jenner, pictured above, does somewhat resemble Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, I don’t see a path to California’s governorship for her…
For a long time I didn’t think that the proponents of the recall of Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom likely would reach the number of valid signatures that they have needed (almost 1.5 million of them) to get their little do-over election that is doomed to fail to remove Newsom, who is popular enough in California to keep his job.
In February I did leave myself an out; I wrote: “Unless the recall proponents, for whatever reason(s), have been sitting on hundreds of thousands of signatures until their final March 17 deadline [to submit the signatures to the county elections offices], there is no fucking way that they haven’t been blatantly lying about their numbers for at least several weeks now.”
In an online article a little while ago (I can’t find it now, but probably will try again), I did read one of the recall proponents state that the proponents indeed sat on a shitload of signatures and turned them in late in the game; if memory serves, the proponent stated that the recall campaign, for whatever reason or reasons, thought that doing so would be politically advantageous.
The California Secretary of State’s office this past week reported that the state’s 58 county elections offices have declared valid 1,626,042 recall-petition signatures, which is more than 130,000 more signatures than the recall proponents need (they need 1,495,709 signatures).
Anyone who signed a Newsom recall petition and now regrets it has until June 8 to withdraw his or her signature by submitting a written request to his or her county elections office, but I don’t see more than 130,000 people doing that, so I expect a gubernatorial recall election — the circus-like one that we had back in 2003 wasn’t long ago enough — and the experts say it probably will be held this November.
It very much appears to be the case that the people of California are going to have to pay millions and millions of dollars for a statewide election that most likely won’t result in the governorship changing hands, but which will give the state another gubernatorial recall circus. (Yes, the Repugnicans are all about fiscal responsibility, you see, but they gladly will waste a huge amount of California taxpayers’ money on their little vanity project of a statewide election that will change nothing.)
And thus far the ringleader of the circus that we expect in November is Caitlyn Jenner, who is highly unlikely to be elected as California governor in a recall election. In fact, just the specter of a Gov. Jenner probably will induce millions of Californians who might otherwise have sat out the recall circus to vote no on the recall in order to save Newsom’s ass.
I don’t care that Caitlyn Jenner is a transgender woman. I do care that Jenner is running as a Repugnican, that Repugnican governors in California historically have been disastrous — they work only for the rich and powerful — and that Jenner has held zero elected office at all.
In fact, Jenner recently lambasted California district attorneys who had been selected by Newsom — when California’s governor doesn’t get to pick the state’s district attorneys; the voters do. Jenner might know makeup and nails — and B-list-at-best celebrity and “reality” television, just like her hero, the former “President” Pussygrabber — but (also like Pussygrabber) she knows jack shit about governance and is uniquely unqualified for the job of governor of the most populous state of the nation.
That aside, who the fuck, exactly, is going to vote for Jenner? Let’s see: The national Repugnican Party is quite anti-transgender — explicitly so in its 2016 and 2020 national platform. Not many die-hard Repugnicans would vote for Jenner, not even on a fucking lark. How much support are you going to get at the ballot box from a political party that opposes your very existence?
And the vast majority of California’s registered Democrats — who outnumber California’s registered Repugnicans by almost two to one –– aren’t going to vote for any Repugnican for governor. The trans angle won’t be nearly enough for even the “wokest” to cast a vote for Jenner for governor.
Jenner’s only target audience, that I can see, would be apolitical transgender people — people who are transgender and who are excited to vote for a transgender candidate (understandable), but who are wholly ignorant about politics, including what the Repugnican Party is all about (in a word, evil). How many of these very niche voters are there in California? Even 1,000 of them?
Don’t get me wrong; I’m no Democratic Party hack myself. I am registered as an independent because the Democratic Party isn’t nearly progressive enough for my tastes (and don’t even get me started on the toxic identity politics within the Democratic Party that have displaced socioeconomic justice, harming millions of people).
I’m a so-called “Bernie bro,” even though as a gay man I don’t feel like a “bro” at all (and I resent the misandry and the false claims of “sexism” and “misogyny” that are rampant among the “woke” “left” [as I said, don’t even get me started on toxic identity politics…]).
President Biden, whom I did not vote for (I knew that he would win all of California’s electoral votes, which is all that counts in a presidential election, so shut the fuck up), is doing better than I’d thought he would — he apparently at least tentatively has the balls, or at least one ball, anyway, that former President Barack Obama sorely lacked — but there still is plenty of time for him to fuck it all up.
And while I’m lukewarm for Newsom — I did vote for him in November 2018, because after Repugnican Gov. Arnold “Baby Daddy” Schwarzenegger, it’s quite important to me that we never have another Repugnican governor — I believe that Newsom is doing far better in leading the state (which many have deemed, probably correctly, as essentially ungovernable) than would any Repugnican.
And there is no good reason to remove Newsom before he has to run for re-election again in November of next year anyway.
The gubernatorial recall circus that very most likely will take place this fall is not just the temper tantrum, but is the death throes, of the out-of-touch, out-of-power, Pussygrabberian Repugnican Party in California.
We, the people of California, need to drive a stake through that vampire’s cold fucking heart once and for all.
If you wish, you can donate to the anti-recall effort here. I have.