Travis Allen, an intelligent, truly conservative happy warrior has what it takes to put a Republican in the California governor’s office.
I attended a luncheon today at which Travis Allen spoke. He is running for California governor.
I’ve been to many luncheons over the years at which Republican men and women have spoken, all of them seeking some sort of elected office in California. Some were good, and I wrote about their efforts, some were bad, and I didn’t want to embarrass them by writing about them at my blog. However, I didn’t think any of them could actually win in California, a state that, until a few months ago, had a Democrat super-majority in the State Assembly.
Having seen Travis Allen in action, though, I think he might be that rare, true Republican who can win over California. He’s certainly coming along at a propitious time — although things that would normally drive out a government that’s held power for 39 years, here in California might not get the traction one expects. Let me explain.
It’s propitious that Trump’s conservativism, which has done great things for the economy and which appeals to core American values, is winning fans, especially among the all-important Independents. But of course, this is California and even the so-called Independents are Leftists and the media drumbeat is taken for truth, not noise.
It’s propitious that the #MeToo movement has hit Sacramento and Democrats are holding their breath that the other shoe won’t drop, exposing just how sexist and debauched unrestrained Leftism can be. But of course, this is California and we know that Democrat disdain for behavior ranging from merely sexist to actual sexual assault vanishes when Leftist values such as abortion, open borders, and gun control are on the line. A party that can forgive Teddy Kennedy for manslaughter can forgive anything.
It’s propitious that Jerry Brown’s unilaterally-imposed gas tax (12 cents per gallon) has been in effect for several months, and we can see how it raises consumer prices, not to mention the terrible regressive toll it takes on poor people. But of course, this is California and the monied interests are so invested in the imagined horrors of anthropogenic climate change that they’re willing to see poor people suffer from “energy poverty” if it will drive gasoline-powered cars off the road.
It’s propitious that Covered California, the state’s answer to Obamacare has not, in fact, covered California. Instead, especially in rural areas, it’s left many people without their own doctors or even access to medical care. But of course this is California, so it’s no surprise at all to see that political and special interest groups still view socialized medicine as the Holy Grail of politics, which should be advanced at all costs.
It’s propitious (and tragic) that illegal aliens murder people, drive up the state’s poverty rate, and impose welfare burdens on an already financially insecure state. But of course, this is California and it’s racist and unfair to Latin Americans to leave them trapped in their hellhole countries (never mind that there may be cultural and political problems that should be addressed in those countries first, rather than importing them into ours).
It’s propitious that Gavin Newsom is dumb as a rock, rode the Getty coattails to political prominence, and is to the Left of Jerry Brown. But of course, this is California and this pretty-boy Silicon Valley populist, one who sings sweet songs to socialist tech billionaires, is still the odds-on favorite to win.
So, again, while Travis Allen’s timing is propitious, can he overcome the insanity that keeps driving this state further and further to the Left, in the direction of a tall cliff beyond which there is no visible bottom? [Read more…]