Meet the Obama Voter Running As a Republican in California

Geez. I stopped paying attention to political news in California for a few days and in swooped Neel Kashkari, the investment banker who helped run TARP under Bush and Obama, to announce that he’s running for governor. In difficult times, God, the universe, the Prime Mover or whatever calls upon great men to rise up and deliver this kind of rousing oratory.

“I’m running for governor of California to strengthen California families, so that every kid in California gets a good education, and to create a lot of good jobs,” the 40-year-old Republican told hundreds of people at a lunch at Cal State Sacramento.”That’s my platform, jobs and education. Jobs and education,” he said.

Swoon.

Here’s a dirty secret. I thought Republicans in Nevada were nuts for giving the primary to Sharron Angle in 2010, but now I’m starting to get it. I mean, why the hell not? On one hand we have a Tea Party guy, Tim Donnelly, who has virtually no chance of becoming governor, and on the other hand we have Kashkari, who supports abortion and gay marriage and voted for Obama in 2008. Who also, by the way, has virtually no chance of becoming governor. If I’m going to lose, I’d rather go out with a little dignity.

JSF at Valley of the Shadow has a post about the upcoming election and what we can learn from 2010.

The last Gubernatorial Election, we had a policy maker with no Political experience [Meg Whitman – ed.] win the Primary (repeated on a national level in 2012 with the same team!) against a candidate who worked within the Party Structure who built connections. The Party Guy lost and we all lost in 2010.

The idea of electing an actual conservative to statewide office might be tilting at a windmill, but the last moderate outsider we had in California was Schwarzenegger. That model probably isn’t going to repeat itself.
This is our current governor folks.

Jerry Brown with Jim Jones

The one on the left.

The state just might be beyond redemption for a few more generations. We need someone who is going to articulate a real alternative.

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