We bumped into our old friend Bob Mulholland, ex-political director of the California Democratic Party, at the recently concluded Disneyland Dem convention, and invited him to share his singular brand of political wisdom with Calbuzz readers.
Glazer, indubitably. Amid spin downplaying Steve Glazer’s victory in the 7th state Senate district election, consider this: Steve would have won with, or without, the Top Two system. In the March 17th primary, Glazer was the top vote getter, and in pre-Top Two world, would have advanced to face a Republican (plus 3rd party candidates, if they’d filed); SD 7 is 43.4% Democrats versus 28.5% Republicans, so it’s Senator Glazer in any case. Congratulations – he ran with causes and the voters responded.
The digits of drought: Scientists say there is a place in Antarctica that has not had precipitation in two million years; California is only in its fourth year of drought, but alas has 38 million people and an ag industry that feeds much of America. About 70 percent of the state’s precipitation falls north of J Street, in downtown Sacramento, but about 80 percent is used in the Central Valley, where massive amounts are being sucked out of aquifers, including water that fell as rain 20,000 years ago. More Latin prayers, please governor.
Chicken hawk alert: Republican presidential candidates are so afraid that Dick Cheney, who sobers up every few weeks to go on FOX, will attack them, that they keep heaping support on the phony arguments that Big Dick and W used to invade Iraq, while insisting the world is better off without Saddam Hussein. Loose GOP translation: when it comes to governing the Cradle of Civilization, ISIS is a cut above Saddam.
I read the news today, oh boy: One family controlled four cancer “charities” and spent $187 million on themselves; five big banks pleaded guilty to felonies and paid $5.6 billion in fines; Takata recalled 34 million cars for defective airbags. All I can think of is Meg Whitman, the 2010 Republican candidate for governor, endlessly saying we should run government like a business.
Oleaginous bastards. Ten thousand years of history prove that Murphy’s Law is immutable; Santa Barbara’s oil spill, however, shows it’s still human nature to conclude that an accident or mistake can’t happen here. For corporate CEOs, that way of thinking comes with added incentives: they get big raises when they cut costs, and an even bigger severance check when they get fired after a fiasco (i.e. Carly Fiorina’s $20 million walk away from HP). Solution: send a couple corporate culprits responsible for disasters to jail, and stop imprisoning potheads.
It’s on: That murderous scene in Waco, Texas, where biker gangs emptied out of a bar and into a parking lot, where they promptly emptied their guns on each other (nine dead) should not be a surprise. American men do stuff like that all the time, even in the national pastime; baseball dugouts often empty after a pitcher hits a batter, but so far, the coaches aren’t handing out 9mms and AK47s on the bench.
The city of London, tho’ handsomer than Paris,
is not as handsome as Philadelphia.
Not clear what Jefferson would have made of Waco.
Bob Mulholland, a Vietnam veteran, is a member of the Democratic National Committee.