[guest post by JVW]
Have any of you guys seen that wretched anti-recall ad on Facebook where Governor Hair-Gel (D – French Laundry) addresses the camera and solemnly informs us that this is just a Republican-driven effort that will prevent California from reopening, getting businesses back up and running, and, yes, distributing vaccines? If you don’t care for the character playing the role of California’s 40th Governor — and I certainly do not — you will find a great deal of annoyance there. When not busy figuring out how to frivolously waste a budgetary surplus courtesy of misguided Washington priorities, Gov. Newsom is inveighing against the insolence of the unwashed hordes led by sour grapes Republicans who dare to question his benevolent rule.
However, the idea that his burgeoning anti-recall campaign is “grassroots,” as the Governor aggravatingly asserts, stretches that trite term well beyond its understood boundaries. For one thing, the very ad in which he makes the claim ends with the standard notice that funding is provided by the California Democrat Party, the Democrat Governors Association, and the Professional Engineers in California Government Association, among other — ahem, ahem — advocates for “good government.” And just this week, another small businessman provided his support to the embattled Hero of Sacramento:
Reed Hastings, the co-CEO of Netflix, has shelled out a whopping $3 million to a fund opposed to the recall of California Governor Gavin Newsom.
The contribution was reported to the California Secretary of State on Thursday afternoon, and is the largest single contribution to date to the Stop The Republican Recall.
Oh. Well, not to worry. No doubt that beyond Mr. Hastings there are millions of ordinary Californians pitching in to support the man who sent his kids to their tony private classroom while allowing his teacher union allies to keep your kids’ public school closed:
Newsom will likely have a huge war chest. He also has been raising directly for his 2022 campaign fund, with recent donors including JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath, who each contributed $32,400. Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg also each contributed that amount. Other donors include Sherry Lansing, Tom Rothman, Jeff Skoll, Chris Silbermann and Jeff Shell.
Ok, so just because it’s a really well-maintained lawn of the finest grass from an English country estate watered with the pure tears of nuns weeping on Good Friday doesn’t mean that it doesn’t qualify as grassroots. I mean we’re talking about a man of the people who in his last election raised money from such mom-and-pop operators as lawyers and lobbyists ($2.8 million), trade unions ($2.5 million), real estate interests ($2.1 million), securities and investments brokers ($1.7 million), tech companies ($1.4 million), public employee unions ($1.4 million), entertainment interests ($1.4 million) and Native American casino operators ($ .83 million). Certainly none of those donors want anything other than good schools, safe streets, and competent government.
Gavin Newsom is certainly entitled to vigorously oppose his own recall, and I don’t particular care to which sugar daddies he extends his perfectly-manicured baby’s-butt-smooth hand for the loot. But for a corrupt establishment creature like him to use the term “grassroots” any way other than ironically is deserving of the sort of derision that this slick hustler routinely brings upon himself.