Since Watergate, California has been more or less dominated politically by a small number of Bay Area Democratic Catholic and Jewish professional politicians, most notably Gov. Jerry Brown, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Diane Feinstein, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and party chairman John Burton.
But the Big Five can’t live forever. Boxer has been replaced by Kamala Harris. (Senator Harris launched her political career by assuming a position under Willie Brown, prone.)
Burton, who insisted on being represented on Wikipedia with an ancient photo making him look like Robert Redford in All the President’s Men, has shuffled off in his mid-80s. But the struggle to replace him has been contentious.
From the New York Times:
By ADAM NAGOURNEY AUG. 9, 2017
SACRAMENTO — For Democrats across the nation, California has offered a bright if lonely light this year. …
Even at a time of overall success, state Democrats are torn by a bitter fight for the party leadership, revealing the kind of divisions — between insiders and outsiders, liberals and moderates — that unsettled the national party last year and could threaten its success in coming years.
The fight pits Eric C. Bauman, a longtime party leader, against Kimberly Ellis, a Bay Area activist. Mr. Bauman won the election by just over 60 votes out of 3,000 cast at the party convention in May, but Ms. Ellis has refused to concede, claiming voting improprieties, like permitting ineligible people to vote for Mr. Bauman.
So the POC candidate, Ms. Ellis, favors Voter Suppression? Ok, got it.
The old California Mainstream Democratic Establishment is said to be represented by Bauman, a gay Orthodox Jew from the Bronx who is a cousin of Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of Sha-Na-Na. In contrast, California’s emerging tidal wave of Latino and Asian voters is said to be represented by Ms. Ellis, who is black.
But as much as Ms. Ellis is portrayed by her supporters as the future of the Democratic Party, Mr. Bauman is perceived as the face of the establishment Democratic Party they blame for the party’s setbacks in Washington.
In this 0ne-party state, Democrats would be clawing each other’s eyes out over who has more Diversity Pokemon Points if they couldn’t unify around hating the Real Menace, James Damore.