This thread about Democrats planning strategy and accidentally broadcasting their meeting was kind of amusing:
The conversation was transmitted to roughly 500 “squawk boxes” around Sacramento that political staff, lobbyists and reporters use to listen in on legislative proceedings.
….”Since this is going to be a crisis, the crisis could be this year,” Goldberg said, according to a transcript. “No one’s running [for reelection]. And maybe you end up better off than you would have, and maybe you don’t. But what you do is you show people that you can’t get to this without a 55% vote.”
….After about 90 minutes, a staffer interrupted to alert lawmakers that their meeting was not private at all:
“Excuse me, guys, you can be heard outside,” an unidentified staff member said.
“Oh [expletive], [expletive],” Goldberg said.
That is amusing enough, but it started to make me think about the California problem again. I have decided that if there was ever one thing I was wrong about, it was term limits. And, boy, was I wrong. Is there anyone out there who thinks that if a competent legislature with experience were in place, California would be in half as bad a mess as it is now?
As much as it hurts me, I am with Willie Brown. Term limits are not the answer.
Fabian Nunez is a wonk, Mervyn Dymally is in his 70s and the former Vice, er, Lt. Governor. Judy Chu and Patty Berg are new, and the others I didn’t bother to check.
And, while we wish we could forget we can’t, Jackie Goldberg is a long-time wonk on the Los Angeles Unified School Board and the Los Angeles City Council and others. She might be relatively new to Sacramento, but not to politics.
The problem is not that there are a bunch of newbies in Sacramento.
The problem is that most of them are far-left nuts.