I’m waking up to the news here in California.
“LOS ANGELES — Voters in California delivered a stark warning to the Democratic Party on Tuesday about the potency of law and order as a political message in 2022, as a Republican-turned-Democrat campaigning as a crime-fighter vaulted into a runoff in the mayoral primary in Los Angeles and a progressive prosecutor in San Francisco was recalled in a landslide.
The two results made vivid the depths of voter frustration over rising crime and rampant homelessness in even the most progressive corners of the country — and are the latest signs of a restless Democratic electorate that was promised a return to normalcy under President Biden and yet remains unsatisfied with the nation’s state of affairs.
“People are not in a good mood, and they have reason not to be in a good mood,” said Garry South, a Los Angeles-based Democratic strategist. “It’s not just the crime issue. It’s the homelessness. It’s the high price of gasoline.”
The West Coast contests were being monitored closely by strategists and leaders in both parties around the country, as Democrats seek to hold together a fractious and diverse political coalition that can be divided both by race and ideology over criminal justice. …”
“Voters in deep-blue California rebuked Democrats in both the Bay Area and Southland on Tuesday.
In San Francisco, a progressive prosecutor was recalled.
In Los Angeles, a billionaire former Republican is in the runoff for mayor.
Why it matters: Even in top Democratic power centers, midterm-year liberal voters are fed up. It’s a bleak sign for President Biden as Dems try to hold on to the House and Senate in November. …”
I’m not in San Francisco. I’m in the Los Angeles area. This is what we were discussing though last night.
First observation upon arriving … no wonder climate change and the environment are top issues out on the West Coast. Coming from the South, I have never seen so much pollution. The area would be a lot more beautiful without all the smog.
Second observation … having driven from Alabama to California with detours into Colorado and Nevada, the second thing I noticed is that far more people here are still wearing masks. It is like they didn’t get the memo that COVID is over in the rest of the country.
Third observation … gas is nearly $7 dollars a gallon in the Los Angeles area. It was around $4.29 back home in Alabama. This was already a disaster, but I can imagine how angry working class people out here must be feeling about it. I’m not looking forward to filling up before heading back to Arizona.
Fourth observation … my son had been wanting to try In-N-Out Burger for months and that was the first thing we did after settling in here in our hotel room. We enjoyed it. At least the food is good.
We’re about to head to the beach. We’re hoping that we won’t see the drug addicts and homeless people that we have heard so much about. I’m sure we will come across them at some point though. It was strange that the hotels seem a lot cheaper here than on the Gulf Coast.