May 2, 2021

Caitlyn and the $400 million recall election


PUBLISHED: May 1, 2021 at 10:59 a.m. | UPDATED: May 1, 2021 at 10:59 a.m.

If it was a responsible political movement, led by ethical and honorable politicos, folks deeply concerned about the welfare of the state they’re hoping to take over, you’d expect they would have a truly important reason for attempting to overturn a legitimate election and install a completely new government.

Massive corruption. perhaps, or treason, ruinous incompetence, murder, drug deals, prostitution — you know, the kind of newsworthy malfeasance that leaves we the people with no choice but to take direct action. Because this will not be a cheap date: $400 million. A lot to ask of taxpayers just so they can endure seven additional months of political advertising.

Now, after the in-your-face recall petitioners working supermarket parking lots, AM radio waves filled with the grunts of bull-tongued angry men threatening to put (as they enjoy saying on KFI) “libtard heads on stakes,” and the tanker trucks of ink necessary to publish hundreds of newspapers overripe with apocalyptic op-eds shrieking for a revolution, that reason is revealed.

It was done so that a reality TV celebrity could become governor. Underwhelming is not an understatement.

Certainly, Caitlyn Jenner has a right to run for office. So do I, as does the guy next door with his annoying dog. You do, too. But to recall a governor we recently elected, and at huge cost to those working stiffs so many pols pay lip service to, only so Jenner can be awarded what would likely become just one more venue for hyping interesting lifestyle alternatives?

According to the online newser Raw Story, that might be it. In an article titled, “Grifter with no experience: Caitlyn Jenner’s run for governor slammed as ‘money-making gig,’” they had this to say about the official campaign website that announced her candidacy:

“The one-page site offers a single paragraph saying ‘for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people.’ … There are no policy positions, as some noted, and no party affiliation. The only other offerings Jenner’s site has for California voters are to give her their name and email address, and two links: ‘Shop,’ and ‘Donate,’ in that order.”

Jenner has given us no good reason for running beyond selling bourgie wine glasses and pastel golf caps bearing her name. If you do go to that website, you could find yourself wondering if Caitlyn is running for governor of California, or of Malibu.

There is one other thing, another aspect to Jenner’s candidacy, more sinister than the junk politics I’m clowning.

Caitlyn Jenner’s campaign is being run by folks formerly employed by another reality TV star, Donald Trump. In particular, his former campaign chief, Brad Parscale. Think about how that worked out. Over half a million Americans dead of viral plague, $8 trillion in new debt, and a bloody insurrection concocted to overthrow a different election.

Parscale is alleged to have stolen a boatload of money from Trump, had a tawdry affair with Hope Hicks, got himself fired for being a crook, beat his wife while drunk, and was arrested live on CNN. Brad didn’t get Trump reelected but did help con thousands of gullible MAGAs out of their wages.

Many also believe the campaign operation Parscale ran was an important lynchpin in Trump’s election collusion with Moscow. As noted, political seer Eric Garland explained on Twitter, “Jenner is not only using Russian agent Brad Parscale, but Tony Fabrizio, the GOP pollster whose internal polling data went straight to Russian intelligence through Konstantin Kilimnik.”

Like I was saying, if you want to recall a California governor, you need a good reason. Caitlyn ain’t that.

Writer John Crawford lives in San Dimas.

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