LordMortis wrote: ↑Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:34 pm
Pyperkub wrote: ↑Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:42 pm
Newsom doing what I've been saying Harris should be doing for a year - be Biden's Attack Dog:
Newsom argues, the GOP is counting on complacency to erode voting rights, scapegoat minorities, conjure conspiracies and undermine democracy.
But after POLITICO revealed the leaked Supreme Court draft overturning Roe v. Wade, Newsom unloaded on Democrats, asking outside a Planned Parenthood office last month, “Where the hell is my party? Where’s the Democratic Party? … Why aren’t we calling this out? This is a concerted, coordinated effort. And, yes, they’re winning.”...
... Newsom is now planning to do what he demanded of fellow Democrats: directly engage with Republicans in those culture wars. His most attention-grabbing idea so far is one he pitched staff on his own. He joined Truth Social, Trump’s social media platform, where he’s since gone after the GOP on red state murder rates. The governor’s team also has discussed going on Fox News, with one adviser arguing that for Newsom, “it’s about the feeling we’re getting our asses kicked; that the Trumpers are owning the libs and we have to get into the fighting mode and make this a choice.”
Added another person close to Newsom: “He resents that shit [and] wants to push back on that narrative because he has the facts on his side.”
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who helped give Newsom his start in politics in the mid-90s, said he was merely “telling it like it is.”
“He is literally echoing what lots of us think: Our party doesn’t have a message that’s registering with voters,” Brown said.
At least for the message. I don't know enough about Newsom to know if I am more generally a fan. But I approve this message.
IMHO, Newsom is essentially a Clinton Democrat. Generally Pro-Business/Fiscally Responsible, but with a decent sense of what is right and necessary per our Ideals (and the Courage to act on that).
Example being the first Mayor to see that Equal Protection (Federal and CA State) and Brown v Board pretty much says that Gay Marriage should be legal, and legalized it in SF as Mayor. But as Mayor he also got the ball rolling on Corporate Tax Cuts in the City to keep massive tenants like Twitter in the City.
He's also been really good at moving CA towards clean energy while not destroying the economy.
People love to gripe about Governors and Covid policies, but IMHO, he did it pretty well given how much of a sh*tshow it was.
He does listen to a lot of large industry folks in the State (cronyism allegations are there, but more than other Governors? I don't think so, but I could be wrong), but CA is running a massive surplus and GDP growth right now, without major tax hikes.
He was previously married to Guilfoyle (he's ambitious, and she may be even more ambitious) and he cheated on her (could be good or bad) during their divorce with his campaign manager's wife (very bad).
All in all, I'd support him for President, but I don't think he'll run. I don't know if he could win because of how anathema California is to Conservatives, but I also think CA tends to have to deal with just about every domestic issue before most other states, and I think we really need a break from Ivy League Presidents who revolve around either Texas or New York.
If there's ever a sane Republican who is Governor of CA (looking *really* unlikely, given the GOP now), there's a good chance I might vote for them too. I kind of think that the vast amount of Governing headaches CA deals with on a daily basis and the way CA deals with them may be the best path for the Country. Certainly better than DeSantis, or Cuomo (as illustrated after media fawning...).
Schwarzenegger was a decent Governor, but his worst impulses, mostly driven by some grifters in the GOP, were really bad - selling CA State Buildings/Property and leasing back for instance, or his initiative plan to prevent Unions from donating to campaigns, but not limit corporations, and ultimately, Schwarzenegger did not do a good job on the CA Economy and Budget. Both Brown and Newsom were the ones who truly balanced the budget without massive gimmickry and have been running both a surplus, and funding a rainy day fund for economic downturns (which he has a lot of money allotted to businesses and citizens in his current budget, not just for budgetary shortfalls, but in trying to mitigate the economic downturn - e.g. Proposal of hard cash to Californians to help with Gas Spikes).