I’m a great fan of all that is California. From the vast urban centers to the sea of fields that makes for one of the great food producing communities in the world. From Cal and Stanford and Caltech and the Claremont Colleges, all of which rank as great universities to the more specialized campuses like Irvine and Davis, unique and special in their own way.
To the special dynamics of Silicon Valley and Hollywood which make both areas major business areas in the country. To the brilliance of some of the restaurants and to the overall quality of available food – fresh and local and exceeding government standards. To Alice Waters and the movement that made so many of us foodies in a very good way. To the music industry and the up and down sports teams – championships in baseball and football and basketball. Ditto for the college sports teams.
With the most beautiful of lands, from gentle rolling hills to the raging Mendocino Coast from miles of desert and its own specialized beauty to acres and acres of all types of flowers. California is dynamic in feeding the country, advancement in technology, and creation in all aspects of entertainment and nourishment.
California, home to trend setters and life setters in almost all ways but politics. Sure, the state gave one of its Governors for the Presidency, loved by some not loved by many others, but the state has been ignored by the Presidential Parties. I could understand the Republicans wanting to ignore the state as a bad dream – being a Republican has even less relevancy then clueless embarrassing distant cousins. It’s not unusual for a Presidential election to be called for a candidate before a chunk of California voters get a chance to vote.
The primaries are even worse. 50% larger than the next largest state (Texas), California doesn’t hold its Presidential Primary until June. Texas has its Primary the first Tuesday in March. South Carolina, late February! What Democrat outside of Hillary Clinton truly gives a shit about South Carolina? In the last 10 Presidential elections the majority of South Carolina voters have voted for the Republican candidate while the majority of California voters have voted for the Democrat candidate for the last 6 Presidential elections. California has been a bastion of strength for the Democrats yet gets kicked in the face when it comes to choosing the Party’s nominee. South Carolina, because of the date of its Primary has more influence in the choosing of the Democratic Candidate. This is Madness!
When you look at demographics by race of the two states versus the country as a whole (right hand column for South Carolina, second number for California) we see:
“White 68.3% 77.4%
Black or African American alone, percent, 2014 (a) 27.8% 13.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, 2014 (a) 0.5% 1.2%
Asian alone, percent, 2014 1.5% 5.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, 2014 (a) 0.1% 0.2%
Two or More Races, percent, 2014 1.7% 2.5%
Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2014 5.4% 17.4%”
While in California:
“White alone, percent, July 1, 2014, (V2014)
Black or African American alone, percent, July 1, 2014, (V2014)
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, July 1, 2014, (V2014)
Asian alone, percent, July 1, 2014, (V2014)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, July 1, 2014, (V2014)
Two or More Races, percent, July 1, 2014, (V2014)
Hispanic or Latino, percent, July 1, 2014, (V2014)
You should want to reward a Democrat stronghold by allowing it to have a say in the Party’s choice, if you want a lab of incredible diversity, if you captains of industry and the economic poor trend-setters, and old world, new arrivals and members of the DAR, California has it all. And the Democrats should reward the people of California accordingly.
“This is all ludicrous, of course. The nation’s most populous state — with 12% of the people — has to hope for candidate miscalculation and chaos in other states so it can participate in choosing the next president.” http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-sac-cap-primaries-20160204-column.html