Getting Real About American Democracy

The California Recall Was Never Going to Happen

2021 is not 2020.

I’m not going to rehash my views on the 2020 election. I previously gave them extensive attention before they were purged from the Internet. Suffice it to say: If you’re reading this, we probably agree.

But the California recall is nothing like the (completely legitimate and I would never, ever say otherwise) 2020 Presidential election.

Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania are not California. Those who have never spent any significant time there cannot fully understand the political landscape of the Golden State.

California is dominated by its five largest cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego and Sacramento. These are gigantic cities, with some 25 million people between their collective metro areas. “Little” Sacramento has 2.3 million in its metro area alone.

While California has the same political landscape as of flyover — go outside the city by approximately 10 feet and you’re in a sea of MAGA — it’s cities are so massive that it doesn’t matter as much as it does in any of the aforementioned rust belt states.

The right should not delude itself about the character of all American cities, which are filled to the brim with men trending toward Nietzsche’s Last Man; what the greatest anti-materialist philosopher of our age calls the “small souled bugman.”

Indeed, it’s likely that the exodus from California has actually benefitted Texas. People fleeing the state are more likely to be tax refugees or Inland Empire holdouts who finally gave up. It’s not speculation — the data supports this.

So, as the good ones leave, California won’t just turn more blue, it will turn more crazy. Witness the spectacle surrounding Caitlyn Jenner, around whom the Nikki Haley wing of the GOP coalesced before the embarrassing charade of Larry Elder. Some men are called to greatness, but not these two.

There is no reason to suspect that fraud won the day, regardless of any tales of chicanery that come out of the state. I don’t doubt the veracity of such anecdotes, I just doubt their necessity. Go walk around LA sometime. Then let me know what you think.

Nor is there any reason to think that we can “Save California.” California is lost. Your allies there do not lie among the hoi polloi, but (much to my chagrin) among a disaffected set of Silicon Valley investors who are skeptical of wokeness and, indeed, democracy itself.

Failure to reckon with the reality of what has happened in California will not save it — or you.