California is at the vanguard of the resistance, so time to upgrade its senator with Kevin de León
By all measures, California is one of the most liberal states in the country. It was a state that Hillary Clinton won 62-32. (The 3-million vote advantage in the state was the same as Clinton’s national popular-vote victory margin.) Democrats hold every statewide elected position, plus supermajorities in both chambers of the legislature. This complete governmental dominance (and ballot initiatives) has delivered a steady stream of progressive legislation—environmental protections, sanctuary state status, $15 minimum wage, legalized pot, increased gun restrictions—while maintaining the state’s status as one of the world’s economic powerhouses. Indeed, if California were a country, it would be the sixth-largest economy in the world.
Thus, the GOP fantasy that liberal governance is bad for business is, well, bunk. And as a minority-majority state, it’s showing that America’s demographic future is a strength, not something to be feared by the shrinking white majority.
Shepherding that progressive renaissance in the state legislature? Senate Majority Leader Kevin de León, who we are now endorsing in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate against incumbent Dianne Feinstein. As Harold Meyerson wrote, “California has emerged as the capital of anti-Trump America, and, more than that, as the progressive model for America’s future. That shift is due as much to de León as to anyone else.”
Feinstein may have been a breath of fresh air when first elected in 1992—this was an era when California still elected ideologically odious Republican governors like Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson (elected governor two years before Feinstein was elected to the Senate in 1992). Unfortunately, Feinstein has failed to evolve with her state, making her a relic of a bygone era. She should’ve retired to accolades; instead, she’s trying to hang on to a state she no longer reflects.