As the new year started, conservative radio host and former California governor hopefuls Larry Elder said announced that he would not run against Gavin Newsom in the 2022 election.
The decision was met with a collective yawn. Sure Elder – a Trump-style self-promoter – would not run in a general election in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one. After the California Conservatives were beaten by Newsom in a recall election in which the rules of the competition heavily favored those seeking to overthrow the governor, they know they will not win statewide offices in a regular election anytime soon. This is especially true given the current household numbers: California is approaching 2022, with analysts forecasting a staggering forecast $ 31 billion budget surplus, and looking ahead, an additional surplus of many billions of dollars each year for the years to come.
This excess allows Newsom to reinvent California’s safety net in ways that will fundamentally transform the state in the time to come. the $ 100 billion California comeback plan, which Newsom launched in October, a month after the recall, is directing huge sums of money into childcare, tax credits, environmental projects, affordable housing, expanded health care and other major changes to the safety net.
After surviving the recall, Newsom’s popularity in California was far higher than Joe Biden’s on the national stage. The approval ratings of the California governor in mid-September reaches 57 percent. The President’s popularity rating, on the other hand, is now in the bathroom, with 56 percent of respondents in the latest survey said they disapproved of his job performance.
One lesson can be drawn from this: Newsom and the Statehouse Democratic majority are effectively using political power to enact important and popular reforms that, in turn, bolster their political popularity. In contrast, the President and Democrats in Congress are so bogged down and held hostage to the machinations of Senators Manchin and Sinema and the GOP blockade tactics in the Senate that they appear to be completely unable to use their power to pass vital laws; and the result is that voters who see a majority-controlled party in Congress that is unable to effectively mobilize their power turn against them.