Holiday Weekend Open Thread: This Article is WAY Too Optimistic, but It’s Still Fun to Read




This time last week, we Democrats were preparing for the ADEMs.  A few days ago, we got the first sounding of how well progressive Democrats did statewide.

(Go ahead, click on that and take a look.)

Really well.  Startlingly well.  But: a majority of this new term’s party membership?  Not likely.  “ADD”s (Assembly District Delegates) are only part of the membership of the party.  The rest includes ex officio members, both publicly and party-elected, appointees of elected officials, and members appointed by the various state parties.  (DPOC alone has enough slots to cover all of the not-otherwise-elected members of the Central Committee, as well as some of its alternates.)  So even a substantial victory in the ADEMs doesn’t translate to an absolute majority.

This is part of what critics mean when we say that “the system is rigged.”  It doesn’t mean that the outcome is always pre-determined; it means that the procedures, and the selection of who will have a say under those procedures, is deeply slanted — generally for the benefit of incumbent party officials.

We still need some reports from the ADEM races, so if you don’t see your local results listed in the comments to our previous item on ADEMs from a week ago, please send in your own results so we can come up with a final list.

OJB is off to the local swearing-in ceremony for State Senator Josh Newman; we’ll report back on that later — as well as with some thoughts on the MLK2 Day holiday and what it tells us about our current political environment.

This is your Holiday Weekend Open Thread; write about that or whatever else you’d like, within reasonable bounds of discretion and decorum.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)