Thank You to OC’s Profiles in Courage




Clockwise from bottom left: Reps. Katie Porter, Gil Cisneros, Harley Rouda, & Mike Levin: All going down on the right side of history today.

Of the seven Congressional districts representing all or part of Orange County, only three — CA 38 (Sanchez), CA 46 (Correa), and CA 47 (Lowenthal), are reliably blue, and the latter may be reliable only so long as Lowenthal himself is there.  The other four (from north to south) — CA-39 (Cisneros), CA-45 (Porter), CA-48 (Rouda), and CA-49 (Levin) are still competitive.

So with today being the third time in American history that the House of Representatives will vote on articles of impeachment, it’s time to thank in advance those latter four members of Congress — all of who will support impeachment —  for whom this is not necessarily a politically winning vote. (Though it may be!)  That it’s a risk that they’re willing to take to do what’s right is what makes it both courageous and worth special recognition.

The safety they can feel stems from the biggest change in OC over the last decade: that it no longer stands out as being extremely conservative, but it does stand out as being very well-educated. It’s being well educated — the ability to understand what’s going on, think critically, and reason to valid conclusions — that makes the biggest difference in one’s being able to avoid being a mindless Trump thrall.

I’m not including the members of Congress in that — they know that they’re bullshitting the public, but they don’t believe the bullshit parts themselves.  I also exclude the people who truly believe that attempted extortion of a foreign leader facing foreign invasion to get a juicy talking point about a possible opponent “does not rise to the level of impeachment.”  Reasonable people (as well as unreasonable ones) can disagree about that; I simply think that it’s not irrational, but just very very wrong.

If OC voters were still in the main the sorts of people who would swallow the swill being served by Reps. Nunes, Jordan, and Collins, these four would be in serious trouble.  I don’t think that they are.  I think that NOT running for the middle ground  — as one might have expected of the three men — actually puts them in a better position for reelection than doing so.  A Trumpian True Believer isn’t going to vote for a Democrat regardless of whether they buckled under here.  Showing some spine is a good look for them!

If the prospect of a Democratic primary challenge — necessarily in 2022, given our early primary — helped keep them on the straight and narrow, that’s great!  But, in an educated and less extremist county, they can all figure out that — even without a primary challenge — they’ll be a lot happier and safer having impeached Trump.  The NPPs are moving our way.

So — I’ve been getting emails from all four asking me to donate some money to their campaigns.  After the vote, I’m going to do so — a way to celebrate this momentous occasion — and I invite anyone else who hates breach of fiduciary duty to join me.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-disabled and semi-retired, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally ran for office against jerks who otherwise would have gonr 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.) His daughter is a professional campaign treasurer. He doesn't usually know whom she and her firm represent. Whether they do so never influences his endorsements or coverage. (He does have his own strong opinions.) But when he does check campaign finance forms, he is often happily surprised to learn that good candidates he respects often DO hire her firm. (Maybe bad ones are scared off by his relationship with her, but they needn't be.)