Last night while all Real Americans were watching football — which is GOD’S GAME, blessed be His son Tebow’s name — Joel Pollak at Breitbart’s Haunted Mansion watched the California gubernatorial debate between Gov. Jerry Brown and GOP sacrificial virgin Neel Kashkari. Kashkari, you may remember as either the guy who oversaw the unpopular Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) or as the guy who almost ate Brendan Fraser in the more popular The Mummy (1999). He’s definitely one of those guys.
Pollak, who used to be an editor at Breitbart until they realized his skill set was actually a null set, watched that debate along with seven other Californians and he is here to tell us that that Neel Kashkari fella, well, he’s really going places, — as long as one of those places isn’t the California governor’s office because: fat chance.
First, let me say that if the Breitbart’s were trying to help the guy out –and that is debatable since he’s not an overt racist lunatic and therefore a RINO — they might have gone with a different picture, because he seems… scary intense. Californians don’t do intense, because …. well, whatever, it’s not important, no biggie, it’s cool.
Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari turned in a solid performance in his first–and only–debate with incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown on Thursday evening, shaking off a tough welcome from lead moderator John Myers of KQED and hammering home his arguments against Brown’s policies and in favor of economic reforms that would benefit businesses expansion and job growth in the state.
“Solid performance” is the “well at least you tried, bless your heart, here’s a participation ribbon” of debate grades.
And it is certainly a good thing that Kashkari hit Brown on California’s economy because it is such a literal Hellhole of Poverty and Despair that all Californians are think of pulling a reverse-Tom Joad and heading back to Oklahoma.
Or, maybe not:
Last year California added 410,418 jobs, an increase of 2.8 percent over 2012, significantly better than the 1.8 percent national increase in jobs.
California is home to 12 percent of Americans, but last year it accounted for 17.5 percent of new jobs, Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows.
America has more than 3,100 counties and what demographers call county equivalents. Eleven California counties, including Sacramento, accounted for almost 1 in every 7 new jobs in the U.S. last year.
The Central Valley is home to nine of the nation’s 335 largest counties. The data show that all nine counties enjoyed better job growth overall than the rest of America. Sacramento County experienced a 2.7 percent increase, 50 percent better than the national average, as 15,425 jobs were added last year.
What else you got, Neel?
On the topic of undocumented immigrants, Telemundo’s Dunie Elvir challenged Kashkari to defend his position that unaccompanied alien children who cross the U.S. border illegally, given that the majority of Californians in recent polls supported keeping them in the state. Kashkari defended his views, arguing that the state needed to take care of its own children before those from elsewhere: “Who’s gonna stand up for the kids of California?”
Yeah, California’s Hispanic community has always had a special place in their hearts for Republicans thanks to former Gov. Pete Wilson who pretty much shit the bed in 1994 and that stain still hasn’t come out.
Kashkari also “gave a less-than-conservative answer” about Obamacare, saying he would “fix” the program that Californian’s are kind of loving … so no points were probably given.
Despite all that, Pollak gives Kashkari a fighting chance:
Kashkari indeed looked polished–not slick, but sincere. Brown, by contrast, looked annoyed and rattled, shrill and frustrated–not like a confident leader enjoying a 16-point cushion in the polls, but like a nervous incumbent facing a close contest.
After Thursday, that might be a bit more likely.
Kashkari did not force Brown to commit any major errors, as he might have hoped. But he gave the state’s electorate a serious alternative.
No. No he didn’t. Although Neel Kashkari thinks Neel Kashkari did pretty darn well:
— Neel Kashkari (@neelkashkari) September 5, 2014
The fact of the matter is, Kashkaris just stopped a lot of punches with his face. Not that it would make any difference anyway since the California Republican party is for all intents and purposes dead and the recent candidates for major state-wide offices have not come from a deep bench of homegrown up-and-comers, but instead well-heeled business people with the hubris to think they can waltz on in and buy the seat with a resume of plundering companies, massive layoffs, and some Wall Street cash.
That’ll just land you a job at printer cartridge manufacturer HP where they appreciate that kind of thinking.
But bless your heart, Neel Kashkari, you tried. Now here’s your participation ribbon. Obscurity awaits…