California has been following the Yellow Brick Road now for a long, long time. So long in fact, that many of its citizens are foot-sore, disillusioned, and very, very weary. Whatever the outcome in California’s gubernatorial race, it’s clearly apparent that for the ordinary John and Jane Q. Proprietor the quixotic liberal Land of Oz has ceased to offer any further fascinations. Their lament can be heard in all state-wide political polls as they cry out for Meg Whitman to click the heels of her sensible slippers and get them the hell out of Hippyville! And if Ms. Whitman has anything to say in the matter, it will indeed be California, here we come!
California’s business community has taken another big step back to the land of the living. It was announced today in the LA Times that the California Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Meg Whitman. And that endorsement has resulted in the resignations of two of its board members, the President of the University of California and the Chancellor of the California Community College system.
In a statement to the press, the UC President, Mark Yudof, proclaimed: As the president of a public university, I cannot take sides in electoral politics. I must preserve my politically agnostic status. His ‘politically agnostic’ status? The head of the UC higher re-education system is ‘politically agnostic’? Oh, it’s time to laugh aloud. But what the heck was Mr. Yudof doing on the board of the Chamber of Commerce to begin with? What would this bureaucrat of a bloated public institution know about running a for-profit business that doesn’t rely on grants, subsidies, student loans, and taxpayer’s hard-earned cash? It seems the business leadership out in LaLa land has been doing too much California dreamin.
But we live in hope that the general citizenry of California will prove a little more savvy. And the latest polls show that so far folks out West are leaning toward common sense: Meg Whitman is running ahead of Jerry Brown by 47% to 40%.
If the Republicans can crack that California nut, 2010 will indeed be an election year to remember.