So a big story happening in the United States right now not receiving the attention it deserves is the recall election of California governor Gavin Newsom. It's very difficult to have a true sense of how things are playing out on the ground. California is a blue state, and there is a vocal Republican minority that struggles to accept that. It is clear that he has run the state into the ground, in particular because of ruinous lockdowns that destroyed the economy, closed schools, and failed to protect public health. The recall itself could not have achieved enough signatures to proceed without support from Democrats, progressives, and people on the left who were disssatisfied with Newsom.
So how will this thing go? Current polling suggests most people don't support recall. The other complication is that yes, people are leaving California, but it stands to reason that those who leave would be precisely those who would vote for the recall.
Caitlyn Jenner is running for the Republicans. This is very interesting. Could Jenner be the first transgender govenor in the United States? It's usually Democrats who champion LGBQT issues, how would Jenner's election as a Republican affect that dynamic. Jenner would still face a Democratic Senate and state house. Would she be able to govern effectively, or would she face obstructionism? If successful this year, could she be re-elected next year and would her coat-tails help elect more Republicans to the state house and senate?
I don't know how I feel about this, but if she's the one who can dismantle the Democratic power structure in that state, then that is enough for me.