LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2014— In California the candidacies easily getting the most press are those of Sandra Fluke and Marianne Williamson, running for Senate in District 26, and Congress in District 33, respectively. California’s primary elections will be held on June 3.
Most of the ballot is peppered with propositions, initiatives, and judicial seats needing to filled, while the rest is dedicated to State and County officials, congressional and senate seats.
Proof that money, good PR, and a patina of celebrity endorsements will get you everywhere in politics—especially in districts that are known for their support of progressive and liberal politics and causes.
Thirty-two-year-old Sandra Fluke gained national attention in 2012 when she testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on female students’ inability to receive free contraception at Georgetown, a Catholic university that, as far as one can tell, tries to adhere to Catholic teaching and doctrine.
Thanks to disparaging remarks by Rush Limbaugh and actress Patricia Heaton, Ms. Fluke received more prominence than she deserved, and has gone on to milk it for all it’s worth. After getting a sympathetic phone call from President Barack Obama, Ms. Fluke gained national sympathy and political credentials simply because she was called out for demanding the government fund her sex life.
Since then, she has given a speech at the 2012 Democrat National Convention, and jumped on anything that gives the credence of women’s advocacy: from Sheryl Sanberg’s “Ban Bossy” campaign, to speaking out against gender pay inequality. As far as her Twitter account and a web search could tell, she has not issued a statement on the firing of New York Times editor Jill Abramson—but give it time.
Ms. Fluke’s campaign website “Stand with Sandra dot org” is glossy and technologically savvy, wholly befitting a Millennials run for political office. Her biography is a glowing testament to her supposed advocacy: “[…] building coalitions, advocating for legislation, and securing the passage of bills that will change lives for the better. Now, Sandra wants to bring a fresh perspective and a new generation of leadership to the California State Senate. She has the legislative experience to hit the ground running but isn’t a career politician beholden to special interests.”
A bio full of all the buzzwords that make liberal hearts sing. However, two things stick out:
One, what in her short career reflects any actual legislative experience? I guess campaigning for President Obama’s re-election and fundraising for other Democrat candidates counts as legislative experience nowadays.
Second, “not a career politician beholden to special interest”? Since she has made her bones shilling for politicians and particular left-wing causes, this writer would beg to differ.
Ms. Fluke’s Twitter page is peppered with well-crafted tweets celebrating women’s health week, the academic career of her mother, thanking her 7th-grade teacher, and retweets from Nancy Pelosi and Democrat politicians and feminists. Well-honed, polished, soulless, and lacking in any heart or sincerity.
Here is what is frightening about a Sandra Fluke candidacy: she is a partisan hack who cares more about being in the limelight than she actually cares about the causes for which she supposedly champions. There is nothing serious about her save that she wishes to remain a mouth piece for the Democrat party. We have a president who burst upon the scene with little business, legislative, or practical experience, and our country—and the world—is suffering because of it. Ms. Fluke should not be allowed anywhere near public office; whether she does or not will be something for the voters of District 26 to decide.
New York Times-bestselling author and motivational speaker Marianne Williamson is running for Rep. Henry Waxman’s seat. She’s up against other female candidates, like the egregious Los Angeles mayoral contender Wendy Gruel, and thanks to all that book royalty and Course in Miracles money, she appears to be the frontrunner. Like District 26, District 33 is another bastion of limousine liberals and progressives, who are already captivated by Ms. Williamson’s combination of New Age mumbo jumbo combined with typical progressive pabulum.
Ms. Williamson is saying all the right things: railing against corporate overlords and domestic surveillance, advocating for preventing climate change and encouraging demilitarization. She compellingly wraps her agendas in spiritually attractive packages, alluding to the abolitionist movement and women’s suffrage to paint a picture of her form of spiritual activism and the moral imperativeness of her cause.
Ms. Williamson tries to frame herself as non-partisan, but her endorsements tell a different story. Well-known elected progressives like Fla. Rep. Allan Grayson and former Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich have video endorsements on her site. Entertainment and music industry heavyweights Alanis Morissette and Jane Lynch, both known for their endorsement of certain types of left-leaning candidates and causes, have campaigned for her.
Getting the picture? Despite running as an “Independent”, Ms. Williamson has said on her campaign announcement video that she has been a lifelong Democrat and will caucus with the Democrats; so how does aligning yourself with one party help to bring about “A New Conversation for a New America”?
There is real grassroots politics happening in America; the candidacies of Ben Sasse (Nebraska), Joni Ernst (Iowa), and Mia Love (Utah) prove this. Sad to say that we do not have much of this happening in California. These candidates from other states at least have some proven track record of either legislative achievement or business experience.
The same cannot be said of either Ms. Fluke or Ms. Williamson. With California hemorrhaging businesses and losing their middle-class tax base in droves, one would think citizens of the state would pause and look for candidates who actually have the background, experience, and fire in the belly to truly change the current state of affairs.
While playing popularity politics gets you a well-heeled audience, it does little for the average Joe who will be affected by your decisions—or lack thereof.
All politics is LOCAL. Who we allow into the ranks of the local system quickly move into national office. Despite some sound representatives from the Golden State, we have far too many who have little leadership or executive experience, and are simply lining their coffers and running personal agendas. Rep. Maxine Waters is but one example. A foundation of people management and personal integrity no longer seems to matter; if the candidate has a following that will launch him or her into office, that candidate enters the system, and continues to game it in their favor.
Both Sandra Fluke and Marianne Williamson are lacking in seriousness, legislative experience, and any proven track record of public service. The sad thing is, we have been electing these types of candidates for years, and the people of California continue to pay the consequences.