California has a perfectly acceptable alternative to Gavin Newsom in Michael Shellenberger. He won’t win, but he deserves to be heard.
This is not an endorsement. I need to issue the disclaimer at the outset because we’re not allowed to endorse candidates.
But I like Michael Shellenberger. I voted for him in California’s gubernatorial primary, which is officially Tuesday, though voting by mail has been underway for a month.
My “endorsement,” even if it meant anything, wouldn’t matter much anyway. He won’t win. Incumbent Governor Gavin Newsom is practically a mortal lock for reelection in November. Shellenberger probably won’t even take second place in our idiotic “jungle primary,” wherein the top two vote-getters go on to compete in the general election. When Shellenberger first ran for governor in 2018 on a pro-nuclear energy platform, he drew only 1 percent of the vote. A UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll last week found just 5 percent of likely voters say they support him this time around.
So, what is this longshot candidate’s appeal?
In an appearance Friday on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Shellenberger described himself as “a liberal in my compassion for the vulnerable . . . a libertarian in my passion for freedom, and . . . a conservative in that I believe you need civilization to protect both of them.”
“I think that’s great,” Maher replied. “I think it’s too complicated for the electorate, but I think that’s great. I want to see that on a hat!”
“A little bit longer than MAGA,” Shellenberger admitted.Perhaps Shellenberger isn’t quite as conservative as most American Greatness readers would like, though 10 percent of California Republicans surveyed said they plan to vote for him, and they tend to be more conservative than not.He isn’t much of a populist and he has practically no support among […]
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