Never change a losing strategy

The water strategy of Valley House Republicans — to exploit the drought to weaken environmental protectons and torpedo a river restoration settlement 18 years in the making — is so farfetched it can only be political. And only politically rational in the bubbles that are the Republican House and the south Valley.

Apparently, when their corporate Ag masters say jump, the south-Valley Republican politicians ask only how high. They don’t ask whether their legislation has any chance of being enacted. They know the answer to that one. They’ve tried revamping California’s entire water regime time and time again, but for some reason a small, far-right Republican minority of legislators workng on behalf of a minority of water interests in an overhwelmingly Democratic state in a country with a Democrat Senate just can’t seem to get ‘er done.

But that never stops a House Republican. They have voted to kill Obamacare so many times I have lost count.

A real-world solution is in the works. Having declared a drought emergency, Gov. Jerry Brown is working on expediting water transfers. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is also crafting legislation. Their work promises results because they balance the interests of stakeholders, thereby eliminating the sort of buzzsaw opposition House Republicans bring upon themselves by playing to win at the expense of other, equally legitimate interests, not to mention the environment.

Valley House Republicans have losing hand. But they never change their strategy. And the never will, given their parochialism, their fanatic ideology and the corporate Ag stake horses that keep funding their seat at the table.

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