What does it say about the San Joaquin Valley that it is one of the last redoubts statewide of the Republican Party?
The positive interpretation is that the Valley’s connection to the soil is part and parcel of a fundamental social sanity people instinctively want to conserve. Hence conservatism.
The negative interpretation is that the Valley is a time warp of white privilege, income inequality and anti-immigrant sentiment, all of which is popular with the Republican base.
The Fresno Bee has a story that the Valley is one of the last places in the state with meaningful two-party races. That’s a good thing. Jerry Brown could never reign in the free-spending left wing of his party without a few fiscal conservatives in the legislature.
The downside, in my view, is that the Republicans Party, which has forged too far to the right, will never reform, moderate and become more inclusive until it loses enough elections and purges or at least subordinates its Fox News/Tea wing. We see that happening in national races.
I hope we see it here. Birthers, Xenophobes, gun nuts, warmongers, climate change deniers, torture apologists and Ayn Rand groupies are a poor substitute for the old William F. Buckley type of intellectual conservatism.