Liberal Democratic Party benefactor George Soros loves to throw his billions around in an effort to “reform” the U.S. and Europe in his own globalist image, but his carefully-laid plans do not always bear fruit. And in a sign that some potent winds of conservative change could be blowing across the plains of California, his multimillion dollar campaign to bring change to the state’s justice system was rejected whole cloth by the voters in the Tuesday primaries.
Soros teamed up with other rich liberals to put millions behind district attorney candidates who believe in the kind of police reform and lower incarceration rates that the billionaire worked to implement federally during the Obama administration. Soros backed candidates who wanted to crack down on police misconduct, change the bail system to give low-income criminals a better chance of getting out, and reduce the number of convicts sentenced to hard time. But in a stunning example of the conservative streak that is making a comeback in the Golden State, Californians rejected these candidates in favor of those who still believe law and order is the name of the game.
Who woulda thunk it?
In Sacramento County, Soros-backed candidate Noah Phillips lost to incumbent District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, getting less than 65% of the vote on his way to a healthy defeat.
Speaking to supporters after the results were in, Schubert said, “This is a good day for the people. You can’t buy an election in the county of Sacramento. Here’s to four more years.”
Soros-backed DA candidates also lost in San Diego County and in Alameda County as voters reliably chose the candidates who promised to uphold the law and put criminals where they belong.
It’s easy to read too much into local elections (and hell, even larger state and national elections). If the wind had blown another way on Tuesday, who knows? Certainly one cannot discount the effect of pouring millions into an election, and one cannot pretend that California isn’t as liberal as you can get inside the continental United States. These things are unlikely to change anytime soon.
At the same time, though, there’s a sense that Californians in certain areas have had just about enough of the liberal stranglehold Democrats have had their state government in for years. The tipping point may well have been the immigration debate; several cities and counties have now joined the Trump administration in filing suit against the new “Sanctuary” laws that prohibit local officials from cooperating with ICE.
Are conservatives ready to make a comeback on the West Coast? That may be a hard claim to prove. But there’s no doubt that Democrats are beginning to overstep themselves…and that could bring change to California’s politics sooner than later.