For the last decade Idaho Republicans have contrasted their fiscal austerity to California’s chaos.
They and Republicans nationwide have suggested California, with the eighth largest economy in the world, was largely ungovernable. But the once and future governor, Jerry Brown, has led an amazing political turnaround Tuesday that changes the equation.
He got voters to pass an initiative to raise taxes. Democrats also won a super majority in the Legislature.
Interior westerners have often dismissed the coastal West as some other place they can ignore. Only when someone like Ronald Reagan emerges from California do they embrace it as a western state.
The Republican model of federalism, moving more power to the states for experimentation on governance, was forwarded with GOP gains nationwide for governors. But now California can continue its own form of experimentation on Democrat’s terms.