It was the best of cases, it was the worst of cases, it was the age of information, it was the age of foolishness. It was the season of light, it was the season of darkness.
Sure, Charles Dickens was referring to the pre-French Revolution France when he wrote “A Tale of Two Cities,” nevertheless the equivalent might presumably be acknowledged regarding the variations between Florida and California.
Especially in phrases of the darkness.
Florida and California are every huge states with any amount of pressing points — along with huge budgets, pure disasters and pension debt that may curl your hair.
In 2018, every state modified its termed-out governors with up to date faces and new agendas — Republican Ron DeSantis in Florida and Democrat Gavin Newsom in California.
Despite the reality that every freshman governors entered the office with wildly utterly completely different political philosophies and governing varieties, each youthful chief government-generated promise, and extreme expectations.
The outcomes, to date, couldn’t be further utterly completely different.
Just under 12 months into their phrases, DeSantis is utilizing extreme with a 62 p.c approval rating, whereas Newsom is languishing at 43 p.c.
DeSantis has gotten rave critiques for quickly implementing Florida’s medical marijuana authorized tips. In actuality, his approval rankings are practically as extreme as his constituents.
He moreover acquired extreme marks for guiding his state by the approach of Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm.
In an editorial, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel wrote, “On the job eight months, Gov. Ron DeSantis displayed the steady and reassuring leadership of a tested veteran in preparing Florida for Dorian.”
According to a Mason-Dixon survey, DeSantis has an 87 p.c approval rating amongst Republicans, 59 p.c amongst independents, and, get this, 41 p.c of Democrats.
In such a particularly polarized political native climate, these numbers are practically unheard of.
The solely points further modern than DeSantis in Florida now are shuffleboard and consuming dinner at 4:30 p.m.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s approval rankings, then once more, are evaporating like an ice cube in August.
According to the latest Public Policy Institute of California survey, 43 p.c of doable voters approve of Newsom’s administration, 44 p.c disapprove and the remaining 13 p.c presumably had their power shut off and had been unable to take the poll.
None of this should be stunning. Newsom’s responses to pure disasters have been nothing temporary of disastrous.
The sole issue I’ll give him credit score rating for is controlling his pure impulses when out-of-control wildfires swept all through the state remaining month.
As shortly as these fires broke out, I completely anticipated Newsom to declare California a smoke-free zone.
Newsom’s administration in California is so anemic, even his allies are getting fed up.
Recently, the San Jose Mercury News editorialized, “Another major fire. More massive outages. Gov. Newsom, this is now your crisis. Whether you like it or not, you own it …OK, governor, this is now your crisis. Fix it.”
Good luck with that.
It should be well-known that the Mercury News endorsed Newsom in every the primary and customary elections in 2018.
Despite PG&E’s many failings, the company remained in such good standing with Gov. Newsom that he took $208,400 in contributions from it after its felony conviction.
And shock, shock, nothing has been carried out to cease its mass-energy outages or stress it to modify its faulty electrical gear in any vital method.
Despite all of this, Newsom and his political allies nonetheless suppose he’s the huge state governor with the best shot of transferring to the White House sooner or later, not DeSantis.
In response to that fantasy, I consider I can safely converse on behalf of electrical purchasers up and down the state of California by saying: “Over my dead body!”