Billionaire and green hypocrite Tom Steyer just announced he would not seek election to the U.S. Senate after California Senator Barbara Boxer retires, after publically flirting with the race for several weeks. Steyer’s main qualification for running for office was that he pumped millions into attack ads for Democrats during the 2014 election cycle, but with little success. Republicans took control of the U.S. and Washington State Senate despite his intervention.
President Obama’s former “climate czar” Carol Browner told Steyer following the election, “You made climate part of this election, and we thank you for that.”
So, his efforts did win him the approval of the far-left—approval, but not quite respect.
Certainly, the far-left approves of Steyer’s money and his willingness to give it to them through hidden methods. That approval just doesn’t translate to support of Steyer as a statewide candidate in California. Bloomberg,
“NextGen spent tens of millions of dollars against me,” said Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican freshman who won one of 2014’s closest races. “I hope Tom Steyer stops hiding behind his money and puts himself on the front line.”
Democrats didn’t. Progressive media welcomed the Steyer decision with something between queasiness and dread, like finding the right words to tell a child not to throw the ball near that sparking electrical fence. Even in a bad year, $57 million spread across the country helped a lot of Democrats. Fifty-seven million dollars in a safe blue state’s Senate race would have helped, at most, Tom Steyer.
The far-left quickly realized that the man who styled himself a modern-day Cincinnatus did not know his place as a political donor—and not a political candidate—in their grand scheme. So, they set about to give Steyer the message—edging him out in the nicest way possible.
Far-left darling and potential Democrat presidential nominee Elizabeth Warren pre-emptively endorsed Kamala Harris, California’s African-Asian-American attorney general. A mere eight days later, the Howard Dean-founded Democracy for America—which is coaxing Warren to run for president—“released a poll conducted with the California-based progressive Courage Campaign.” Though the poll was conducted using an unscientific method (asking members who’d clicked through online in the week after Harris’s announcement), it sent Steyer a clear message. Steyer, who received only 2.7% of the vote to Harris’ 64.5%, was not welcome.
Steyer got that message loud and clear, and cleared out of the race.
Eastside Sanity says
What a bunch of Num-Nuts!