California Lt. Governor Calls for Defiance of Supreme Court Decision

The question occasionally arises as to how I and my fellow California denizens whose work populates these pages manage to stay in the rather tarnished Golden State. The answer is twofold. One, this is our home; a place worth fighting for despite the seemingly ever-increasing odds. Two, no place else on earth save Washington DC provides such a consistently rich supply of ready-made material for analysis and discussion. Hollywood may be the world’s entertainment capital, but it takes little effort to reveal multiple locations for the stuff in steady streams.


The latest laugh riot comes from California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis — yes, she is a Democrat — coming out with this amazing comedy routine that, even by the network on which it aired standards, namely MSNBC, was a tad over the top. From Breitbart:

On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Katy Tur Reports,” California Lt. Gov. (D) Eleni Kounalakis (D) said that people should “be prepared to live in defiance of these six people who think that they have the right to tell you what you can do with their body.” And the court is “undermining their legitimacy.” Because it isn’t “legitimate for them to take that right away from us. They cannot tell millions of American women what to do with their bodies.”

So … making abortion a state-level issue is telling women what to do with their bodies. Ohhhhhkay then. One could argue this stunningly sidesteps the whole matter of what rights an unborn child has regarding not being chopped alive into pieces, but that is a debate for another time.

What stands out even above Kounalakis’ open advocation of defying the law, which as a Democrat in California she is well-versed, as anyone who’s taken a gander at the southern border can testify, is her odd dismissal of Supreme Court justice Clarance Thomas. Is it racist? Not really, but it is interesting.

“Who is Clarence Thomas? Is he my Saudi Arabian father who’s going to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body, with my life? That’s what this is coming down to,” Kounalakis said.

Imagine if you will a Republican lieutenant governor making this comment, substituting Sonia Sotomayor for Thomas and Mexican mother for Saudi Arabian father. The media meltdown would be immediate and omnipresent. Yet Kounalakis can demean a minority — two, actually, in the derogatory reference to a presumably conservative practicing Muslim father with the Saudi Arabian reference — and get zero pushback? It must be nice.


To her credit, MSNBC’s Katy Tur offered at least some minimal pushback to Kounalakis’ defiance call.

Later, Tur asked, “I understand where you’re coming from, where you believe you’re coming from. But in telling people to defy the Supreme Court, are you not worried about what message that sends for anything else the Supreme Court might rule on that you might agree with and others might not agree with?”

Kounalakis responded with more drivel and dribble about women’s God-given rights regarding their bodies, thus revealing she has no clue about what God Himself has said regarding the matter.

Ah, California. It’s never dull around here.



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