The blogs and newspapers are buzzing over the hiring-then-firing-then-hiring of Erwin Chemerinsky as the dean of UCIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new law school.
I really think that the story has been written, and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to waste any space on this blog writing about something you can see everywhere else.Ã‚Â But I do want to point out something that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to call The Chemerinsky Effect.
Stories like ChemerinskyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hiring-then-firing-then-hiring create a climate here in Orange County where liberals are afraid of coming out and telling people their beliefs.Ã‚Â The effect of the Chemerinsky debacle is damaging to local liberals.
There are 2 elected officials in Orange County that have asked me not to mention on this blog that they are registered Democrats.Ã‚Â They both hold non-partisan seats, and they both fear that their beliefs could harm their chances of reelection.
While I respect their wishes, my opinion is that they are both cowards.Ã‚Â They both are wonderful civil servants that have done great things for the communities that they work for, yet they fear that getting labeled a Ã¢â‚¬Å“democratÃ¢â‚¬Â or a Ã¢â‚¬Å“liberalÃ¢â‚¬Â would be harmful for their careers.
Democrats (elected and non-elected) should stop worrying about their careers, or what their conservative peers, constituents, and friends think of them.Ã‚Â If our party plans on taking over Orange County weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to be loud, forceful, and united.
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let the Chemerinsky effect get to you.