I honestly can't remember the last time a truly 'small guy' won out here for a state office.
I will say, I had an acquaintance this year, a very liberal woman, who decided to go to the Alameda County Democratic Caucus to see about becoming a part of the process and to move the process to support local independent thinking. She was stunned and dejected to find that the entire process was controlled by one or two people, insiders and that they systematically cut out anyone who did not fall in line. She then checked into the County Republican Caucus and found it was exactly the same, and that the few power brokers were the same group of people.
When I laughed at her at the coffee shop, she got so angry she was spitting her words at me, I told her that a 50 year old woman should have known by now, the groups in charge all share one trait, they all love power.
the meat thermometer was so far past the top reading, it read Taylor
"perhaps...but then again...maybe not..."