The Steeles and the Rebanes were among those invited to the state capitol today to witness the swearing in of the senators newly elected to the California Legislature. We bundled into Jo Ann’s van and drove through a clearing rain that turned into a beautiful day as we arrived in Sacramento. We went up to the senator-elect’s office in the Capitol building and met the other invitees from the Fourth Senate district that Doug LaMalfa will now represent.
After enjoying coffee and puu-puus with the other guests, conversations with other conservatives and the senator-elect, we watched the proceedings on the closed circuit monitors in the LaMalfa office suite. Everyone stood for the singing of the national anthem, the flag salute, and the procession of the colors.
When we departed in the early afternoon, it was from the offices of Senator LaMalfa. May he have the good health and courage to persist as he charges into what promises to be a maelstrom of ongoing liberal lunacy in the coming legislative session during which so much of the state’s precarious future will be decided. (Also see Russ's NCMW.)
(P.S. Before we walked out of the Capitol, we went to the rotunda and into the staircase where the portraits of California’s recent governors grace the walls. All the portraits of the governors are rendered tastefully showing them as statesmen and political leaders standing in front of appropriate backgrounds. Then there is the one of our governor-elect and former Governor Jerry Brown. It is glaringly unique and something to behold – behold it yourself below. The expression reminds me of one suffering from consternation and puzzlement. It sums up well his past administration and, I’m afraid, is the visage he again brings to our chief executive’s office.)