HOTEL TWO CALIFORNIAS – It makes sense:
The ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ who led the campaign to break Britain away from the European Union have taken on a new exit challenge: splitting California into two states.
Former UKip leader Nigel Farage and Leave backer Arron Banks have just returned from the United States, where they helped raise $1million (£800,000) for a ‘Calexit’ campaign, which would split California into two eastern and western regions.
There are several ‘Calexit’ campaigns competing for a referendum in the United States, with one aiming to remove the state from America entirely as a response to President Donald Trump being elected last year.
Farage and Banks, who led the ‘Leave.EU’ campaign, appear to be pitting the eastern, more rural side of California against the western ‘coastal elite’ liberals in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
If broken apart, the eastern part of California would more likely vote Republican, giving the party two more senators and electoral college votes for a 2020 presidential election.
The Western side of the state would likely continue to vote Democrat in elections.
California already is two states of mind – what people commonly think of as “California” is a narrow coastal strip from the northern border to Los Angeles. The far less populous and influential but far larger part of the state resembles more the “fly-over country” in the way it lives, thinks and votes. Following the Trump win, many liberal Californians have started more or less seriously considering a secession. But if secession is good for thee, it’s also good for me.