How much did San Francisco voters want to oust the most obnoxious three members of the school board: Alison Collins, Gabriela López and Faauuga Moliga?
Initial returns Tuesday night showed that voters overwhelmingly voted “yes” to recall Alison Collins, Gabriela López and Faauuga Moliga, three of the board’s seven members — 79 percent voted to remove Collins, 75 percent to remove Lopez and 73 percent to remove Moliga. The early results were dramatic enough that backers quickly declared victory and Moliga acknowledged his apparent defeat.
Collins, who was already being ousted over racist comments about Asians, and is in the middle of a legal battle, is clearly really popular with voters.
A disproportionate swing like this happened because everyone was already sick of the super-woke board and establishment Democrats endorsed the recall.
As distance learning dragged on, school board members drew national ridicule as they moved to rename dozens of institutions, including Abraham Lincoln High School. A push to end merit-based admissions at the prestigious Lowell High School infuriated some parents and drew derisive national coverage; Collins raised the temperature further by suing the district for $87 million after she was penalized for an old tweet accusing Asian-Americans of “using white supremacist thinking to get ahead.”
Recall proponents, which included Breed and state Sen. Scott Wiener, wielded a significant financial advantage as a deep-pocketed tech executives, real estate interests and prominent charter school backer Arthur Rock channeled some $2 million toward the effort.
So what’s really going on here?
The Democrats got a Sister Souljah moment by purging the clearly incompetent and obnoxious board members while making it look like they weren’t part of the same problem. What exactly did the recalled members do that the entire party doesn’t? Rename schools because of whiteness, waste a lot of money, focus on wokeness over school functionality? These are literally the same things that the media has defended all over the country.
But Breed and local Dems sensed the backlash coming even before the Virginia election results arrived. And they’ve succeeded in distracting voters by giving them some well-deserving scapegoats. Is that going to fundamentally change anything? It might reduce the obnoxious virtue signaling a little bit and perhaps protect merit-based education to avoid the backlash from Asian voters. Buy beyond that, it’s all a distraction.