California can't have nice things. This is why: In last night's low turnout election, former State Senator Leland Yee received (as of early this morning) 287,000 votes for Secretary of State.
Leland Yee? Does that name vaguely ring a bell? State Senator from San Francisco? Ran for mayor once? Loves shark fin soup? Anything? You know, the guy who was caught on tape promising to set up an arms deal between Muslim terrorists in the Philippines and an FBI agent posing as a member of the mafia? The one who is now awaiting trial on multiple felony counts? The one who already withdrew from the race?
Yeah. We see that you're remembering now. That Leland Yee. That guy.
He finished third and won't be moving on to the November ballot. But Yee still pulled in vote totals well ahead of other candidates, including two good-government reformers: the former head of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission Dan Schnur and the former head of Common Cause Derek Cressman. Yes, Leland Yee came in ahead of both of those guy.
What's to explain the outcome? Did Yee pick up votes on pure name recognition—without voters remembering why they knew the name? Did they just check the first name on the ballot (he was, most mysteriously, on the top)? Did people pull the lever for him for the lulz? There can't possibly be almost 300,000 Shrimp Boy Truthers out there who still think he's fit for office, can there?
Whatever the answer is, we'd love to hear from those Yee voters. Please write in to us. Not so we can quote you in a story. So we can find a way to prevent you from voting ever again.
Jesus, we need a drink.