The first stop was the first of the aforementioned candidates’ parties. Harmeet Dhillon is now almost a household name in these parts. On the face of it, she was an early Christmas present for a GOP trying to start a new chapter: an ethnic, female attorney who has worked with the ACLU and is from SAN FRANCISCO! And yet the inevitable autoimmune reaction from the Republicans was almost immediate. She came under fire for being too Bay Area, too liberal and too Muslim. Even though she is a Sikh, not a Muslim.
The next act, however, was not inevitable, nor expected: the local Republicans came down on the nutty trash-talkers like a ton of bricks, to the point where State Representative Darryl Issa stopped his speech that day to point her out and rip them a new one… again. It was a public flogging that is not often seen. Remember, during the presidential election we had to endure the multiple “when rape isn’t rape” nonsense from the GOP. Not once did the party yank the leash, so this reaction was a nice departure.