Flash Report publisher Jon Fleischman is the subject of a page one story in today’s LA Times. And while I wished writer James Rainey took it a bit further, readers of this blog won’t be surprised by anything Fleischman had to say.
Notably, Fleischman says he’s “fair and biased.” We disagree on the “fair part.” Additionally, Fleischman told the Times (and to me in the Green Room at Rick Reiff’s KOCE studio) that he abhors moderates in the Republican party, preferring to believe a hard right turn is the way all Californians should go. Lotsa luck there Jon. Republicans make up just under three of every 10 voters. Then, you need to drill down to those who are moderate, Libertarian and full on conservative. Calfiornia isn’t Mississippi when it comes to conservatism.
In our recent appearance on KOCE together, I had to correct a Fleischman claim that TARP was a program begin by President Obama. Fleischman was also unaware that Americans pay a lower percentage of taxes today as a part of their incomes than they did during the 1950s (its a documented fact) and that the effectiev corporate tax rate is basically 12 percent, the lowest its been in 40 years. But as far as Jon’s concerned, keep taking a meat clever to taxes is the only way to go.
Oh way, and he compares himself to a woman and a monkey; from the story:
“I’m not only Jane Goodall, who’s looking at the monkeys, I actually am one of the monkeys,” Fleischman said in an interview at his Newport Beach office. “The monkeys will talk to another monkey before they will talk to a reporter.”
Are baboons apes or monkeys?
other juciy bits of the story:
Fleischman, 44, rejects the idea that moderation would spark a GOP resurgence.
“The minority party is not going to be able to become a majority party if it doesn’t offer a clear, distinct, different point of view,” he said. “I wanted and still want to play a role in stemming the growth of government in our lives. It’s motivated me every day.”
“There is nothing moderate about me, not my temperament, not my ideology,” Fleischman said in his wood-paneled office, where he fights writer’s block by playing on his Xbox or taking a quick sample from his wine collection.
Susan Kennedy, a former chief of staff for Schwarzenegger and a Democrat, said Fleischman “has made a business out of ideological purity,” adding: “There is no value proposition in his business model to being reasonable.”
And because of the inability of people like Jon Fleischman to allow elected Republicans to compromise, the GOP will continue to lose voters and influence in this state. Just remember, when Jon starts to complain about six figure public pensions, you remind him of Mike Carona (the convicted felon and disgraced ex-sheriff Mike Carona) and his three hots and a cot in the federal pen.