“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

       — The Mad Hatter

That pretty much sums up the state of Anaheim politics for the last several months, as the disagreement over the GardenWalk vote earlier this year has grown into a huge, seemingly permanent rift between otherwise natural council allies — and primarily to the benefit of Nick Berardino and the AMEA/OCEA, who have happily fanned the flames and exploited the rift.

The fruit can be seen around an Anaheim in the form of these campaign signs:


Look closely at the disclaimer on the bottom of the sign: “Paid for by Committee to Support John Leos for Anaheim City Council 2012 sponsored by the Orange County Employees Association.”

Crazy. A sign advertising a conservative Republican mayor’s candidate slate — comprised of a government union activist and a former councilmember who flipped to embrace a liberal, union sponsored initiative in order to get the mayor’s endorsement — and paid for by the same government union that is simultaneously spending huge sums to defeat Prop. 32 (paycheck protection) and the conservative majority on the Costa Mesa City Council.

“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’

‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

                 – Alice in Wonderland