A victory for William Simon in the general election would be a stunning upset that would reverberate across the country and -- perhaps more important to California Republicans -- energize the grass roots and cause some big Republican donors to open up their checkbooks. That means that the party as a whole would rise from the ashes in California and have a future.
Even if William Simon fails to make it this time in his bid for the governorship, he gains name recognition and, if he gives a good account of himself in the election campaign and impresses people that he is genuine -- in an age of phonies -- not only he but the Republican Party as a whole can have a future in the state.
Even people who are not members of either the Democratic or Republican parties stand to gain if California becomes a two-party state again. One-party states tend to become as corrupt as they are complacent. In California, the Democrats have the further down side that they have become the party of irresponsible rhetoric and extremist policies.
Leftist policies that have been tried and failed around the world, and have then been abandoned even by socialists and Communists, are still politically correct in California. Big government is the answer to everything from housing to energy, according to much of the California Democratic party, though even left-wing governments in other countries have discovered the hard way that big government is often the problem, rather than the solution.
Even Californians with no vested interest in the Republican Party have a stake in keeping the Democrats from running amuck. A vote for William Simon can contribute to that goal.