Ben Goldberg: Connoisseur Of Lost Causes With The Latest Being Campaigning For Larry Elder To Replace Gavin Newsom As The New California Governor
Mr. Krikorian, an award winning journalist and author of two books, earned multiple awards in his 22 years of writing for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and 22 years for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He is happily retired.
Mr. Krikorian, an award winning journalist and author of two books, earned multiple awards in his 22 years of writing for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and 22 years for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He is happily retired.
|(Sept. 11, 2021, 4:55 p.m.) -- I long have referred to Ben Goldberg as the Connoisseur of Lost Causes, a gentleman who passionately embraces longshot propositions, who blithely ignores the mockery accompanying his political fantasies, who refuses to accept the reality of the powerful forces of the mainstream media and academicians and labor unions and the Hollywood cultural elites and the Silicon Valley Internet entities aligned solidly against him and his positions.
To show you the extent of Mr. Goldberg's delusions, he was a mere 26 when he decided actually to be a participant in a 1996 Long Beach election, running to become a City Councilman in the Third District.
``I didn't do badly. . .finished fourth with 800 votes behind the likes of the winner, Frank Colonna, and Henry Meyer of Hamburger Henry's fame,'' he says, quite proudly.
And, across the years, he has been a chairperson of a group known as the Long Beach Area Republicans, which ranks right there with being the Grand Exulted leader of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, or at least Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias.
I mean, in a city in which eight of its nine Councilmen are registered Democrats as are a majority of those voting in its precincts, as is the Mayor and almost every person linked to City Hall, the Republican Party in this metropolis has become about as obscure as, well, my all-time favorite fraternal group, the National Haymakers Association, which featured such officers as the Collector of Straws (secretary) and Guards of the Barn Door and Hayloft.
Oh, Mr. Goldberg has had his festive moments, like the shocking 2016 Presidential Election in which he perhaps was the only human being in LB who thought a hedonistic realtor/TV showman named Donald Trump would emerge victorious.
``I collected a few shekels from a few winning bets,'' understates Mr. Goldberg, who in real life is a bigwig stock broker for RBC Wealth Management and thus maintains he adheres strictly to IRS codes.
Of course, Mr. Goldberg was brimming with confidence about Mr. Trump's re-election four years later, which didn't happen and which he offers an explanation that has been rebuked by every judicial outlet in the country.
``Donald Trump lost because of illegal voting shenanigans in three states---Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia, and probably also in Michigan and Wisconsin,'' he claims, despite evidence to the contrary.
And now in recent months Mr. Goldberg has taken on still another challenge in which he once again is going up against his usual antagonists but on a slightly loftier level.
This time Mr. Goldberg is squaring off against the entire Democratic Party including the likes of former president Barack Obama and the current president, Joe Biden, and the vice president, Kamala Harris, the latter two scheduled to speak Monday in LB. He has been exhaustiely campaigning for one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates, Larry Elder, and recalling the California governor Gavin Newsom.
Naturally, the polls indicate Mr. Newsom will not suffer the ignominious fate that one of his Democratic predecessors, Gray Davis, endured in 2003, but Mr. Goldberg, predictably, doesn't put credence in them.
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``The polls said Donald Trump would lose to Hilary Clinton in 2016---and they were embarrassingly wrong and I think that will be the case again in this California recall election,'' he says. ``Californians deserve Larry Elder, a self-made man from South Central Los Angeles who attended Crenshaw High and Brown University and became an attorney and then became a popular, nationally known political radio talk show host.
``They no longer deserve Gavin Newsom, who has bankrupted more businesses in this state with his totally imbecilic lockdowns than any governor in its history, whose economic and immigration and homeless and environmental policies have inspired the exodus of hundreds of thousands of people from California in recent years. He has been a total political shill for all the labor unions, who has blown billions on the construction of a super train to no where, who has catered shamelessly to immigrants who are here illegally living quite comfortably in sanctuary cities and who has gouged so many honest California taxpayers out of their hard-earned money by burdening us with excessive gas and retail taxes.''
Ben Goldberg met Larry Elder six years ago and wound up enlisting him to speak three times at the annual LB Republicans barbecue get-together---twice at the El Dorado Golf Club and once at The Grand---and became a close friend of his during this span.
He recently coordinated and gave a moving speech at a fund-raising event in behalf of Larry Elder at the Bixby Knolls residence of a wealthy Republican booster that enhanced Mr. Elder's meager coffers---the Democrats have stuffed theirs with the usual George Soros/Silicon Valley multi-million dollar donations---by a $100,000.
``Larry Elder is a real person, a high-principled person who scares the daylights out of the Democratic Party,'' says Mr. Goldberg. ``Why do you think Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are coming into Long Beach to campaign for Newsom and against him? They realize it would be the shot heard around the world if Newsom is kicked out and Elder gets the most Republican votes and becomes the new California governor. It would be great if it happens.''
It's doubtful such a stunning upset will transpire, and it's more likely Ben Goldberg will hear the usual ridicule from his critics around town.
``Some people insist you are a right-wind wacko?'' I said to Mr. Goldberg, a 51-year-old, 1987 Wilson High graduate who attended Long Beach City College and then for a time turned to selling shoes which he became so prolific at that he soon was promoted to being the Southern California district manager of Kinney Shoes and later also peddled footwear at Athlete's Foot in Santa Monica.
``I always consider the source of my critics and know it's coming from a far left perspective,'' he responded. ``I'm a Ronald Reagan Republican. I'm really a moderate. It's sad but true that anyone who isn't left today---pro anarchy, pro de-funding the police, pro socialism---is considered an extreme right winger. I'm pro police, pro law and order, pro low taxes, pro USA. I guess that makes me a wacko right winger, right?''
Still, Ben Goldberg has inspired his share of detractors across the years.
When I once did a column on his son, Josh Goldberg, then a baseball star at Wilson High who would go on to play the sport at San Jose State, the Bruins' baseball coach Andy Hall, had this to say to me about Josh's father, ``Ben's pissed off a lot of people around here.''
To which Mr. Goldberg responded, ``I wasn't going to let the politics of the entrenched Wilson High baseball community get in the way of my son's baseball career. I now consider myself a friend of Andy Hall.''
And there are other Ben Goldberg detractors who claim Mr. Goldberg has never publicly and loudly slammed the Long Beach politicians whom he constantly berates.
``I've always called out their actions when I disagree with their votes,'' he insists. ``I don't need to verbally abuse them publicly. For instance, I have a lot of Republican friends who like Suzie Price (3rd District Councilwoman). I'm not going to say hateful things about her just to please my critics. She knows where I stand on issues.''
Everyone who knows Ben Goldberg knows where he stands on issues and also knows so much of what he espouses is on the wrong side of the current trends that figure to spare Gavin Newsom and despair Mr. Goldberg and add to his growing list of lost causes.
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