Blue state Democrats see in President Donald Trump a glowing opportunity to raise their political profiles and shoot for the stars. Quite apart from the fundraising possibilities, these Democrats see a chance to get on the TV talk shows, do the talking circuits, and position themselves for a run at higher office. Trump’s celebrity and the inordinate general interest in his daily drama has inadvertently given his political enemies the much-craved spotlight, and they are eager to make the most of it. Maybe that would be all fine and well, but we have to wonder how much patience their local constituencies are going to have with all of this preening and posturing. How much taxpayer money are they willing to spend so that their various representatives can make a name for themselves?

We’re particularly interested in seeing just how far off the platform of sanity California voters are willing to let their governor leap. We have a feeling the answer is, “pretty far,” but this is a situation that bears watching. Jerry Brown and company are among the nation’s worst offenders when it comes to exploiting Trump’s popularity, and they are without a doubt THE worst offenders when it comes to using California’s financial power to wage war on the administration. You’d think they’d have better things to do, but…apparently not.

In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, Gov. Brown said that California would file a lawsuit against the Trump administration for their actions on climate change.

“First of all we can go to court and block his efforts and we are doing that. Just like the Republicans tried to block Obama’s efforts,” he said.

Brown is referring to the EPA’s decision to drop the Obama-enacted Clean Power Plan – a big government scheme that had already been put on ice by the courts. That plan was the target of multiple lawsuits from 28 different states – not because these governors and attorneys general wanted to make a name for themselves, but because the CPP would have surrendered state sovereignty to the federal government and had a deep, long-lasting financial impact on their respective economies. There are times when it is entirely appropriate for a state to flex its legal muscles against the federal government.

And then there are times like these, when it is quite obviously just for show.