From its very founding, California has been a land of reinvention. The creed is practically written in the state Constitution: If you don’t like who you are, or your place in life, start over.
Gold was the first lure. Since then, countless have sought fame. Others, acceptance.
Tom Steyer has no end of wealth, a measure of fame and a seeming appetite for political office.
That requires his own bit of reinvention.
The state has a long history of rejecting wealthy political climbers, from shipping magnate William Matson Roth in the 1970s to tech mogul Meg Whitman in 2010.
Over the last several years, Steyer has underwritten his own transformation, from hedge...