This is not a trick question: If almost all of our county's supervisors have been conservative Republicans dating back to the Paleozoic Era, what difference does it make which conservative Republican fills any one of the five board slots?
For example, does anyone remember Jim Silva's performance as supervisor? He needed his staff to write his remarks on notecards so that he knew something to say at board meetings. I recall Silva, a protégé of goofy Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, reading his card to thank someone for brilliantly addressing the board. He then sat back in his plush leather chair with a satisfied smile and wondered why everyone was staring at him. The person he thanked hadn't spoken.
Spitzer, of all people, should appreciate this point. In his past life as a county supervisor before he won election to the state Assembly, he served with Silva on the board. Spitzer has not exactly shied away from dreaming of high public office–district attorney, attorney general, governor and, no kidding, president.
Not to be outdone, DeVore, also a former California assemblyman, enjoys challenging the communists in Beijing, likes talking about national economic policy and, in the last election, sought the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Senate Barbara Boxer.