California is going for broke, and the country’s most dysfunctional and badly governed state, enmeshed in debt and unable to manage its yearly budget, has voted to borrow billions of dollars it can’t afford to begin a train project that it may never be able to finish — and that it may not even need.A narrow majority of legislators swallowed their misgivings and gave Governor Jerry Brown the Pyrrhic victory he has fought so hard to get. Californians must now scrape together tens of billions of dollars more — and hope that the federal government, despite the huge fiscal problems descending on Washington, will pump tens of billions more into a rail line that most Americans will never ride.Large majorities of Californians tell pollsters that they don’t want this train; the cash strapped state meanwhile is slashing funding for schools, colleges, parks and other basic services. But California will now skip off to the bond markets to borrow money to stump up its share of the first phase of construction.We shall see. Governor Brown hopes the high speed line will be his legacy to the state; certainly, his historical reputation will largely depend on what happens to his pet train. Nothing else in California state government seems to be working very well; perhaps this complex and expensive project will be an exception.