Inquiring minds are gazing upon the political monopoly in The (Formerly) Golden State. In “Can California GOP Get Its Mojo Back?“, CalWatchdog.com’s premier writer, John Seiler, takes aim at California’s political scene:
The Nov. 2 election was almost a total wipe-out for California Republicans. They even lost the 28th state Senate District to incumbent Jenny Oropeza, who died two weeks earlier.
At the state level, they were smashed in every race except attorney general. Republican Steve Cooley barely leads as counting goes on. Yet he should have easily beaten opponent Kamala Harris, the far-left Democratic district attorney from San Francisco who opposes the popular death penalty.
Is there any hope for this party regaining its running legs? Or should it be led to the elephant graveyard like in one of those old Tarzan movies?
“They have nowhere to go but up,” Jack Pitney told me; he’s Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics at Claremont McKenna College…
The issues go back decades:
“I don’t think he [Schwarzenegger] really hurt the party that badly,” Pace told me. “Most don’t think he is really a Republican. I have called him a ‘European Republican.’ Not to be too cute, but I think that says it all. He is an economic moderate/conservative without any religious upbringing or belief. He seems to be completely secular. Personally, I think he will be a footnote in history.
“The real damage was done by Pete Wilson,” Republican governor from 1991 to 1998. “He was against Proposition 187,” which cut off funding for illegal immigrants, “until he figured he needed it to gain votes. He wanted to win, flip-flopped on the issue, and rode it to a true pyrrhic victory. The people I knew told me at the time that this was going to ruin the Republican party for years.”
Where do the Republicans go from here:
After Tuesday’s wipe-out, does the Republican Party have a future in California?
“The California Republican Party leadership should all tender their resignations effective immediately,” Bartlett told me. “If Republicans can’t win any statewide offices in a year where we had a lot of electoral factors in our favor, I’m not optimistic about the party’s future going forward in California.”
“Yes, it does have a future,” Pace told me, being more optimistic. “If the leaders start listening to people who are good at their job, have produced results, and have good ideas. Instead, they remind me of the Scottish House of Lords in ‘Braveheart.’ They worry more about gaining power in the party than they do gaining the power of California. They actually think that, ‘If I can just play enough games to get ahead in the California Republican Party, then afterward I can take over the world.
“They need to take the message to the Hispanic community, to all minority communities. Basically every small businessperson should be a Republican. Every churchgoer pretty much should be a Republican. I am sure the party will say they have taken the message to these communities. But all you have to do is look around and see that isn’t true.”
Please read the entire article. It is a very informative piece on the state of California’s GOP.
On a final note, the voters of California did (most likely out of sheer luck) passed Prop 20 which puts political re-districting into a non-partisan committee. This couldn’t come at a better time for Republicans when you consider that the state will have to come to financial ruin by the next election cycle. The Democrats will be hard pressed to find a way to make that stick to Elephants since they have pretty much been rare to extinct in Sacramento for decades.
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