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California Republicans and the Florida Model ^ | 8/27/09 | Tom Del Beccaro

Posted on 08/27/2009 3:08:30 PM PDT by usflagwaver

With each passing week, the political headlines make it clear that the luster is falling off the Democrat brand quickly. Whether its Obama’s falling polls, falling numbers for his health care initiative or growing disenchantment with the Pelosi/Reid leadership, the trend is unmistakable. To make matters worse for Democrats, that trend is likely to continue in the year to come.

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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: california; florida; model; republicans

1 posted on 08/27/2009 3:08:31 PM PDT by usflagwaver
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2 posted on 08/27/2009 6:21:32 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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I am familiar with the Florida Republican victory model. It took a generation to develop enough strength to be competitive with the Democrats. The Florida GOP's eventual dominance was due to a politically experienced Chairman (Tom Slade), a professional and talented party staff, heavy fund raising, and a strong conservative message. Minority outreach was NOT the basis for Florida Republican victories except in the qualified sense that the party embraced conservative Cuban voters.

Cubans are a special case and mostly regard themselves not as a minority but as a people in exile with traditional values that consistent with the Republican party. The core of the Cuban exile community came from the politically conservative upper and middle classes in Cuba, with a strong work ethic, an inclination toward business and the professions, resolutely anti-communist views, and a recognition that the Democrats were soft on communism and friendly toward Fidel.

The California GOP must do minority outreach, but any gains will be marginal because the settled political views and loyalties of most minority groups in California are anchored to the Left and to the Democratic party. The California GOP needs strong fund raising and a capable political staff, with a politically nimble and expansive conservative message that attacks the Democrats for their manifest failure to govern California well.

Even then progress will be difficult for the California GOP due to the massive influx of poor Hispanic immigrants inclined toward the Left.

3 posted on 08/27/2009 7:16:51 PM PDT by Rockingham
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