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California Republicans resign themselves to irrelevancy in the GOP presidential race
Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/9/12 | David Siders and Torey Van Oot

Posted on 01/09/2012 2:49:57 PM PST by SmithL

Jeff Miller, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign chairman in California, was in Iowa with a handful of California lawmakers for last week's caucuses. He may find himself in South Carolina when the race arrives there later this month.

He isn't missing much back home.

"That June primary," Miller said, "might as well be 100 years away."

It sure feels like it.

While the Republican presidential campaigns fast-forward to New Hampshire on Tuesday and South Carolina on Jan. 21, hardly anyone in California is off the couch. Republicans here know the race may be over before they vote on June 5.

"Sadly, we are irrelevant," said Celeste Greig, president of the conservative California Republican Assembly. "Come June, there will be a nominee. We will not have been at the table."

Perry, who finished a distant fifth in Iowa, and Mitt Romney, who won, have relatively robust fundraising operations in California, and Newt Gingrich last month announced his selection of a state finance chairman here. Like President Barack Obama, the Republican candidates have raised millions of dollars in this donor-rich state.

But good luck finding a yard sign.

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TOPICS: California; Parties
KEYWORDS: cagop; election2101; primaries; supertuesday

1 posted on 01/09/2012 2:50:08 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

The ineligible, lying, backstabbing RINO:
As far as WE are concerned, all you conservatives are irrelevant. ”

2 posted on 01/09/2012 2:55:00 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: SmithL

The leftists and the RINOs are trying to declare Mitt the winner now before the real voting starts.

CA is going to put the eventual nominee over the top and it won’t be Willard.

3 posted on 01/09/2012 2:58:12 PM PST by rogue yam
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4 posted on 01/09/2012 3:11:42 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: SmithL

There is no good reason for the race to be over after the first few states. Somehow it seems to have become the custom, I imagine because the media want to start bashing the Republican as soon as possible. They will run constant slanted polls to create public opinion and write hundreds of articles citing the polls. The Republican Party elites want all campaign contributions going into one pot, not four or five, so the sooner the get it down to one the better for them.

I think that is a mistake. The vast majority of delegates are still in play at that early date and things can change on a dime. My favorites are Perry, Gingrich and Santorum and I hope they fight it out until the convention decides. I prefer the old smoky back room politics to the crooked politics of media poll manipulation and Democrat crossovers selecting our candidate.

5 posted on 01/09/2012 3:13:01 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: SmithL
We are not irrelevant!

If every California (and Massachusetts and New York) Republican voted Green Party then they would become and officially recognized party as far as the FEC was concerned.

They could get funding, and they could get air time at future debates, etc.

This would be a thorn in the side of the Democrat party. The candidates would have to tack further left than they wanted to in order not to lose the leftist vote.

Expecting unimaginative Republicans to think more than one step ahead is asking way too much, I know.

But one can always dream.

6 posted on 01/09/2012 3:24:43 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: rogue yam

Another FReeper (Pan Yan I think) had an idea for changing our primaries that has merit.

He suggested 5 ten state primary dates with regionally diverse states in each group on a rotating system.

It disgusts me that the media is happily declaring that the race will be over before February 1st when less than 1% of voters have voted.

7 posted on 01/09/2012 4:00:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
Expecting unimaginative Republicans to think more than one step ahead is asking way too much, I know.

Expecting the gop establishment to think at all is asking too much. If these people are content to lay on the couch till June no wonder they are irrelevant. Disgraceful attitude. They could have a solid six months of party building if they just got off their asses.

8 posted on 01/09/2012 4:20:31 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
My response was actually as stupid as the Republican "leadership" in California.

My comment makes sense with regard to the general election, but the article was referring to the primaries.

The Republicans are going to have to come out if there are propositions to vote against, and they probably will.

The Republican Party could use the propositions, if not the presidential candidates, to build party strength.

But they probably won't.

9 posted on 01/09/2012 4:57:51 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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