Skip to comments.Is the GOP Dead in California?
Posted on 08/05/2009 4:22:57 PM PDT by Korah
Doctors pronounce death when their patient ceases brain activity and in that sense, I suppose we could say the GOP in California died years ago. But, in this bizarre world of politics technical death has a whole other half-life. We know dead people often vote and brain-dead legislators do too! No surprise there. And these brain dead politicians are frequently re-elected! We also know that dead beats live off your tax dollars. Yes, the dead are prolific partakers in California politics. If you consider these folks often join forces with those I call mouth-breathers, (they resemble the walking dead) then by their sheer force of numbers they control everything because the conservative is simply overwhelmed.
Die hard Republicans have been loath to admit this ugly truth. But, enough of you know their party is going the way of the Wooly Mammoth. Hey, maybe this should be the new symbol instead of the African elephant, it's certainly more appropriate given the times.
Polls show in the 1970's that fully 51% or more of all voters strongly opposed abortion, but by the early 2000's over 70% supported a mother's choice, as opposed to a right to life. There's that death thing again, which may explain in part why the right considers California a dying state. We certainly have our share of aborted babies.
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The GOP is dead nationally.
Dead?? Heck, brain dead and seriously decayed would be a more colorful description, IMHO.
Need to have all the Democrats challenged at all times and the sucky Republicans we don't like need to be challenged by Conservatives with talent in the primaries IMO.
In California, the GOP BP is 40 over 20 and will soon be in a hospice.
The GOP thought they could "reach out" to voters who hate them - but they hate the GOP anyway because those voters want "FREE STUFF!"
Good call, and I would agree with your analogy of what we need to do. I really liked the guys idea that the new mascot for the GOP should be the Wholly Mammoth.
The GOP should be the least of their concerns.
At least CA can still elect them. You want dead ? Try Massachusetts.
Regardless, the national GOP is once again missing out on a golden opportunity to illustrate the end results of runaway liberalism as demonstrated by California’s failure. The usual, gutless, ineffective, inane attempt to point out the obvious. So as usual, our side will have all the facts on our side, all the evidence on our side, but still continue to lose the issues because of gutlessness by our ‘leadership’.
Yep. I am a born and raised Californian. I've lived in the Central Valley and in the SF Bay Area. It irks me the crap I have to live through. As my profile states, my vote means squat, both in this state and nationally.
And before anyone suggests moving out of the state, why should I? Why should liberals have a monopoly on the wonderful weather we have in this state? I've been around the country enough on business and vacation to know that there are few places I would even consider moving to in comparison to California.
As soon as our daughter graduates from high school in two years, we will likely move to a more conservative area of the state. I can't believe how liberal Silicon Valley has become in the 27 years I have been here.
San Diego has 5 congressmen
3 are the best Conservative Republicans.
Rep. & Marine Capt. Duncan Hunter
California...esp So Cal, is a minority quasi underdeveloped country with a european business class. It is a ticking time bomb that is about to blow. The Hispanics have out birthed and immigrated the europeans and will soon dominate the entire state. They bring with them 3rd world socialist world views that will wreck the business class.
All of this is a foreshadowing of the USA at large.
Rep. & Marine Capt. Duncan Hunter Brian Bilbray Darrell Issa.
Interesting you should mention San Diego. We just returned from a week's vacation in San Diego, my first time there. We liked it a lot, and we did talk about possibly moving there in a few years. Housing there is cheaper (relatively) compared to where we live in the Bay Area, so making such a move would also be a good one financially.
Republican Party is dead in Maryland too. No consultation with voters, no leadership, no voice.
+1 I’m FIFTH Generation Californian. Should I abandon ship in a time of need? I don’t think so. That sounds more like Susan and Tim threatening to bolt to Canada before W was re-elected (as if!) I’d rather live in California - for all its flaws - than most anywhere else, not to mention I like my job. As Dorothy used to say, “there’s no place like home”
Is GOP dead in California? Well certainly the brand is tarnished. I don’t think anyone can disagree with that. It is the result of discarding the principles that got RR and Deukmejian elected, and later Newt’s takeover of Congress.
There is certainly room for a conservative alternative in California. The libs have made a mess of the state and their ultra-low approval ratings are a reflection. There is also reason to hope that a new non-partisan redistricting commission will form more competitive legislative districts following the next census (they can’t get much less competitive right now). And voters have slammed the door on libs most recent attempt to raise taxes (just 2 months ago!) The Guvernator has also developed some backbone...
So dead, well not yet. But it is a party that requires strong leadership and strong ideas. Saying “no” to tax hikes is a noble and wise position, but it doesn’t make for a compelling election platform. The GOP caucus would be wise to take a page from Newt’s playbook. The time is right.
You are well named. Your post is the gospel truth.
I wouldn’t worry about California—it’s nothing more than Banana Republic Norte.
Considering Relocating? Think about Colorado Springs
Outside Magazine just ranking Colorado Springs as the best place to live.
Outside Magazine lists as a drawback that it might be get this TOO CONSERVATIVE for some people.
As you know, Money Magazine consistently usually ranks it number 1 as well. http://www.ownyourownmountain.com/artman/publish/Gazette_Telegraph_Article.html
I f you or a CONSERVATIVE person is considering relocating, Id invite you to tell them about this family values oasis. Id personally suggest Northern Colorado Springs as being the best and the most conservative. And just to lay my cards on the table, I am not in the Real Estate business and make nothing off anyone moving here. I just know that Soros and others have dumped millions into Colorado and have succeeding in taking over the state government for the first time in decades recently.
The Springs loses out to Denver and Boulder in the state elections but it is still close enough to make a difference.
It’s not just the GOP; it’s conservatism. Here’s how dead it is: President Obama’s approval rating is still a sky-high 65%, unchanged since last month, according to SurveyUSA. That same pollster shows him below the red line in states he carried, such as Virginia, Wisconsin, etc.
Conversely, RINO businesswomen Meg Whitman and Carly Fiona may become Governor and Junior Senator of California in 2010.
Maybe, but Obama will resurrect conservatism (and has in many ways) by demonstrating his leftist, fascist, communist, tendancies with Health Care, CO2 tax, and a general inability to turn a sour economy around with: you guessed it, higher taxes.
CA is in trouble 'cause the Dems today are nothing like past Dems. Old dems built things (highways, water systems, educational facilities, etc.) today's dems write paychecks, give handouts, tax the crap out of any productive private sector enterprise, and build lavish retirements for themselves and their union buddies.
I can't think of any major project undertaken during the reign of the metro/collectivist-dem. Hell, they can't even deliver on Homo Marriage. What a bunch of incompetent fags.
If I were queer (and I'm not, thank you) I'd be so pissed I'd vote for a conservative- that way I still couldn't get 'married', but at least I'd have a job.
Maybe this sort of defection can occur on a larger scale than we may predict, but one things for certain- the path we're on won't get us where we should be as the richest state in the Union.
In fact, the path we've been taking all these 'liberal state government' years will very soon come crashing down on a lot of people for lack of 'vision' and 'principle'. Momma said there'd be days like this.
While housing is down a bit, this would be the time.
Housing in San Diego before the crunch was one of the highest in the U.S.
condos in my neighborhood now start around $500,000 a unit to $4 million a unit.
1 mile further to $12 million a unit.
In general in SD homes $300,000 to over 25 million.
SD has the largest number of defense contractors.
They are getting huge numbers in contracts weekly.
Lot of HiTech here, Major area for BioMed and research.
Telecommunications. Largest concentration of military
in the world.
Tourism and Conventions here bring in over $12 Billion a year.
Which did jack squat as far as Mexican immigration is concerned. Mexicans were not included under the "national origins quotas." The repeal of the 1965 laws was intended to benefit southern and eastern Europeans who were severley restricted under the 1924 laws. From 1965-late 1970s, most of the newcomers were from places like Greece and Portugal. Since the late 1970s, the biggest beneficiaries have been Chinese, Korean, Indian, Filipino, and various African countries.
The illegal Mexicans and Central Americans have swarmed in here due to lack of enforcement of immigration laws on our southern border. The 1965 law is irrelevant in that case.
San Diego city AND county also voted for Obama and are full of the smuggest people outside of San Francisco.
0 and not by much.
Then again, overwhelming pop. here are from other states.
Smug, hey no problem. Though a native here, my family goes back to the 1620s in your neigborhood when it was still New Amsterdam.
Excellent Post. Very well-put.
What!? California HAS a republican party?
The yuppie/hipster transplants have taken over much of New York (especially the portions of the outer boroughs closest to Manhattan and Manhattan itself). The city has, in many ways, become more "Americanized" over the past 15 years, but still has lousy politics.
Regarding demographics, indeed that is the bulk of the problem. More confounding, is the way Baby Bush flooded California with immigrants for 8 years. I can understand Clinton building his liberal base that way, but Baby Bush sold out the future of the Republican Party to provide a short term cheap labor pool for his buddies to get rich with. Thanks, Jorge Bush!
Democrat registration stands at 43% while Republican registration is 33%.
The democrats have 30% more voters right off the top than the Republicans do. I repeat! DEMOCRATS HAVE 4 VOTERS FOR EVERY 3 REPUBLICAN VOTERS.
The fix is in. It’s over. And the children are being brainwashed in schools to embrace homosexuality, accept abortion, and save the environment at all cost. Not exactly a prescription for future Republican registration.
We California Conservatives are doomed.
OK, there is one slim chance... If the coming Depression gets bad enough, it is not impossible that the Republicans could successfully reveal how the socialist Democrats bankrupted California. Somehow, I doubt that. Not only are they pissing up a rope with a media that is an arm of the DNC, but it would take guts, resolve and daring to make the argument. Our Republican wimps are not up to the task of hitting below the belt, so they’ll roll over and play dead again.
I go back to my initial conclusion. We are so screwed.