I personally don’t think the congessional lines made THAT much of a difference.
What is really killing the GOP in CA is party registration, down to 29% statewide, 16% in LA. Just barely ahead of Declined to State. If current trends continue by 2014 GOP will be third in the state behind the Dems and Declined to State. There are now only 15 GOP congressman left out 0f 53 in the state delegation. The Dems now have super majorities in both houses of the state legislature, they can now pass tax increases without having to go to ballot initiatives. The GOP in CA has effectively been driven out of all of the major metropolitan areas except for Orange County. What few congressmen and state legislators we have left are mostly found in the most rural and remote corners of the state. Three more GOP congressmen were defeated in the last election-—Mary Bono Mack, Dan Lungren, and Brian Bilbray. CA is now as solidly blue as one party states like MA, RI, CT, and VT.
Sorry, Reagan Country is a thing of the past. Too bad CA used to be such a great state with a strong vibrant economy. Now an economic basket case, third highest unemployment rate in the nation, cities left and right filing for bankruptcy. The state government drowning in an ocean of debt.
Not my state anymore (yes I still live here) not my country anymore.
I don't know the answer, but what the CA r party has been doing to date certainly is not it.
I must agree with those people who think that the California Republican Party is on the verge of extinction. The fact of party registration being down is, in part, of its own making. It was incapable of explaining its reason for being. It gave conservatives, or otherwise independent voters no reason to join it. It truly was a “Country Club.” And, that’s the way they wanted it!
So Mack in FL and Mack in CA go down; don’t guess they will need to file for unemployment. Can a congressman qualify for unemployment comp. if he is defeated?