Skip to comments.What Do the California GOP and the Alamo Share?
Posted on 05/11/2014 10:52:02 AM PDT by Kaslin
It tells you how completely California has become a one-party state that practically no one in Sacramento believes that a Republican can beat Gov. Jerry Brown in November. But GOP big shots think it is very important which Republican loses to Brown, 76, in November -- former Treasury official Neel Kashkari or Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.
Because Democrats can use the top of the GOP ticket to gin up anger and turn out liberal voters, the GOP consultant class has rallied round Kashkari. He has the endorsement of GOP heavyweights -- Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and former Gov. Pete Wilson, who was convinced that Meg Whitman would beat Brown in 2010.
In 2014, Kashkari does feel like Whitman, without her billions. (Like Brown, he's only a millionaire.) With no election experience, the former Goldman Sachs exec decided he wants to be governor of California, and it didn't befit him to run for a lower office first, so he hired a bunch of consultants to cobble together a message that catches on like an old match on a pile of wet leaves.
In his only TV spot, Kashkari chops wood as he tells voters: "Career politicians are clueless about earning a dollar. All they know is how to spend yours. I'm Neel Kashkari. I'm not a politician, so I actually understand hard work." My goodness, I groan, he's running for office; that makes him a politician -- who doesn't know he's a politician.
At least the spot included Kashkari's most catching sound bite, his vow to stop high-speed rail, aka Brown's "crazy train."
On the plus side, Kashkari is also Whitman without the angry fired illegal immigrant nanny. The son of Indian immigrants, he will be hard for Democrats to brand as a racist. He believes he can attract Latino and other minority voters.
Kashkari, 40, also believes that his support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage can draw some young voters to the Grand Old Party.
Yes, Kashkari is the guy who ran the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Yes, conservatives hate TARP. But Kashkari is convinced that once he explains that TARP spared the country from a depression and made money for taxpayers, he can win.
He doesn't understand that his biggest selling point isn't his success with TARP; it's Donnelly, who was put on probation for three years after he was charged with bringing a loaded gun into an airport in 2012.
If Kashkari is reminiscent of Whitman, Donnelly's bare-bones campaign resembles Brown's lean and idiosyncratic 2010 organization -- if organization is the word. Kashkari has the money, but Donnelly has the votes. Polls show him with a big-cigar lead for second place.
The problem is that Brown was a quotable liberal. Donnelly is a quotable conservative -- who is tone-deaf on race. For example, in 2006, as an unknown California Minuteman, Donnelly went to the border and declared: "I am a descendant of Jim Bowie, who died at the Alamo. It is rumored that he took a dozen Mexican soldiers to their deaths before they finally killed him. How many of you will rise up and take his place on that wall?"
Listen to the entire speech, Donnelly, 48, told me Thursday; he was taken out of context. Suddenly, the headline grabber is a babe in the partisan woods.
Or maybe he likes the attention so much that he doesn't care if it hurts his nonexistent chance of winning.
The Assembly passed a bill last week to prevent the state from selling Confederate flags. Donnelly was the lone Assembly member to vote against it. He told me he didn't think the bill was a trap.
Also last week, Donnelly posted a 2008 article that hit Kashkari for speaking at an event on finance and Shariah. Donnelly wrote of rumors that "Kashkari's support of Shariah" would be used as an "October surprise."
Team Kashkari fought back. Adviser Aaron McLear felt it necessary to note that Kashkari is "not a Muslim; he's a Hindu." McLear then wondered aloud whether Donnelly "thinks all brown people are the same."
McLear was convinced that the post was a lowball tactic, but I figured that it was an on-the-fly mistake. Until, that is, I talked to Donnelly messaging guy Art Haynie, who repeatedly assured me that Donnelly doesn't "support the discriminatory nature of Shariah." As for the Shariah post, it's just a link to an article, so there's no need to take it down.
Jon Fleischman, publisher of the uber-conservative FlashReport, said of Donnelly, "You always feel like he's one media interview away from a Todd Akin moment." (For those of you who have forgotten, Akin was the Senate candidate in Missouri who made the dubious distinction about "legitimate rape.") And: "I worry less about who's going to be more ideologically simpatico, because they're never going to get to govern. So suddenly, you worry about the effect on the rest of the ticket."
The Republican Party sees a shot at breaking the Democrats' chokehold on Sacramento. A recent Field Poll reported Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin leading in the controller's race and Pepperdine University's Pete Peterson leading in the secretary of state contest. Republicans also want to keep their few state Senate and Assembly seats.
If Donnelly wins a place in the runoff, Democratic operatives will have only one problem: deciding on a given day which of the assemblyman's many missteps to use to discredit the California GOP -- the Alamo, the Shariah hit on a Hindu, the gun bust or the Confederate flag.
“Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin leading in the controller’s race”
That’s got to be one for the books. A mayor called ‘swearingin’?
GOP “Heavy Weights”, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush????
These two candy-asses could not be considered to be “heavy weights” if they were dipped in lead!
In 2010, while the rest of the country saw many GOP victories in mid term Congressional elections, and governor’s races, California saw increased control by Democrats.
Every single state constitutional officer, from governor on down, is a Democrat.
Democrats control both State Assembly and State Senate by comfortable margins.
Politically California is tough nut to crack.
If there’s any good news, it might be that there is nothing happening in California which can be blamed on conservative policies or the GOP. Democrats run the state from top to bottom. It’s all on them.
Democrats may make a big push for Donnelly similar to the one McCaskill made for Todd Akin.
As to the question at hand, “What do the California GOP and the Alamo share?”, consider this.
The Alamo was herically defended to the last man by a brave and selfless force.
Nothing close to this could be said for the California GOP. Or the National GOP, to be perfectly honest.
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin leading in the controllers race
Thats got to be one for the books. A mayor called swearingin?”
She’s the daughter of the guy in “Deadwood” LOL
The author complains that the GOP candidate is running for his first office and it’s the governor’s office.
Several present Democrat officials and recent candidates had no relevant work experience and no prior lower level experience before seeking high level offices. The Democratic woman candidate against Bill Young in Florida had only served as an aide in a representative’s office. I have underwear older than her. (She got 40% of the vote, but that’s pretty much the base level. You could run a dead person as Democrat and you’d get 40%.)
It appears that another RINO loving Media maven, Debra J. Saunders has put her two cents in on the problems of the California Republican party.
Ms. Saunders is supposed to be a “conservative” media pundit. Yet all she cares about is more G’ment TAPR dispensing top down management. It appears to make little difference to Ms. Saunders who is at the top. Just as long as they do not use foul / anti PC language.
After all Facebook LIKES are more important.
Chicago rich girl Hillary Rodthem ran for how many offices before the New York Senate seat?
Saunders isn’t a believer but Donnelly is a wreck. California is demographically where much of the country will be in a dozen years or so and we can’t afford to be running a a white-majority-nostalgia campaign there. Most importantly, unless conservatives reverse the trend of Asians to be automatic Democrats, or hold on to our 30% share of Latino vote, we are dead. Labeling Kashkari a Muslim is just the kind of ignorance that will pound the last nail in our coffin with the Asians. Bragging on killing Mexicans at the Alamo is a double whammy — at least he could have bragged on San Jacinto where it didn’t end up the Mexicans killed every last Texan.
“What do the California GOP and the Alamo share?”
When you see them in person they are both a lot smaller than you think they are.
” “I am a descendant of Jim Bowie, who died at the Alamo. It is rumored that he took a dozen Mexican soldiers to their deaths before they finally killed him. How many of you will rise up and take his place on that wall?” “
“Bragging on killing Mexicans at the Alamo is a double whammy”
A) the above is no bragging, it is simply a statement of fact. Too many minds, maybe yours included, have gone Stockholm Syndrome in their PC bs acceptance. Just because someone says they are offended, DOES NOT Mean I offended them.
B) It would appear that the Asians are not happy with the California freshmen college acceptance issue that their Democrat overlords (Who you say the Asian put in place).
C) California has not had a small g’ment anybody run for office since Ronaldus Magnus in the 1960’s - FIFTY + years ago.
California needs to get rid of their jungle primary system. That is what is killing Republicans there.
I'm gonna guess "no survivors."
Not true! The demonrats have cracked Californias nuts a long time ago and there's not enough ice in the world to put on that!
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