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California GOP Debate a Microcosm for Establishment vs. Grassroots
americanthinker.com ^ | 5/18/14 | Sally Zelikovsky

Posted on 05/18/2014 5:31:26 AM PDT by cotton1706

Even though California is as blue as blue can be, and the upcoming gubernatorial election in November is considered a fait accompli in Governor Jerry Brown’s favor, it’s worth listening to the lively primary debate that took place on May 15 in Anaheim, California between Republican candidates Neel Kashkari – a former Treasury Department official during the Bush Administration – and California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

The top two winners in a June 3 primary will face off in the November elections. As it currently stands, Governor Moonbeam is the favorite, polling at 57% of the vote; Donnelly is in second place, polling at 17%; and Kashkari is polling at 2%.

The debate, while particular to California, reflects the internal fissures in the GOP between what has come to be designated “establishment or moderate” Republicans and “grassroots or Tea Party type” conservatives.

Donnelly adroitly pointed out that it was time to bring “more country into the county club.” With this catchy sound bite, Donnelly tapped into grassroots angst that the divisions in the GOP are not so much between the Establishment and the Tea Party as between a group of elitists within the GOP – who think they know what’s best to win and govern – and the people. How ironic that this intra-party conflict, centered on an attitude of "who knows best,” mirrors the same clash we have on a national, inter-party scale. The tug-of-war between right and left ideologies is to be expected. Within our own country club, it’s unnerving.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
"between Republican candidates Neel Kashkari – a former Treasury Department official during the Bush Administration – and California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly."

Think about that for a second. A member of the Aristocracy, who attended all the right parties and was in lots of important meetings (and has all the right views), and a local legislator in touch with the people.

This is the story with any number of elections, and it's always some "former administration" official against a local guy. A guy "with far away connections" and a guy who knows the local streets.

1 posted on 05/18/2014 5:31:26 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

How conservative is Donnelly? I would love to see Brown get taken out...


2 posted on 05/18/2014 6:10:32 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: cotton1706
“more country into the county club.”

That's actually a clever turn of phrase.

Donnelly shows up to townhalls, moved his office up to the high desert to be closer to us, and has frequent open houses. He is what he appears to be.

3 posted on 05/18/2014 6:17:21 AM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: cotton1706

Yes, it’s the quintessential example of the contrast. In everyday language one can say it’s the A1 textbook example of the larger conflict.


4 posted on 05/18/2014 7:19:09 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: ExCTCitizen

Brown will get back in because of the government employee vote and the Hispanic vote.

But the pendulum swings and right now California is propped up with bailout funds and pro forma projections. As soon its house of cards comes down, the GOP will have an opportunity. The question is which GOP will it be?


5 posted on 05/18/2014 7:22:03 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Hostage

“Brown will get back in because of the government employee
vote and the Hispanic vote”

There are not enough state employees to make a difference.
The difference they make is in the copious quantities of cash
the state employee’s union and the CTA ponies up to Brown
and Dem’Rat candidates. The news media does their part but
that is a given.


6 posted on 05/18/2014 8:33:26 AM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: Sivad

School teachers are in effect government employees and they vote democrat.

The Hispanic vote in recent years has been the bloc that has locked Cal into the blue column. The GOPe thinks they are the key to their success; such morons they are.


7 posted on 05/18/2014 8:47:23 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Hostage

Not enough school teachers to make a difference either, even
if you add them to the rest of the state workers There again,
it is the money. In reality there are more conservative teachers
than many people think even in the area of Special Education.


8 posted on 05/18/2014 9:00:28 AM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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