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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 11:59 AM

GOP might never again hold power in California

From the LA Times
by George Skelton
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Until last week, it was possible to be guardedly optimistic about the ultimate restoration of a healthy two-party system in California. Political power is cyclical. California at its core is centrist, even if tilted left. Surely the GOP someday would bounce back.
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It's practically impossible to envision Californians electing a Republican governor in the future, certainly not in the next gubernatorial election, in 2014. Talk to GOP pros and none can suggest a realistic, credible challenger to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
Especially after voters accepted his tax increase, Brown looks like a shoo-in for reelection, assuming he runs. And it's hard to imagine this 74-year-old career pol not running. His life is politics and governing.
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The stunner was the state Assembly, where Democrats apparently achieved a historic supermajority to match the party's similar feat in the Senate. This means there's virtually nothing that Democrats can't pass on their own in Sacramento, relegating Republicans to mathematical irrelevancy.

But it doesn't stop there.
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The shame for Republicans is that they could have helped Democrats pass similar tax measures in the Legislature and, in turn, won major concessions. Most important for their allies in business, they probably could have gained relief from a thicket of stifling environmental regulations. They also could have owned public pension reform and, perhaps, passed a meaningful state spending cap.
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More:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cap-election-20121112,0,7786081.column

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bemildred Nov 2012 #1
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yurbud Nov 2012 #3
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Response to Kablooie (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:42 PM

1. Does this mean it's OK to be a hippie again? nt

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:40 PM

2. They're no longer relevant in Cali and they never will be

No matter how much money they waste the voters will NOT fall for their lies and 2010 and 2012 proved it as will 2014.

They might as well pack up and leave because CA is as much of a lost cause for them as are VT and MD.

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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:50 AM

3. yep--it took a double back flip with a twist to shoehorn Arnold into office

He might have made it through a regular republican primary on his star power, but it's doubtful he could have outdebated anyone who actually knew something about politics.

The GOP knew if they didn't recall Gray and cram Arnold down our throats, a primary of possible republican candidates would have given us a far right crank.

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Response to Kablooie (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:19 AM

4. Anything's possible

 

Look at the loser Massachusetts elected as governor a few years ago.

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