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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:08 PM

After midterm wipeout, California Republican Party drifts closer to irrelevance

For a party in free fall the last two decades, California Republicans learned that it's possible to plunge even further.

The Republicans lost every statewide office in the midterm election - in blowout fashion - and Democrats re-established their supermajority in the state Legislature, allowing them to legislate as they see fit.

After major defeats in Orange County and the Central Valley, two longtime strongholds, Republicans will have a significantly smaller presence on Capitol Hill. (Democrats hold both Senate seats.) The Republican Party won't even have enough lawmakers in California's 53-member House delegation to field a nine-person softball team.

"It's dead," Mike Madrid, a former political director of the California Republican Party, said of the state GOP. "It exists in small regional pockets, where there are enough white, non-college-educated working-class communities for there to be a Republican Party. But that's not much."

Other states tilt lopsidedly in favor of one party or the other. But never before has a state with California's huge population and enormous importance - socially, culturally, economically - been so dominated by a single political party. The implications will take years to fully comprehend.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/after-midterm-wipeout-california-republican-party-drifts-closer-to-irrelevance/ar-BBPPQon?li=BBnbcA1

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:12 PM

1. Too bad that it wasn't a total wipeout. nt

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:14 PM

2. Thank you Pete Wilson and prop 137. The repubs haven't learned that being anti immigrant is a

losing proposition.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:36 PM

6. I still have my "Bush: Peor que Wilson" button somewhere around here.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:16 PM

3. California has been referred to as a bellwether state in the past

Could what happened in California be a harbinger of what may happen in more and more states?

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Response to Quemado (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:50 PM

7. Rarely has CA been a close contest, and the last time was 1976.

We still have some very red districts (and I'm not convinced Orange County will remain blue), but California is as out of reach for Republican presidential candidates as Idaho is for Democratic presidential candidates.

We've seen Virginia and Colorado move in our direction. North Carolina and Georgia show some promise. At present, Arizona is probably the closest thing to being a state that will go the way of California.

Once Texas turns blue, it's game over.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:23 PM

4. But their legacy of harm via Ronald Reagan lingers..

They deserve every bad thing that happens to them for inflicting that monster on the world.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 09:30 PM

5. The opposite happened in Indiana.

The democratic party lost almost everything and is on life support. The downhill slide began when Evan Bayh dropped out of politics a few years ago. It's awful living here anymore. Trump buttlickers everywhere.

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Response to Chipper Chat (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 12:29 AM

9. Move to Michigan.

Soon we will have more in common with Ontario than Ohio or Indiana.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 06:48 AM

11. Actually I'm only 12 miles away

So it's a short drive north.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 10:32 PM

8. And yet the rich Rs in this state continue to fund RW wet dreams like

“New Majority,” whose mission is to turn CA red. Republican politicos love to come out here and hit them up for money. All the while providing some local loser with a 6-figure salary for fronting the group.

Pathetic.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 12:35 AM

10. Hopefully those red-to-blue districts (in Orange County and elsewhere) will remain blue once...

...Trump is no longer a factor.

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