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Republican Party in California Is Caught in Cycle of Decline

Via: NYT

This would seem a moment of great opportunity for California Republicans. The state has become a national symbol of fiscal turmoil and dysfunction, the Legislature is nearly as unpopular as Congress and Democrats control every branch of government.

But instead, the state party — once a symbol of Republican hope and geographical reach and which gave the nation Ronald Reagan and Richard M. Nixon — is caught in a cycle of relentless decline, and appears in danger of shrinking to the rank of a minor party.

“We are at a lower point than we’ve ever been,” said Representative Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 Republican in the United States House of Representatives. “It’s rebuilding time.” (yeah, in your dreams!)

Registered Republicans now account for just 30 percent of the California electorate, and are on a path that analysts predict could drop them to No. 3 in six years, behind Democrats, who currently make up 43 percent, and independent voters, with 21 percent.

“It’s no longer a statewide party,” said Allan Hoffenblum, who worked for 30 years as a Republican consultant in California. “They are down to 30 percent, which makes it impossible to win a statewide election. You just can’t get enough crossover voters.”

“They have alienated large swaths of voters,” he said. “They have become too doctrinaire on the social issues. It’s become a CULT.”

Read more, HERE:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/23/us/politics/california-republicans-seek-a-turnaround.html

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SurveyUSA (5-27 – 5-29)

Obama – 57%

Romney – 36%

Spread – 21%

“As California goes, so goes the nation” – probably not in 2012; but 2016, 2020? – damn right!

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July 25, 2012 - Posted by | 2012, President Obama, President Reagan | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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