Why the California Republican Party doesn’t learn from Newsom’s failed recall

Was this the most trivial waste of time in California election history?

He was a serious competitor, that’s for sure.

“I would say it was a waste of time in the first place because it was never really related to the big issues facing California,” said Rob Stutzman.

“Much ado about nothing,” said Mike Madrid.

Who are Stutzmann and Madrid? They are not left-handed defenders, if that’s what you were thinking. They are longtime Republican advisors. The takedown, of course, was a Republican-inspired removal attempt, with marginal support from Democrats and independent voters.

The problem is that, in California and the rest of the country, the Republican Party is not so much a political party as a support group for spontaneous sword fighters.

Madrid told me when the recall began this spring. “They can only tell you what they’re against…and you can’t build a movement based on what you’re against.”

In that summons, they were against Governor Gavin Newsom, so much so that they believed we should hold a vote of no confidence a year before Newsom’s term ended. Madrid said it was clear to him early on that Newsom would survive because removing him from office would have required a “massive democratic schism”.

It was a long shot but it was a possibility, and an August poll made it look like a slob. But the missing ingredient was a strong contender that might draw some Democrats across the line.

The group of competitors included the roles of clowns and tired pensioners. The only person who ever got any traction – radio host Larry Elder – was Even out step With California mainstream, Newsom camp must have thought it was Christmas in September.

. I mean, think about that Top competitors in the Republican Party He was a fan of Donald Trump who opposed minimum wages, liked to blame victims, was a climate change skeptic, once said women aren’t as informed as men, and vowed to end mandates for mask and vaccines.

You can wave these flags as you like, and a small portion of the electorate will stand up and salute them. Except that appearing as a candidate for governor of Texas doesn’t get you very far in California.

But will the state’s Republican Party get the message? Don’t bet on it. They can tear apart the state’s Democratic leaders whatever they want, and in many cases with good reason, because the woes of the state and the failures of leadership are cross-sectarian, as I explain in My Sunday column.

But guess what. There is a reason for the Democrats to take charge. The thing is, the GOP hasn’t had any winning ideas or viable candidates in years, and this recall campaign may set the party back even further.

“I do not see [the state] moderate progress [Republican] “I don’t know who that would be,” Stutzman said.

Perhaps it was the former San Diego mayor who called up candidate Kevin Faulconer. “He decided not to accept that kind of nomination and didn’t have the funding to hack even if he did,” Stutzman said.

Stutzman said the only chance in any future elections may be for the self-financed GOP candidate. But that didn’t work out for Silicon Valley mogul Meg Whitman, who spent $144 million of her own money running for governor in 2010. He lost to Jerry Brown.

Madrid said the winning ideas did not exist in the Republican Party. He recalled conversations with the state’s Republican leader who would say, “California has America’s worst homelessness problem, America’s worst housing crisis, and America’s worst income gap, with human excrement and hypodermic needles on the streets. And my response to that is, yes, and what People still don’t see the Republican Party as a viable alternative, and people would rather live with all of that than vote Republican. And that’s a Republican problem.”

Madrid, born in Ventura County and raised by Mexican American parents, still considers himself a proud old-school Republican. But he is frustrated with what he calls the white identity politics that dominate the Republican Party and alienate millions of people of color at a time when the country is becoming increasingly diverse.

Madrid is also frustrated that the Republican Party in California did not take cues from Massachusetts, Maryland and Vermont, all blue states led by Republican governors.

“one thing [those governors] Madrid, who accused Faulconer of cowardice because he was “anti-Trump for three years as mayor of San Diego before climbing onto his lap to run the subpoena,” said Madrid, who accused Faulconer of cowardice.

Madrid said he believes Newsom has mishandled the pandemic in some ways and that deep-rooted problems such as income inequality and unaffordable housing have either not improved or gotten worse in the past three years, leaving ample opportunity for honest conversations about reforms.

But this is no longer a debate. “The debate we are having now is whether we should demolish everything or protect and preserve it, as it is defective,” Madrid said. “Is this American experience worth it anymore? The Republican Party says no, if it’s not our way, the elections are rigged and let’s tear it down…Let’s destroy institutions because this is not America.”

The day before the election, Trump revived the blame game on Steck.

“Does anyone really believe that the California impeachment vote was not rigged?” Trump asked, saying we were in a “scam” like the one that robbed him of his re-election last fall.

After wasting months of time, it was the perfect exclamation point.

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