HolyCoast: California GOP Not Worth The Dynamite It Would Take to Blow Them Up

Thursday, December 22, 2011

California GOP Not Worth The Dynamite It Would Take to Blow Them Up

Just look how they allowed the Democrats to con the citizen's redistricting commission:
The citizens’ commission had pledged to create districts based on testimony from the communities themselves, not from parties or statewide political players. To get around that, Democrats surreptitiously enlisted local voters, elected officials, labor unions and community groups to testify in support of configurations that coincided with the party’s interests.

When they appeared before the commission, those groups identified themselves as ordinary Californians and did not disclose their ties to the party. One woman who purported to represent the Asian community of the San Gabriel Valley was actually a lobbyist who grew up in rural Idaho, and lives in Sacramento.

In one instance, party operatives invented a local group to advocate for the Democrats’ map.

California’s Democratic representatives got much of what they wanted from the 2010 redistricting cycle, especially in the northern part of the state. “Every member of the Northern California Democratic Caucus has a ticket back to DC,” said one enthusiastic memo written as the process was winding down. “This is a huge accomplishment that should be celebrated by advocates throughout the region.”

Statewide, Democrats had been expected to gain at most a seat or two as a result of redistricting. But an internal party projection says that the Democrats will likely pick up six or seven seats in a state where the party’s voter registrations have grown only marginally.

“Very little of this is due to demographic shifts,” said Professor Doug Johnson at the Rose Institute in Los Angeles. Republican areas actually had higher growth than Democratic ones. “By the numbers, Republicans should have held at least the same number of seats, but they lost.”...

California’s Republicans were hardly a factor. The national GOP stayed largely on the sidelines, and individual Republicans had limited success influencing the commission.

“Republicans didn’t really do anything,” said Johnson. “They were late to the party, and essentially non-entities in the redistricting process.”
Well done, GOP. Thanks for helping secure a permanent Democrat majority in California. When are you guys going to learn how the game is played?

1 comment:

Larry said...

Isn’t there enough anecdotal evidence by now, with respect to the ‘modern’ Democrat party, that it should go without saying “Hey, look out!”?

“It’s a fight literally for our right to exist. Don’t misunderstand what this is. Don’t misunderstand- not a joke, not a joke, not an applause line. You are the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates. You are the only non-governmental power. The only one who has the power and capacity to stop this onslaught.” -Joe Biden, rallying labor unions against Republicans, 9/5/2011

“The Taliban per se is not our enemy.” -Joe Biden 12/15/2011

The GOP should’ve known well before now that the people we view as political opponents view us in return as an enemy worse than the Taliban, and display no shame in saying so right to our faces. They will do anything to defeat us —and I mean ANYTHING.