Republicans Lacking Farm Team

Katy Grimes: The dismal results California Republicans experienced in this last election are indisputable. But who is to blame? The California Secretary of State website has the election results listed on one depressing page each for the Assembly, and Senate.

It’s too easy to blame the opposition and evil labor unions in the state. When a loss of this magnitude takes place, the party leadership must accept the blame, look inward for answers, and probably hand the baton to the next team. It’s the manly thing to do.

But, who is the on next team? And does the California Republican Party even have a farm team?

In a recent blog post on the CRP website, it appears that the CRP is not looking inward. Instead, one party blogger wrote, “The CRP launched an impressive Networks program mid-election cycle but the outreach efforts should be more sustainable and more immense.”

And the blogger followed up with, “So, my fellow Republicans, trust that the lesson has been learned. We need to get back to the basics, back to our Reagan principles, and accept what I call “diversity of the same opinion.” Believe me, I know this isn’t easy, and it will take a monumental effort to make the changes that I have suggested. But rest assured that the CRP is already putting the plans together to be a stronger, more diverse, and more effective party in 2012.”

Adding insult to injury, the CRP still has posted a photo of the statewide candidates, all holding hands at a rally – Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, Tony Strickland, Mimi Walters, Abel Maldonado, Damon Dunn and Steve Cooley – on a page called “Taking Back California.”

Party Chairman Ron Nerhing wrote, “While the Democrats are stuck with a slate of political relics with failed ideas, the California Republican Party has nominated the most dynamic and diverse statewide ticket in our history — a team ready to create new jobs, cut wasteful spending, strengthen our economy and improve our schools. They’re the party of yesterday, we’re the party of tomorrow.”

Oops. Not one of the Republican statewide candidates won. The state of California no longer has any checks and balances losing all of the statewide offices to an entirely Democratic slate of candidates, as well as party leadership. “Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty,” said Ronald Reagan.

California can be saved from completely turning on its citizens. Republicans need to develop a strong, young farm team, and perhaps retire the party machine leaders who have been promoting moderates and big government Republicans instead of supporting and growing reform candidates. They talk of Reagan principles, but the CRP has not practiced what they preach, starting with “The idea that an individual was and should always be the master of his or her own destiny.”

And the four pillars of Reagan’s economic policy wouldn’t hurt either:

  1. Reduce government spending,
  2. Reduce income and capital gains marginal tax rates,
  3. Reduce government regulation,
  4. Control the money supply to reduce inflation.

The CRP states, “Candidates and campaign teams that are well trained in organizing and communicating outperform those that lack these skills.  Our mission is to maximize the number of Republican leaders out in the field who have all the skills necessary to develop and convey their messages with maximum strength and effectiveness in a highly competitive political climate.” The CRP Academy states that it promotes strong candidates.

Where are they?

NOV. 27, 2010

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  1. John Seiler
    John Seiler 27 November, 2010, 11:01

    The Party is over — the Republican Party, that is. Nothing can help them.

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  2. David from Oceanside
    David from Oceanside 28 November, 2010, 06:47

    I hold so little hope for California that I believed bankruptcy is our best option. That was until I learned CA as a sovereign has not right to US Bankruptcy.

    Given our death spiral and the electorates response of giving more power to the party most responsible for our troubles my new hope is sovereign default.

    The US is headed for default and once again CA is leading the nation.

    The only ray of sunshine will be the sport of watching the news reports of retired state, county and city employees crying that they cant get by without their boated and immoral pensions.

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  3. Ken
    Ken 28 November, 2010, 14:26

    Good column Katy, but I fear I rarely read posts encouraging the inclusiveness necessary for the GOP to grow.

    We bad-mouth all Latinos because of the immigration issue in spite of the fact most are pro-Life, pro-family Catholics, entraprenuers, hard-working citizens, who also oppose rampant illegal immigration. We actually push these votes to the Democrats. Thank you Pete Wilson.

    California Republicans seem intent on pushing an inititive similar to Arizona’s SB 1070, which will further back us into the corner of silly, short-sighted intolerance. Such a push will no doubt be conducted for a primary election to aid the most rigid and hard-line candidates to succeed. Succeed in the primary and lose in the general.

    We stubbornly resist gay marriage even though strictly following the constitution, equal protection is required. Republicans don’t have to endorse homosexuality to acknowledge that those gays who want to marry, buy homes, and settle down in relationships can also be fiscal conservatives and vote for Republican candidates.

    Public sentiment is moving against Republicans on these issues… and the Republican view on these subjects make us look rigid and heartless to independents.

    But some of the hard-liners running things seem to enjoy being the big fish in an increasingly smaller pond. Demanding the perfect at the expense of the good seems to be their goal, however, it is how we will continue to maintain our small house with fewer rooms. We’ll never build an effective farm team that way.

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  4. Shame on Me
    Shame on Me 29 November, 2010, 12:48

    Well done Katy. The so-called CRP “leadership” seems to consist of self promoters looking for deep pockets (Arnold, Whitman, Poizner). Nehring’s not the only one already running for his next non-job.

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  5. Karen England
    Karen England 29 November, 2010, 13:22

    Well said Katy. The party stands for nothing and keeps giving us nominees at the top of the ticket that are nothing more than Democrat Lite. Many of the Republicans at the local level are big government politicians who want their pork and a promotion to Sacramento. The lack of leadership is depressing!

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