California-style dominance eludes Democrats nationwide


U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by California Attorney General Kamala Harris (L), California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (2nd L) and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee (R) upon his arrival in San Francisco February 17, 2011. Obama is visiting nearby Woodside to meet with business leaders in technology and innovation, including Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs, at a private residence.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

At a moment of unprecedented dominance in California, Democrats woke up on Election Day to a painfully changed national landscape, raising sharp questions about how poorly their approach to outsized success on the west coast is translating in vast swaths of the nation’s interior.

Golden State officials to the left of center did not hesitate to put a brave face on their newfound feeling of isolation. “Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land,” wrote Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, and state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, in a joint statement released on the heels of Donald Trump’s victory and reported by the Press-Enterprise. “We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output and sense of global responsibility.”

Their party did strengthen its grip on power in places where it was already robust. Democrats “expanded their majorities in chambers in California, Washington and New York,” according to The Fix at the Washington Post. “In two other states that Donald Trump won big (Montana and West Virginia), they held onto the governorship. But Democrats’ success came in isolated pockets. When you look at the post-2016 map, the story is still one of absolute Republican dominance.”

Cloudy future

Frustrated liberals and progressives have focused on California as a symbol of the limits of Democratic politics as it took shape under President Obama. “The Democratic Party is dependent on the presidency. Without it, the multi-racial, multi-class, water-hugging, tree-hugging party of the 21st century will enter 2017 obliterated, clinging to California as a government in exile as Washington falls to a political opponent that no longer looks like the Republican Party of even 2014, and may prove to be something American democracy has never seen,” Francis Wilkinson wrote at Bloomberg. 

With intraparty divisions sharpening over whether to shift away from culture-war politics to bread-and-butter economic issues, it was too early to tell whether California’s bench of young and ambitious Democrats will be able to cross over onto the national stage. “Kamala Harris, the newly elected senator from California, is viewed as a rising star, but she is just that, a newly elected senator, so it’s hard to know her future,” David Graham noted at The Atlantic. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, gunning to replace Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, has shaped up as another test case — a white male from a wealthy coastal enclave who has aggressively staked out a liberal agenda on social issues.

In response to questions about how the national party ought to move forward, de León sought to cast the choice as one between Trump’s vision of America and a broader, more traditional consensus. “Given the extreme, vitriolic, pernicious rhetoric of the campaign, the Democrats have an obligation to their constituents to prepare for anything that undermines the progress of America,” he told Politico. “I’ve said this within the context of California, but it’s the same thing for the direction of the Democratic Party: We can’t allow one election to reverse generations of progress.”

Exit option

But the newest trend on the left in California to gain national attention has pointed toward a polar opposite future — one in which all the state’s Democrats simply opt out of the United States altogether. “While the Yes California campaign has been considered a fringe movement in the past, it began trending on social media Tuesday night, attracting mainstream notice and interest from California progressives dismayed by Trump’s impending win,” KTLA reported. 

“The rising interest in Calexit comes as protests have erupted across the U.S. On Wednesday night, thousands gathered in at least a dozen major U.S. cities. In Los Angeles, protesters chanted ‘¡Si se puede!’ in the streets of downtown. The refrain ‘not my president’ rang out from angry crowds in L.A., San Francisco and elsewhere.”


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  1. machiavelli
    machiavelli 18 November, 2016, 15:52

    The surprise in all of this is that we didn’t see California progressive “snowflake” leaders at a “cry-in” with a bucket of play-doh.

    Let’s be clear, there are undocumented criminals in California and they will be gathered up and deported. Will this be good for the state?

    Let’s be clear, there will be a wall constructed along the southern border of California to reduce the flow of illegals entering the state from the south and taking jobs from citizens. Will this be good for the state?

    Let’s be clear, the current list of sanctuary cities in California will be put under extreme financial pressure. If cities like SF and LA continue to protect illegals with a criminal record, federal funds will be cut off. City budgets will suffer. Will this be good for the state?

    This is just a start…will California attempt to exit and become a “country” on its own? Will this be good for the state? Should we care?

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  2. Michael
    Michael 18 November, 2016, 18:06

    There is no reason for Trump not to block all federal funding for California. what would be even more amusing would be a federal warrant of arrest of all sanctuary city mayors and law enforcement for obstruction of federal laws. 2017 is going to be Amusing watching the liberals run out of runway. I for one will enjoy the show.

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  3. Losbanos1
    Losbanos1 18 November, 2016, 18:43

    This statement below issued by these liberal loons explains it all and just how mentally ill these idiots are. I just want to ask these two this question. WHAT PROGRESS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ?? California is a S*#T hole, filled with illegal aliens, gang members, an anti American Government from Jerry Brown to my little home town mayor, and the biggest bunch of brainless patsies this side of the Mexican border. Get it in your HEADS libtards, your ruling days of terror, and stupidity is over. Political correctness has just been chewed up and spit out by the most bad A$$ junk yard dog we put into office. He will also build more Mental Facilities ( Ahead of Schedule and under budget ) just for all of you liberal loons that believe in it, because political correctness IS a sign of mental illness. After that, we will reign in on these training centers you loons call schools that teach hate, anti American socialism, communism, that create more liberal loons.

    Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, and state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, in a joint statement released on the heels of Donald Trump’s victory and reported by the Press-Enterprise. “We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output and sense of global responsibility.”

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  4. Dude
    Dude 18 November, 2016, 19:35

    The writing is on the wall for all you Obamabots. Time to throw away your well read copies of The Communist Manifesto.

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  5. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 18 November, 2016, 19:56

    Yet even California is geographically RED, with democrat power bases limited to coastal urban enclaves. The California ‘secret sauce’ for permanent institutional ‘progressive’ revolution consists of: 1) very wealthy patrician white liberals 2) Hollyweird 3) Demographic warfare that displaces productive native whites with welfare-sucking third world masses 4) armies of government unionized ’employees’ who buy politicians that support their agenda. And they ALWAYS turn out and vote. Death grip.

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    • bob
      bob 19 November, 2016, 17:36

      “And they ALWAYS turn out and vote.”

      If not, they can always rig the vote.

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  6. Killer
    Killer 18 November, 2016, 21:09

    …Stop Federal money from coming into California to force a bankruptcy!

    Bankrupt the pinko scum!

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  7. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 19 November, 2016, 07:09

    Moonbeam Brown needs to resign along with Feinsten and Boxer they have been in for far too long

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  8. Queeg
    Queeg 19 November, 2016, 10:38


    Need not worry…you lost aerospace, ship yards, fruit/vegetable packing plants, tuna canning, semiconductor plants, tech trinket manufacturing, your young and brightest, millions of average grade deplorables, agribusiness galore…. avacado business, caged chickens, fratulating livestock…..

    What is left…..The Village teaming with the seething needy destined to serving/begging the Marie Antoinette type coastal elites and the greasy porky Plutocrats in gritty run down Sacramento.

    Hug your guarded gates-

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  9. Ted Trump
    Ted Trump 19 November, 2016, 18:27

    Queegster– right you are and they will enjoy the tax vacation and debt you’ll increase with your new dopey President! You clowns have bitten off more than you can chew….

    Ivanka meeting with prime ministers
    non secure phone lines calls
    racist hair trigger loon appointments–


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    • Bill Gore
      Bill Gore 21 November, 2016, 14:28

      Hillary’s being racked by seizures since they cut off the supply of baby blood and amphetamines….

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  10. Queeg
    Queeg 20 November, 2016, 00:46


    Let’s ban slinging around the word “racist” on CWD……..

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    • ricky65
      ricky65 21 November, 2016, 08:37

      No way. For decades the lefties have used the term to tarnish any white male who was conservative or with whom they even mildly disagreed.
      Now that these folks have outed themselves fully with total Trump derangement syndrome, BLM movement, the return of self imposed black re-segregation in the universities, it’s clear who the real racists really are.
      So herein and hereafter, it is perfectly OK to use the word at least once in every sentence.
      After all, the best way to devalue a currency is to print too much of it.
      So Queegie: You post was very RACIST!

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      • Queeg
        Queeg 21 November, 2016, 21:24

        Comrade Ricketti

        Teddy knows well he misspoke dubbing opponents racists…..he is a decent man, but got caught up in this election shock/achrimony .

        You Comrade keep boiling the evil brew. We are Americans not pawns of The State or the The Village….you cannot have freedom if their are racists or their victims.

        For goodness sake give thanks you can possibly become a true free, patriot American!

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