The way I see it, the Republican Party did this to itself, by throwing it's support, not to any of the Conservatives who were running against Gray Davis, and who could have easily beaten him, but to Arnold Schwartzneggar, an avowed Liberal on many issues. Thus, the introduction of this poison pill into California politics, by the GOP, has tarnished the Conservative brand beyond repair in the near future.The Republican Party, as a brand, is dead in California.
That's the eye-opening consensus of a crowd of political observers, lawmakers and strategists - Democrats and Republicans - gathered at a UC Berkeley symposium this weekend to mull over California's defiantly blue status in the wake of a conservative tide that swept the nation in November.
However, I disagree with the consensus of the political observers. While Conservatism is on life support in California, at the present time, it is not dead. We must look past the next few years, roll up our sleeves, and rebuild the Conservative movement. It will take years, but I believe it can be done. And when it is finally done, the Republican Party must make a promise to never again back a RINO in California. Although the governorship looks out of reach for a while, there are still Congressional districts that can be won. Each one of those is additional insurance that will help the Republican Party stay in control of the House, and that is what is important. There are still red districts in California, and it's more than a few. Some of those are blue for the moment, but with the right direction, they can become red again.
Time to roll up sleeves and get to work. Yes, I believe that California is still on the table. The GOP brand has no place to go in that state but up, and that is a silver lining in an otherwise very dark cloud of the Republican Party's own making.
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