Decline to States and the Republican Party
Recently Thomas Del Beccaro wrote a column about our growing number of Decline to State voters. “What “Decline to States” Are Telling Us Loud and Clear. The California Republican Party Vice Chairman explores the issue in his essay with the thesis of “voters register Decline to State when political parties Decline to lead.” this may be true to explain the decline to states in conservative areas. Our party does need to lean on law and order and fiscal responsibility, but we also do need the representation from areas that lean not as conservative as well if we want to attain the majorities in the state legislature.
If we want to win the votes in Long Beach, Pasadena, Glendale, Redondo Beach, Ontario and the Silicon Valley communities. We need to follow through with the core beliefs that even honest liberal Republicans follow and allow free votes to these legislators on enviroment issues, pro-abortion and homosexual equality legislation to make marginal Republican districts winning Republican districts.
The California Republican Party is 4.6 million dollars in debt and a new team of leaders is being elected today in Sacramento. We have lost our incumbent Secretary of State, one congressional seat
and made no progress towards gaining new seats in the state legislature. Problem is the California Republican Party is irrelevant to today’s California.
Tom McClintock may have the right views on the infrastructure, immigration and the economy compared to Governor Schwarzenegger. However the Democratic party rightfully attacked McClintock on his social issues. McClintock is outside the mainstream on social issues and the Democratic party rightfully told the voters how wrong he was on abortion and other contentious issues.
Californians do find McClintock and the Republican message as a very positive message, but California is turning increasingly blue. Perhaps the state party does not want to compromise to attain political power in the state legislature. If our party fails to gain ground in 2008 perhaps the Pete Wilson, California Republican League and Log Cabin Republicans deserve a chance to lead the party in 2010.