Once upon a time, two great political parties competed for voters’ attention and support in California. Then one party lost its mind and the other lost its base.
Somehow—maybe because we all have to be a little nuts to live in this glorious state—the crazy party took over and set about turning paradise into an overregulated, overpriced theme park where you can’t get a decent place to live (let alone a decent meal) for less than $120,000 a year.
From time to time, it’s worth pondering the sad fate of the California Republican Party. This is not one of those times. Three Republicans aspire to the governor’s office next year. Their names will be quickly forgotten because they lack the resources, the organization and the message to galvanize voters.
Sorry to be a party pooper, but it’s true. I abandoned the California GOP last year in a fit of despair. But even as political independence offers a kind of liberation, it also leaves one adrift and aloof. Independents may form the third-largest voting bloc in state, but calling them a “bloc” suggests a unity that doesn’t exist.
Read the rest at the Sacramento Bee.