California Republicans – Where are you?

October 3, 2008 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

I have to keep reminding myself to keep my headphones on and not eavesdrop at what the people around me are saying. It creates too many temptations to try and argue with them. And based on the things they are saying there is not a chance that they would think I am right. They are being pretty nasty.

I am the minority. I wish my McCain/Palin shirt was clean today. I would have totally worn it.

I decided to search and see what percentage of the state of California is Republican. It was not a pretty sight. I found this article California Republicans: An endangered species? it did not do anything to make me feel better. Here are a few key excerpts in case you don’t want to click through.

  • Registered Republicans now constitute barely a third of the electorate in the biggest state — 34 percent — a decline from 39 percent just two decades ago.
  • Even in Orange County, regularly described as “the most Republican county in the U.S.,” Republican registration has fallen below 50 percent.
  • The Republicans haven’t controlled the state Senate since 1970. They have controlled the state Assembly for only one year — 1996 — since 1970.
  • In the past three general elections, Republicans have lost 20 of the 24 statewide constitutional offices up for election. In both 1998 and 2006, the GOP lost six of eight statewide offices.
  • In 2002, Republicans were shut out of all statewide offices for the first time since 1882 — despite a Democratic ticket led by an incumbent governor up for reelection with job approval ratings in the 30s.
  • Other than Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2003 gubernatorial recall election, the only non-incumbent Republican to win any statewide office whatsoever since 1994 was a multimillionaire high-tech maven who in 2006 was elected insurance commissioner.
  • Republicans have lost — count ’em — seven straight U.S. Senate races in California dating back to 1992, the last four by double-digit blowouts.
  • In the two most recent races in 2004 and 2006, the sad sack GOP nominees didn’t even have the money to air a single spot on broadcast television — a first in the modern era for either major party.
  • The Republican nominee against Sen. Dianne Feinstein in ’06 ran his own campaign out of his house.
  • Of the 53 members of Congress from California, only 19 are Republican, the party having lost four GOP-held seats in 2000, a newly created district in 2002 and another, supposedly rock-solid, Republican seat in 2006.
  • Republicans have lost the past four presidential elections in California, all of them by double-digit, landslide margins.
  • And George W. Bush’s job approval ratings in California are below even his historic-low national standings — and only a couple of points above former Gov. Gray Davis’ numbers on the day he was recalled in 2003.

Wow, it is much sadder than I thought. Here is a link to another document with California vote profiles. Maybe we moved to the wrong part of the state 🙂

Coming from what is arguably one of the most conservative, Republican counties in the country to this one has been a major eye opener. I have never been in the minority for anything in my life. I am used to my friends and people around me having very similar beliefs. Here it seems like a free for all and you cannot be sure of what anyone believes. There are so many more shades of gray in this state.

So please, if you are a Republican in California let me know I am not alone. I am a proud registered Republican in the great state of California and I am not ashamed.

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