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The GOP and California

The GOP has a Hispanic voter problem. This is no secret.

A lot of hand wringing has been done over the poor showing of the Republican Party in California for the last few election cycles. The Republican Party has become regional in nature. Rural counties remain red but denser population areas vary in their shades of blue. Orange County is destined to become purple very, very soon. Some parts are already Democratic Party strongholds.

The GOP has a Hispanic voter problem. This is no secret. However, the local GOP apparatus has been slow to recognize this problem exists in Orange County as well. The "OC" will eventually become a Hispanic majority county. Yet, no substantive outreach is being done with this important segment of the vote.

The donor segment of the GOP has, at times, funded Latino candidates. But only in Latino neighborhoods. This fails to recognize that virtually every neighborhood in the county has Latino voters. A subtle racism exists when political organizations believe ethnic voters only exists in enclaves.

The GOP's road back to relevance starts with the Hispanic vote. The worst thing it can do  is to tell potential candidates to "wait their turn" or suggest they should run in Santa Ana. Only a proactive candidate recruitment and support effort will turn things around. 

Political parties and their popularity are cyclical. Republicans were on the outs following the Watergate Scandal in the 70s. The future of the Republican Party in California rests with the rising Hispanic vote. But will it take the "camino" less traveled?

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fact checker November 27, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Sorry Andromeda. You are going to have to find a new villain as well. Or, instead of looking for villains, you could just say what you want and listen to what the other guy wants. You guys really need to resist the urge to vilify everyone who doesn't agree with you. It is never productive to have civil conversations only with those who share your viewpoint.
Shripathi Kamath November 27, 2012 at 01:32 AM
"I am no fan of Arnold. I think he's just another fraud. And I am no fan of the Republican party." Aw, isn't the hunt for heretics sweet? For someone who professes that, you have ignored the whole topic that Ken was talking about to jump on the GOP talking points. Not to mention the simple fact that basically tests your unfounded assertion. If Arnie (R - Family Values) governed over a state, is he teeny-bit responsible for the affairs of the state, especially when Moonbeam showed that it is possible to reform welfare with the same dems? "You just don't have to integrity to call a duck a duck. That's all." OK, ducking is ducking, and you were ducking. You cannot stay on topic, make wild assertions, forget to read the cited links that go debunking your claims, but claim victory. Here's a hint: When you cite a statistic (like X% of California which is Y% of the population of the country is on welfare) a. You need to source it. (but that's OK, I found one source) b. ... that's it, it is a stat. If you further claim that statistic is caused by Z, then a. You have to show that Z caused it b. You can expect more comments. So integrity-wise you failed there, since you simply argued by making an assertion. Show your work. But back to your California GOP style victory, any new rides at Disneyland, oh not-productive-citizen who would move out if it were a productive one?
Shripathi Kamath November 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Excellent, Mr. Webb! I think that is what the California GOP did not say during the last elections. I think you have won over or converted one more mind in factchecker. Might work better if you called him a 47 percenter as well. ROMNEY RYAN 2016, then? Because if one is to really believe what you were saying just the day before the elections (http://bit.ly/TfW8oL): "President Romney will bring to the table a history of leadership in business, in government and with the Olympics. President Romney will have been elected based on his promise to work with both sides of the aisle to get our economy back on track. This election is a clear choice between a proven failure and a leader with a vision. Mitt Romney has a map, has a plan, knows how to navigate and understands the sea in which he finds himself. Leadership will save this country. Vote for change. Vote to give this country a chance to grow again. Vote for Romney." Or do conservatives like yourself not stay true to their beliefs?
Shripathi Kamath November 27, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Yes, only Republicans care about the well-being of the greater society. All 53% of it, at least. All that remains is getting them back in power in California. Which is what Ken was focused on. Perhaps they should ignore "the laws of math" and the growing Hispanic population/changing demographics, because all those people are just oPhone wanting moochers, eh?
MFriedrich November 27, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Maybe a look at the numbers is in order? http://www2.macleans.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Private-and-public-sector-jobs1.png Also, public sector jobs in the US as measured as a percent of the US population were last this low back in 1984 when Ronald Reagan was in office. While suggesting that Obama is taking the country in the wrong direction with bigger and bigger government, they seem to be oblivious to the notion that Obama may have inadvertently already brought US public sector employment levels to the Republican's desired destination (1984). Perhaps it's like wishing upon a star that all your dreams come true, only to find out later that your wish was granted by your sworn enemy.

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