February 20, 2019

PETE WILSON MADE IT THE CANARY IN DONALD'S COAL MINE:

California Republicans look into the abyss (CARLA MARINUCCI 02/19/2019, Politico)

A battle over the state party chairmanship offers two competing visions for the future. One embraces President Donald Trump; the other focuses on the nuts and bolts of party building and organizing.

The two approaches aren't complementary. Trump, who lost California by 30 percentage points in 2016, is highly unpopular there: Nearly two-thirds of California's voters disapprove of his performance as president.

"What it really comes down to is whether a party's first obligation is to motivate its base -- or to reach out beyond that base,'' said Dan Schnur, a former GOP strategist and adviser to Sen. John McCain who is a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and is now an independent. "We'll see what they decide."

As it stands, the Republican Party in the nation's most populous state is barely breathing. The midterm elections saw the landslide victory of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, Democrats win supermajorities in both state legislative chambers and the flipping of seven GOP House seats.

25 years of Nativism destroyed Ronald Reagan's party.

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