Advice to California’s GOP: Leave — or better yet, change – latimes.com
To make matters worse, of the 1 million people who used a new online voter registration system this election cycle, only 20% registered as Republicans. And 60% of those who registered were under 35, which means your future’s not looking great.
Then the dominoes really started to fall.
Gov. Brown’s Proposition 30, the first general, statewide tax hike in two decades, passed so easily that the ghost of Howard Jarvis threw himself in front of a truck.
Proposition 32, an all-out attempt to defang public employee unions, got pummeled despite an infusion of last-minute anti-labor cash from Arizona.
What could be worse? I’ll tell you what. In the state Legislature, Democrats won supermajorities in both houses. Do you know what that means? It’s like handing your teenager a credit card, a checkbook and the car keys so he can drive to an all-night orgy.
Meanwhile, on the national front, two states said yes to recreational marijuana and three states said yes to same-sex marriage. And Mitt Romney proved that when your only loyal supporters are aging white men who still drive Buicks and watch “Matlock” reruns — in a country with an ever more diverse population — you’re cooked.
It was a wipeout, a blitz, a disaster.
So now what?
Glad you asked, because as it happens, I’ve got some advice for the leaders and members of the California’s shrinking Grand Old Party.
Your first option is to cut and run. Frankly, I regularly hear from Republicans who so despise California and everything it stands for, I’m surprised they keep subjecting themselves to so much misery. Wouldn’t it be better to sell everything, pack up the station wagon and move to Georgia or Kentucky? They think, act and vote red in those states, and they probably hate California at least as much as you do.
But here’s another option. You could sit tight here in the Golden State, wait for the Democrats to screw things up in Sacramento even more than they already have, and then raise your hand when the situation cries out for the voice of fiscal prudence.