All Wet Dreams

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

California Republicans begin the 2010 campaign season with something many considered unthinkable just a few months ago – hope that they can win a major statewide race.

They realize the odds are still steep. Only 31 percent of California voters are registered Republicans and no Congressional or legislative district has a majority of GOP voters. And demographically, former state Republican leader and current political analyst Allan Hoffenblum said the GOP has become an “old white guy” party in a state that is rapidly diversifying.


Original DVD cover
(left to right: Dennis Hollingsworth, Carly Fiorina [with Captain Underpants by her arm on the surfboard], Darrell Issa, Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner)

Yet coming out of their three-day state convention that ended today, party activists say they are seeing signs the GOP is emerging from the shock of last November’s national tail-kicking by the Democrats. Many see hope in a growing national frustration with federal bailouts and government expansion, and in declining approval ratings for President Obama.

“Last year it was a morgue here,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista (San Diego County), who attended the convention to support former eBay CEO Meg Whitman’s gubernatorial bid. “For the first time since (former GOP Gov.) Pete Wilson’s 1994 campaign, I feel a sense of ‘we’ in the Republican Party.”

We or wee-wee? It could be an enlarged prostate.

The newfound sense of “we” showed in the absence of bickering over social issues like abortion that typically divide the party gatherings. Instead, California Republicans joined in extolling the promise of two deep-pocketed gubernatorial candidates – the billionaire Whitman and multimillionaire state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner – along with what’s expected to be a similarly well-funded Senate candidacy of former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina against incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer.

Steve Poizner sold his business, Snap Track, to Qualcomm for a reported $1 billion dollars. So why bicker over silly social issues when you can bond over megabucks?

Most of all, they hope to capitalize on what they say is a growing anti-government sentiment in California that will inspire voters to seek alternatives.

California Senate Republican Leader Dennis Hollingsworth urged party members to reach out to supporters of the anti-tax, anti-government tea parties that have been held across the country over the past several months.

“Here’s the challenge: They’re angry at everyone,” Hollingsworth said. “We have to make sure to earn their trust. These folks have to realize that their natural home is the Republican Party.”

But Henry Brady, a professor of political science at UC Berkeley, was skeptical of the strategy.

“I don’t see where reaching out to the tea party people helps. That’s the fringe of the far right,” he said. “They need to reach out to the decline-to-state voters in the middle.”

Party leaders also see hope in the reconciliation of two grassroots organizations – the more socially moderate California Congress of Republicans and the more conservative California Republican Assembly.

…snip…

California state party chair Ron Nehring told delegates today that Republicans also must do a better job of reaching out to people “who don’t look like me.”

Potential targets, Nehring said, include Asian small business owners, African Americans who supported Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage, and Latino voters suffering from water shortages in the Central Valley. Republicans blame federal judges for restricting water flow there.

And who better to reach out to ordinary people and minorities than a bunch of white multi-millionaires and billionaires?

Brady, of UC Berkeley, said that when times are difficult, the out-of-power party stands to gain in an election. But California remains solidly Democratic.

“I don’t see the fundamentals changing in California,” he said. “They (the GOP) may say they want to reach out to Latinos but there is a lot of bad history there between the (Republican) party and Latinos.”

Republican candidates shouldn’t be worried about running away from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom many conservatives regard as a disappointment.

…snip…

Still, the convention was not free of infighting. Poizner called on Whitman to withdraw from the race after published reports revealed her consistent failure to vote in elections over the past 27 years.

A person in a chicken suit paraded around, poking fun at Whitman for refusing invitations to debate. Anti-Whitman forces also handed out paper fans with her photo near the words, “I am a huge fan of Van Jones.” It was a reference to The Chronicle’s video blog post from earlier this year of Whitman discussing meeting Jones, Obama’s recently resigned environmental adviser, on a cruise aimed at learning about climate change.

Anti-Poizner forces responded with a man wearing an Al Gore mask, a reference to a contribution the Poizner family made several years ago to the Democratic former vice president. Poizner said Saturday that the contribution was from the joint checking account he shares with his wife, a lifelong Democrat.

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22 responses to “All Wet Dreams

  1. “they hope to capitalize on what they say is a growing anti-government sentiment in California that will inspire voters to seek alternatives.”

    Hello! Ahnold the Guvenator is a republican and he ran the State into bankruptcy.
    Voters seeking alternatives need to kick out the republican guvnuh and seek alternatives…. as in NOT a republican.

    I hate to see California struggle so badly…. in fact Cali & Oregon share place # 4 in highest unemployment in the nation.

    Here is my solution– for all the fertile agricultural land that it is— legalize pot growing & tax it.
    Win Win situation…. California makes a ton of money (a gold rush you might say), and so do the Feds.

    • rethuglicans are only rethuglicans until they screw up. then the other rethuglicans say that they weren’t real rethuglicans in the first place. πŸ™„ they’re disowning ahhhnold now, when just a few months ago, they were champing at the bit to change the constitution so that he could run for president.

  2. braveny

    Yes it is pretty funny that Meg suddenly decides to get into politics after not being registered to vote or participating in the process. Ha ha I also think she ran ebay into the ground at the expense of the very people who helped ebay grow. What she forgot was that the small sellers were also buyers. Oops. ::former tiny mob member::

  3. To tell you the truth, I had to read the cutline to see who any of these geeks were. And even then I’d never heard of some of them.
    I think the GOP might attract some voters whose dormant racism was activated by having a black president, otherwise the GOP is still a sinking ship (of fools).
    They should change their name to The White party and get it over with.

    • don’t you mean the white stinking rich party?

      • KarenZipdrive

        No, not all Republicans are stinking rich. Some of them are just ignorant lemmings who think the stinking rich GOP leaders will magically make them rich.
        Republican strongholds are in the deep south, where educational standards have always been the worst and racial prejudice has always been the highest.
        The GOP exploits these ignorant, piss-poor fools, and laugh all the way to the bank.

        • i should have phrased it differently. it’s the party of white people idolizing stinking rich white people.

          when my mom registered to vote when she was 21, she registered as a rethug. i asked her why, and she told me that her thinking was that a lot of rich people were rethugs, and she thought that if she registered as one, she might one day be rich, too.

          the rethug party today is run like the old revivals. i was watching elmer gantry the other day, and it was remarkable how much it resembled some of the tea parties.

  4. California needs an independent. Both parties have caused the downfall of the economy and both seem more interested in their financial supporters than in their constituents.

    • ahmnodt,
      don’t limit it to california. the entire country would benefit if some decent independents with new ideas appeared on the political scene. the country is too big and too diverse to be represented by just 2 parties.

  5. Both of the women you show are tech executives and at least one of them can’t put together a decent website!

    • and the other one apparently doesn’t know how to use teh google. remember when carly was on the stump for capt underpants and was criticizing insurance companies for covering viagra for men but not birth control for women? she should have known that capt u voted against forcing insurance companies to cover birth control twice. πŸ˜†

  6. No GOP majority in any district, and yet our state remains one of the most dysfunctional I’ve yet lived in.

    • hello kvatch,
      welcome to the raisin! πŸ˜€

      i was just over at your place. i clicked over from helenwheel’s blog.

      i live in floriduhhhh, so i know all about dysfunctional states. πŸ™„ i feel your pain.

      • Nonnie…

        Having lived in Texas (where I was raised), Minnesota, Virginia, and California I have to say that California is bucking against Texas for the “dysfunctional prize”. Minnesota is remarkably functional, though with a few whack-jobs just to keep things interesting.

        Lived in Florida as a tiny tot but don’t remember much.

        • kvatch,
          if not for the palm trees, i doubt you’d even recognize floriduhhhhh. it’s changed so much. it used to be a fairly sane place, but they must have put something in the water years ago.

  7. Dealing with Republicans makes my brain hurt, so now I just ignore them…as best I can.

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