Every time the GOP Loses an election in California, the recriminations from the liberals are swift and predictable.
“We need a third Party”, “Abortion is a losing issue”, “People think we are racists”, “We need to moderate our tone”… I heard this in 1998 when Dan Lungren got hammered by Goobernor Dufus. I heard this in 2002 when Bill Simon Lost to a scandal plagued goobernor dufus. I heard this in 2003, while being lectured over supporting McClintock for Governor.
Save for the crazed Tim Donnelly who everyone should have opposed, the refrain was the same… a Conservative Can’t Win. Yet, we had our liberal Republicans like Meg and $150 Million who got hammered. Neel Kashkari almost got the same number 4 years later with a fraction of the money.
Why, then did John Cox (easily as conservative as Travis Allen) outperform in every Assembly and/or Congressional district Republicans lost? Why did John Cox beat the other GOP Statewide candidates by 3-5% depending on the race? He got attacked for being pro-life? Take a look at Orange County – where it was a bloodbath for the GOP, yet Cox’s number should get everyone’s attention.
Cox ran 8% ahead of Trump, 3,5% ahead of Kashkari and 4% ahead of Whitman. And John Cox is to the right of all three of them.
Kristen Olsen also made a base, personal attack against President Trump. She also declared the CAGOP Dead and the need for a 3rd party. (You know, one that she and her ex-boyfriend Chad Mayes can control and shape in their image)
Unfortunately, for Kristen Olsen and others like her with unclear minds, it is always someone else’s fault. Apparently, blaming others for your losses at the ballot box or defects of character is better than putting the work in.
For those of you just tuning in, Kristen Olsen is a current Stanislaus County Supervisor. She was a former member of the Assembly (who was also GOP leader at some point) whose tenure in the Assembly was marred by electoral defeats and a Stalinist purge of some of the best staffers that the GOP had.
The brain-drain continued under Chad Mayes as did the jolting to the left by the party leadership. Apparently, the jolt left was not far enough in her mind. Apparently the 11% GOP in Massachusetts is the goal here?
Olsen and Mayes had a long-running affair while both still married while both were in the Assembly. A little known former legislative staffer turned activist blew the lid off of the scandal. It triggered a series of events that resulted in Mayes’ ouster as GOP Minority leader after his ill-fated and ill-conceived “Cap and Trade” Debacle. Mayes and Olson’s legacy was sealed with the loss of at least 5 seats in the Assembly in 2018. This completed a run where the Assembly GOP Caucus shrunk from 30-20 members. (maybe 19) A New Way CA, I guess.
Mayes’ tenure as Assembly GOP leader ended with a narcissistic rage allowing him to retaliate against political adversaries because the Assembly GOP Caucus did not want to be seen as caving to outside pressure. (The Impact Republicans and Several County Parties called for Mayes’ ouster)
A lot of good the caucus’ grand strategy did. Mayes and Olsen joined with other “Republicans” nursing a grudge against President Trump to form the latest “New Republican” Group. Yawn.
You’d think they would get a clue that “their way ca” failed as they are standing in the middle of the smoldering embers of their leadership.
Olsen recently was arrested on suspicion of DUI. You’d also think after their public meltdown with the affair, retaliation, embarrassment and all that they would realize they have no moral authority.
It appears that Olsen will have to fall a lot further (as will Mayes) before they come to their senses and return to the faith they abandoned on their ego-fueled rampage. Neither should be taken seriously as a moral authority on anything.
I will conclude with this tidbit – I worked for Dr. Ben Carson in Nevada. Part of the reason I took the job was because I believed Dr. Carson was the one Presidential Candidate that could defeat President Trump in the Primary. Now President Trump ran his mouth on Carson a lot, like he does on everyone. If Dr. Carson could make peace with President Trump, than so could I. This leaves any still “Never-Trumper” Republicans out in the cold. The Never-Trumpers are the ones that need to change (either their attitude or their party affiliation), not the GOP. President Trump won fair and square.
The post-mortem on the election, if done correctly will tell us all that the Democrats, Outspent us, Outworked us, Outsmarted us and we were stuck in our tracks. It is clear to me that most within the GOP did not see the late onslaught of people on the ground dragging voters to the polls coming. Yes, the problems with minorities continue, white democrats returned home and suburban voters defected in spots. Everything in this list is fixable.
The good news is that it does not require an abandonment of our identity to fix. The bad news for Kristen Olsen (beyond her court dates) is that the real solutions to the 2018 drubbing will render her and her kind irrelevant.