The Oligarchy of Controlled Failure. Remember the term. First – have a look at what appeared on the California Political Review Today:
The Big Story
We are about 170 days from the November election.
Yet, on Thursday the long term, highly professional Executive Director of the California Republican Party “resigned”. Cynthia Bryant has been with the Party as ED for seven years. Well respected in California and Washington, she built a Team getting ready for the November election. She tried to unite all parts of the Party, for victory.
Does anyone believe that a consummate professional like Cynthia Bryant would leave so close to the election? Yes, she “said” she was tired—but professionals do not quit this close to an election. Think about it. Oh, they made her a “Senior Advisor”, she will continue to get paid, along with the new Executive Director, and the $250,000 a year to the Chair.
In her place Sarah Nelson was hired. The one campaign she worked in California was as a political director for Meg Whitman in 2010—who in 2016 was a National Co-Finance chair for Hillary Clinton. In 2012 she worked for Romney—need I tell anyone who much Romney has sided with the Democrats to harm the GOP and the President.
(Disclosure: in 2007-8 I worked for a more moderate candidate for President, Mayor Rudy Giuliani. As we all know he has been a major DEFENDER of President Trump—unlike Whitman and Romney)
Remember it was on March 2, 2020 in the Los Angeles Times the Chair made the sophomoric advice to GOP candidates NOT to mention President Trump. It is a good thing that Mike Garcia did not listen. From the earliest days in his campaign he made clear he supported President Trump and his policies. Also note the numerous tweets from the President in support of Garcia. In 2018 a Democrat won the seat by 7 points, in 2020 Garcia won it by 12 points—plus the Dems had 17,000 more registrants than GOP’ers in the intervening 18 months.
I presume our other candidates see the lesson here. Trump is a winner. Ignore him and the volunteers will go elsewhere. Think I am wrong? Remember Catherine Baker, Steve Knight, David Hadley—they did not endorse Trump are now FORMER Legislators.
When I wrote about the purge of CAGOP Staff Last week, I did not mention the new ED by Name. The connection to the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure is clear. Hers is a pedigree that is the same as the current control agents of the CAGOP: Whitman, Romney and Marco Rubio. With all due respect to the new Executive Director of the CAGOP it is clear that she is an acolyte of Jeff Randle, Cynthia Bryant was not.
It is the opinion of this blogger based on off-the-record conversations that Randle and crew have completed a purge of the CAGOP’s Staff. It is also clear that Never-Trumpers are in charge now (labeled as such because of their heritage, not their current rhetoric).
The last time Mr. Randle and crew had significant influence in things GOP – they rigged a CRA endorsement of Mitt Romney in 2008 with a string of fake clubs. This was replicated in other organizations and only hastened all of their decline. It is the 1990’s era consultant model – Control it, it you can’t control it, destroy it. Do not forget that Jeff Randle and crew were responsible for recruiting primary opponents to conservative republican opponents of Pete Wilson’s then unprecedented tax increases. (I’ve found little evidence of a similar effort directed against democrats)
Why do I mention the CRA and other organization’s issues from 2008? It is my opinion based on years of observations that the people in charge of the CAGOP neither want participation nor input from people they don’t pay and/or control. Some of us long time observers point out the deleterious effects of decisions on the grassroots and they appear to not care. (unless it is showing up on national TV to take credit for Mike Garcia’s victory that they actually opposed pre-primary by ignoring the CRP ByLaws and the will of the local GOP committees)
Kevin McCarthy – to co-leader of the Oligarchy of Controlled Failure was actually arguing against Proxy Voting on the floor of Congress – yet his CAGOP Chairman was elected with 44% proxy votes. Real GOP Activists resent proxy voting – yet Deborah Wilder (rumored to be a successor to the current CAGOP Chair), Luis Buhler, Jeff Randle and others run proxy drills funded by Kevin McCarthy and others to control the CAGOP.
The CAGOP Committees (like initiatives, rules, etc) have next to no one on them that did not support the current CAGOP Chair.
The CAGOP’s staff has been completely turned over since the current CAGOP Chair got elected.
The CAGOP ignored the will of the local GOP in AD-72 and CA-25 at the behest of politician leaders refusing to endorse Mike Garcia and ignoring the opposition to Tyler Diep. On more than one occasion people like Deborah Wilder and other acolytes of Jeff Randle tried to rally votes against the will of the local parties to thwart party endorsements.
The CAGOP had long since given up on running voter registration programs, bounty programs or any of the natural things you do to rally grassroots.
What’s the endgame of Trump denial syndrome, shutting grassroots out of the party organization, shunning volunteers, controlling the party with proxy votes, ignoring local GOP’s creating apathy, purging the CAGOP Staff and publicly taking credit for the efforts of the same people?
It is the 1990’s era consultant playbook of setting up a monopolized political machine. It is the opinion of this blogger that these folks are lining up the pieces to promote Kevin Faulconer for Governor in 2022 and then a Presidential Candidate in 2024 (Marco Rubio 2.0?). The pattern is recognizable, purge staff that are not your people, isolate enemies, stack the internal organizations only with acolytes, foster apathy and division among those on the outside and then monetize the operation.
The problem is that the CAGOP is already dead. They finished it off. They are in control of a shell with empty pacs and volunteer activists that are going elsewhere with their efforts.