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The California GOP Has a Mexican!

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  1. Brian, You give a very good assessment of just how important California elections are to the rest of the Country….Also the examples of the National GOP indicate you ‘may’ be correct about California’s….Before I make suggestions, allow me to tell you that I am very pro Tea Party, co-founder of a 9-912 Group and a contributor to the Tea Party Patriots…..mummers & rumors are about the same & can be equally damaging if actual content is lost….And, you of all people, know what a difference a single word makes.

    The grassroots POWER of the Tea Party is undeniable!!! And they field ‘good’ people with ‘good’ intentions. Even so, not all are truly qualified to carry out ‘the mission’. I think it is vital that ALL candidates be vetted by the individual voter…While I do not now live in California, I have taken time to look at the profile of both of these men…Neither one is free of flaws…ie: Donnnelly has that TSA incident where he never said if he had a gun permit or not (was this a disregard for the law) He failed to complete his studies at U of M (lack of drive or follow through??) Maldonado on the other had has made some votes that might be questioned….California, like the other 49 States has both the Conservative and Moderate, as well as Democrats. Elected officials must not be bound to serving just one of groupings….There is no candidate that walks on water (not even Ted Cruz) I worked his campaign because he met the 3 most important qualities I felt were absolutely needed in a Candidate, not because he was the Tea Party guy.

    Do you think that statement like “We have a Mexican” might further divide the Party ?

    I am thrilled that you have been paying attention & want to bring your choice out for others. I do wish you’d told us more about him rather than what you believe the tired GOP’s cheap soundbites will be (even though you’re likely right)

    Thanks for caring

    • You are right and I wouldn’t argue with you, but I wasn’t trying to highlight the candidates or anything about them. Perhaps I will revisit them both at another time and talk about that, or whoever ends up being the front-runner. The point of my article is that the CA GOP seems to have the idea that in order to not be picked on by the media and to win California, they need to field a minority candidate. My satire was aimed at the silliness behind that idea. To use a specific candidate to target, mostly, a specific voting block, is ridiculous, and that’s what this is about. The Hispanic population in California is huge and mainly votes Democratic; the Republicans want some of that pie, so they’re running a Hispanic candidate. Right now, this isn’t about who’s who or what they’ve done or stand for. For all I know, once I learn more I learn about Mr. Maldonado, I may actually like him. But, for now, I think the state GOP is, as Limbaugh as pointed out with the national party, acting from a state of Post Traumatic Shock from the beatings they’re taking in the media. Thinking they can win because “we have minorities, too, see?” is a worse strategy than “hope”. Highlighting minority candidates won’t divide the party, it will seem like straw-grasping desperation to convince the public that Republicans are more than old white men.

      • Point taken….funny how after your comment I read your post again and see it differently. I think I’ve become ‘too’ jaded and see boogie men in too many things. I am convinced that Obama was re-elected because far to many ‘Republicans held on to their personal ideal candidate & refused to vote for anyone else. It’s a tired but true fact that good as a candidate is, If they can’t get elected it does no good. Will look forward to further posts…

        • I appreciate your feedback, Jan, thank you for reading.

          A lot went wrong in 2012, and maybe I’ll talk about it sometime, because it needs to be explored. I think Romney’s biggest handicap was his religion. I know many Christians (the precious Evangelicals the Republicans covets) refused to vote for him because of that (at least ones in my sphere of influence). I think many in the Tea Party also stayed home to make a point to the GOP Establishment–don’t ignore or insult us. Many more voters stayed home, too, because Obama didn’t even crack 51%. What conservatives need to do is ask themselves why the results were that way and make a plan for the future. So far, from the Tea Party, we want to double down on ideals; the Establishment wants only to “run a moderate” (or, really, a RINO) and that, more so than funky slogans, is dividing the party.

          • I really hope you will do more articles as the field is narrowed. Far too many just know ‘sound bites’ When I evaluate, I establish a list of 3 MUST have & 3 wanna haves. the support the one that tallies up the majority of what I feel is needed. I have family in California & went to SD State (eons ago) Didn’t realize how liberal I was. It was through reading that I learned there was another world. That’s more true today than then. A clear distinction is so needed. People like you can help with that. Far too many candidates seem to be willing to serve (after) self serving. Enjoy our Blessed Day of Thanks.