There are many Republicans looking for someone to blame for the Red Wave that wasn’t in Tuesday’s midterm election. They probably should look inward, rather than giving in to the impulse to blame.
Blame might be the most self-defeating coping mechanism.
A political observer and friend calls Democrats “the Corrupt Party,” and Republicans “the Stupid Party.” He has a point.
The first knee-jerk instinct of many Republicans Wednesday morning was to blame former President Donald Trump – and flawed candidates – two very shortsighted reactions.
Imagine blaming the person who took the leap and ran for public office. After being told by Republican leaders to “get involved,” “take a stand,” “run for office,” these same leaders turned on candidates and blamed the red whimper on “Candidate quality,” and Trump endorsements.
If there is an issue with “candidate quality,” who is vetting Republican candidates? Who helps them, who guides them, who leads them in their quest for elected office? The Republican Party? Political consultants? I’ve been told by far too many candidates for state and congressional offices that the Party was nowhere to be found when they needed them most. They are told they have to get elected first in order to receive Party support for future elections.
That is the equivalence of a business owner going to the bank for a loan, and the banker telling the owner they need to be in business longer to receive bank loan assistance.
In many years of analyzing and observing politics, politicians and voters, activist Republicans have morphed from the party of Ronald Reagan to a rudderless indifferent, entitled Party. Ron would be disappointed. Many of the powerbrokers in the state and national Party enjoy their roles so much, they won’t push the envelope or stray from the accepted party methods. But who defines this?
Too many Republicans appear to long for days gone by, and thrive on hope and not reality. And Party leaders feed them buckets of hope every election cycle, rather than focusing on what works – registering voters and voting in greater numbers. “Hope” elicits political contributions; registering new Republican voters takes money and time.
Then those registered voters actually need to vote, which appears to be a problem with many California Republicans. For too many, if their “perfect” candidate is not on the ballot, they stay home, and then complain that “they” aren’t doing enough.
Wednesday morning, before vote counting was even completed, the Republican National Committee (RNC), National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and RJC sent out fundraising requests for Hershel Walker’s December runoff against Rafael Warnock in Georgia. I hope they were helping him this much throughout the campaign.
In 2004, long-time radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt published a crucial book: “If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat.” His message – getting so many Republican voters to cast votes in an election that even if cheating takes place, it can’t impact election outcomes.
This leads to an observation of California politicians and voters – it’s a peculiar relationship. There are few distinguished politicians in the California Legislature any more, and in fact, most are unremarkable, others are shady, lack actual work experience and are intellectually deficient. Yet voters keep rewarding their incompetence and corruption.
California politics is now an actual industry of which there are few qualifications to get in.
California voters just disregarded the worst inflation in 40 years, the highest crime in decades, a President who can’t remember where he is, an energy crisis, high gas prices and a diesel shortage, the open border, hundreds of thousands of homeless living on the streets, and voted in the Democrats whose policies created all of this.
“Californians Vote For Inflation, More Crime, Water Shortages, High Gas Prices, And Abortion,” the Globe reported Wednesday.
A statewide survey on economic well-being conducted from October 7 to October 21 by the Public Policy Institute of California found “most Californians are predicting bad times for the state economy in the next 12 months (69%).”
The PPIC also reported:
- 23% of Californians say the lack of well-paying jobs in their region is a big problem.
- 23% of Californians say the lack of well-paying jobs is making them seriously consider moving out of the state.
- About 50% of Californians are upset about rising prices and a similar proportion say the cost of gasoline or other transportation is causing hardships.
- Many lower-income residents say it would be difficult to cover a $1,000 emergency expense.
- 50% or more Californians across income groups report having driven less due to the cost of gasoline in the past 12 months.
- 33% report having reduced meals or cut back on food to save money, including half of lower-income residents.
- 21% report having work hours reduced or pay cut this past year, including about one-third of lower-income residents.
- 43% of Californians—including half of lower-income residents—worry every day or almost every day about the cost of gasoline and other transportation.
Did the participants of the PPIC survey vote? Probably. Yet “most think state government should do more to reduce the gap between rich and poor.”
That was their conclusion – that is the California voter. They want the very government and elected lawmakers whose policies cause voters these very serious real world concerns and harms to do more? Ronald Reagan’s prophetic quote applies here: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.'”
Reagan also said, “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”
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