The field dressing must have worked, but what about CA?
They were saying that about the Republicans nationally as recently as 2009, but Obama and the Democrats' Socialist overreaching, incompetence and corruption had changed that perception in mere months, improbably catapulting the "dying Repubicans" back into the game. But, not before enormous damage in spending, social legislation, foreign/enegy/environmental policy was done -- and is continuing to be done-- by a"lame duck" Congress, even as I write this. But, don't forget that the Republicans helped get us into this mess. The Democrats just made it worse. The Republicans better not blow it in DC this time, or they are headed for extinction.
But, things are MUCH different in Cal-ee-fornia, which bucked the national trend big time, leaving the GOP and Tea Parties in shock. We certainly didn't expect a blow-out sweep, but neither did we expect such a resounding defeat.
California is a very blue state, addicted to left wing ideology, run by Progressive Democrats, hopelessly bankrupt, in a major demographic shift, driven by legal and illegal immigration. A majority of people here are now beholden to entitlements and will vote their pocket books. I can only see it getting worse before it gets better. In fact, Republicans might be grateful that they didn't win, because we will likely crash regardless of who is in charge the next few years, since too much damage has been done for mere mortals to clean up in short order and whoever's watch it happens on will be blamed, as Obama is finally learning in DC.
The rest of the nation is, except for some "blue enclaves," basically Conservative lite. Most people recognized the extreme left turn by Obama/Pelosi/Reid, Congress and many state houses as a very bad thing and decisively, although not overwhelmingly, reversed it on November 2.
I believe that the California trend will only be reversed when the "Golden State" crashes hard and is forced to change, which unfortunately, seems inevitable. Hate to say this, but all evidence indicates it. That will be a very harsh and expensive lesson, which will destroy the economy and many lives. Many people and companies already voted with their feet and got themselves, family and assets out of Dodge. Many of us are still here. More will be moving their residences, families and assets out, which will make it even worse here.
This is not happening simply because the Republican party melted down, but because people have rejected sound economic and social principles, which are not the province of any one political party. The presence of Whitman, Maldonado, Dunn and their ilk on the ticket proved that the Democrats don't have a monopoly on Progressivism.
But it hardly mattered whether Republicans were Progressive, Conservative, "moderate" or whatever. They lost in droves. Those who sincerely believed that Republicans could win if only they embraced Democrat issues, STILL backed losing candidates. Even Sarah Palin threw Chuck DeVore under the bus to embrace Carly Fiorina. Our so-called "leaders" told us that Carly would be more acceptable to the voters, had more money and better name recognition. As a matter of fact, polls during the primary, matching various candidates up against probable Democrat opponents, showed that various GOP candidates had about equal chances, in contests such as the Senate race against Boxer.
California's unemployment rate is significantly higher than the national average. Businesses and jobs are fleeing by the thousands and millions, respectively. Voters did not appear to link that to very high taxes, unfriendly business climate, high costs, burdensome regulations and also to the people/policies that they have been voting into office -- over and over again -- as things got worse and worse.
The good news is that the creative destruction that will ensue will eventualy clear the way for a rebirth and rebuilding. Of course, that is rather small consolation when you get wrapped up in the destructive phase. The people I know who who are doing best right now are involved in businesses profiting from foreclosures, certain education, certain high-tech, selected health care, government, food,selected commodities, current fads/trends, selected entertainment/media and out of state/out of country things.
So much for my rant. Here's the AP take on things, which ran in many places this week and says GOP lost because it wasn't in the "political center" on immigration, climate change and healthcare "reform."