Monday, March 19, 2018

As the California Democratic Party crumbles (continued)
  Some California Democrats have discovered that
  California may prevent the takeover of the House

As noted previously in As the California Democratic Party crumbles (continued): California Democrats abandon key elections to monied interests per 2010 Prop 14 voter wishes and As the California Democratic Party crumbles: California's Democrats meet to create a winning year, only being anti-Trump may not be a panacea, the biggest single problem for Democrats in California is small-d democrats.

In the LA Times article today California's free-for-all primary election rules could surprise everyone in 2018 ... again we can read that indeed there is a problem here in the most Democratic of states that literally might prevent the Democrats from taking over the U.S. House of Representatives. Regarding the upcoming open primary the article notes: "The nonpartisan California Target Book now counts 60 Democrats running in the 14 districts currently represented by Republicans."

The article discusses the fact that Katie Merrill, whose Fight Back California political action committee is betting the bank on the seven Republican districts won by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, has a real fear.

    Recent polling by Merrill's PAC found significant potential for GOP candidates in Southern California's hottest races to finish first and second — even though a plurality of those surveyed said they would "definitely" vote Democratic. That includes seats being vacated by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and the reelection effort of embattled Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa).
    Merrill said her group prefers to spend its money solely against Republicans but may have to help at least one Democrat stand out in some of those crowded primary contests. "We're going to have to shift our focus," she said.

As I wrote previously California Democratic Party doesn't want to offend even one Democrat who has an oversized ego. So they didn't endorse anyone to end up in the top two in any Congressional district where it is important. That's the California Democratic Party I've come to know and hate.

The Democrats are likely to lose their rds majority in the one or both houses of the Legislature at least partly because of the dumb democrats (small-d) who get to vote on implementing ideas that are ...dumb... such as the open primary.

But maybe this is all good, because I'm not sure the Democrats deserve to be able to set a policy agenda anywhere until they figure out that winning elections is the only "top group" priority for a political party. After a party wins then they can worry about structuring and implementing "second level" priorities - if they don't win, it doesn't matter what those second level priorities are.

Of course, those "second level" priorities should be policy structured and implemented so they can win two, four, and six years later.

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