OC GOP's Apocalypse Now

The party's over for Republicans in Orange County and California

OC GOP's Apocalypse Now

For Orange County and California Republicans, it was difficult to imagine a more dire political situation going into the 2012 November elections: If state Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton) lost his seat to relative newcomer Sharon Quirk-Silva, he would hand Democrats supermajority powers in Sacramento and, during a period with monumental governmental decisions pending, officially make Republicans irrelevant in state politics for the first time in 80 years.

A Quirk-Silva victory in the newly drawn 65th State Assembly District—a swath encompassing parts of Anaheim, Fullerton, Cypress, La Palma, Buena Park, Brea and Stanton that looks like a partially melted Pac-Man—would represent the proverbial nail in the coffin for Republicans by not only leaving Democrats in control of every major elected office (two U.S. Senate seats, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, controller, superintendent of public instruction and insurance commissioner), but also in insurmountable domination of the state Legislature.

That outcome would mean Democrats could run California on whim even more so than they have for the two years since Arnold Schwarzenegger thankfully returned to making horrible action movies. Republicans would be powerless against legislation dreamed up by the liberal-tilting coalition of public-employee unions, environmentalists, gays, women, blacks, Latinos, Asians and pro-consumer watchdogs that has set the agenda in Sacramento for the past 15 years. They couldn't even perform their usual task of thwarting tax and fee increases on individuals and corporations.

You might guess that doomsday scenario would motivate conservatives to take emergency action to ensure Norby's re-election. After all, party activists went into DEFCON 1 over Barack Obama's birth certificate and, as has been voiced by wide-eyed, tequila-guzzling Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), the president's secret desires to make the USA a subsidiary of the United Nations and a protector of Islamic terrorists. Surely, the inescapable effects of a Quirk-Silva win meant they'd drop the fantasies and pour overwhelming resources and cutthroat strategies into thwarting her candidacy.

Incredibly, it didn't, and Republicans can't claim ignorance of the consequences. Dozens of pre-election news articles laid out the stakes of the contest centering on voters in the 65th. These people would decide whether to send the party of Abe Lincoln into the corner for a minimum two-year timeout.

When all the votes were tallied, Quirk-Silva didn't just squeak by Norby. The Fullerton mayor easily won a race that both liberal and conservative campaign experts labeled in pre-election analysis as a solid GOP seat. She pulled ahead early on election night, never relinquished the lead and ultimately sailed to victory with a 5,500-vote margin.

For decades, Orange County Democrats such as Loretta Sanchez, Tom Umberg, Jose Solorio, Jerry Patterson and Lou Correa won state or federal elections only in portions of the county where they enjoyed sizeable voter-registration advantages. Quirk-Silva made history. With the help of her rookie campaign manager, 31-year-old ex-punk-rock band member Jason Mills, the elementary-school teacher did what was considered impossible in a place once hailed by conservatives as Reagan Country: defeated a Republican incumbent in a district where Republicans outnumbered Democrats at the outset of the race and which for decades had sent rabid right-wingers to Sacramento.

Was the victory of another Latina Democrat over a veteran, white Republican politician a meaningless fluke or further proof of the GOP's inability to adapt to shifting population demographics? Have OC and California Republicans finally hit rock-bottom? Do they have a plan to recover some semblance of power? Or are they destined for more ballot-box irrelevance?

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Inside the Newport Beach lobbying offices he shares with fellow Republican heavyweights Jim Righeimer and Jon Fleischman, Scott Baugh knows there are angry members of his party who are demanding a major overhaul. Through one-way, light-deflecting windows, Baugh can gaze at the tranquil lawns of the Pacific Club, a hotspot for business and political deals. But the chairman of the Orange County Republican Party isn't hiding his assessment of the party's status quo.

"We're doing a poor job," said Baugh, a former state Assemblyman and Assembly Republican Leader from Huntington Beach. "We've got the right principles about prosperity and freedom, but we're not communicating them to voters. Too many of our candidates have lost the ability to articulate a bright and bold future for the average American. We have too much of a corporate mentality, and it's not working."

Though Republicans continue to occupy more than 90 percent of all public offices in OC, Baugh twice used the word "fatigue" to describe party members' mood following recent state and federal election losses. "There's no doubt we've seen a decline of the Republican Party in Orange County and California," he said. "It's really a statewide issue. We've had national tickets that ignore OC except for the cash-o-nomics, and it's difficult to get people to the polls when they aren't excited about the candidates at the top of the ticket."

Other troubles are more homegrown. A mention of Quirk-Silva's victory produced a sigh, and Baugh somberly noted that even if Norby had been re-elected, California Republicans still would have botched the elections because they also lost another so-called safe Republican assembly seat in the Palmdale/Lancaster area. "So Democrats have a supermajority and a one-vote cushion in Sacramento," he said. "The question is: How long will that last? Two years? Four years?"

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thom2342003
thom2342003

5 poorest cities in America:  Miami, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Detroit...All run by...wait for it... DEMOCRATS!  Let's see how well California does now that the DEMOCRATS are a super-majority.

jesselatour
jesselatour

Nice, informative article.  I live in Fullerton and I've seen a lot of changes in the past couple years especially.  I welcome the change.  I think fithinblue is doing what is called "trolling".

chezvern
chezvern

"I was speaking at Los Amigos [after the election], and I used the term
'undocumented workers,' and people got upset with me," he said. "I
honestly didn't know that was an offensive term."

What a payaso.  Scott Baugh did NOT say 'undocumented workers' when he went to Los Amigos, that would not have upset anyone.  What he said of course was "illegals."  Whiney-ass panty-waist.

fithinblue
fithinblue

I know the exact family CISEN lineage that is controlling the amnesty what they call hamster wheel cycle too. So its my time as a 500th generation palladin to stop the dark one sided policy of Mexico in the USA. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

do you think the Republic would allow the Democrats to use CISEN and illegal criminal seat voter seed building without a counter with Democracy laws. The 20 million Democrat seat amnesty voter seats we have given as per law we get 20 million counter voter seats to be allowed in. Yes we do keep track of how they vote and what they say their are when they are given amnesty. And so we now can see where the heaviest concentration of Democrat amnesty grid building is and it is in California. So under my Republican fist leadership. I will dump the majority here in California to counter and spread across the boarder too. Orthodox Republicans. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

20 million legal Republicans will invade soon. As that is law 20 million illegal immigrants given amnesty over the last 50 years. So we get to use our 20 million boost when we want too and I am going boost with it now. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIiUqfxFttM

fithinblue
fithinblue

oh no the pillow case heads watch out they are hear to lynch you over your race cause they have mexicans, spanish, africans in them but still oh no its not criminality its about race gustavo the pillow heads oh noooo

fithinblue
fithinblue

hahahahah who yooooooo CISEN hellooooooo

fithinblue
fithinblue

terrorists all of CISEN proxy agents are. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

like hamster in his take over cycle of america he calls them you whoooo gussy old boy

fithinblue
fithinblue

whoop whoopp whoop arses chan chany chaaaaan chaaaaaan 

fithinblue
fithinblue

chan chananistas chan chaaaaaaan Democracy balance kick arses fascist CISEN

fithinblue
fithinblue

If you want to kick CISEN arses join the Knights Templar Masonic institution to start the conspiracy I need the ranks to overflow with patriot US citizens against the CISEN take over of the USA. 

cynthia.curran8
cynthia.curran8

Basically, the GOP has problems with white voters in the county, its down, they could do better with white voters and win. Hispanics probably at the most only make up 20 percent of the voting and asians a around 15 percent since asians are more likely to be citizens. The OC GOP is dated as mention they admire Reagan who was responsible along with Ted Kennedy by changing deomgraphics. Reagan IRCA and Kennedy's chain migration. Personality, I don't see the county being more than 50 percent hispanic. Immirgation from Latin Countries will drop because of birth rates and a rising standard of living this will take time but San Diego has in the last few years recieved more legal immirgantion than Orange County which means immirgation is really less hispanic and more asian  or from other places.

fithinblue
fithinblue

The law of US migration policy would say either policy under foreign espionage counter to local espionage major builds up or legal one time flood which would be better as the criminal culture is still controlled by CISEN. That it would be completely legal as per 50 years of building illegally one sided Democrat party migrant grids. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

if you read the legal migrant laws. It is that for every one leftist the US has to have one rightist. But with the Mexican CISEN issue its all just pure Democrat grid building. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

in all reality the Republic needs to counter grid seed voter seats with family lineages. Where today Mexicans who come here and take world balance legal migrant seats that are young families that come from big families so they have five kids. The US citizens are being gridded out of culture jobs social propaganda and their own heritage. So the US Republican party needs to find those conservative droves of future seeded voters that have been forced out each year due to Mexican illegals take up the legal balanced migrant quota's and then properly say you know what this is an NSA issue when a culture comes here so much and their government and espionage says they desire to in the end take our lands from us through force. That we have to allow the Republic to pick herd like the Democrats allow CISEN To fund illegal industries for their one sided party building for over 50 years. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

where Colombia Italy and other foreign espionage grid movements created a balanced migration and balanced social grid building. CISEN just builds one sided party grids to take over. As the majority of CISEN espionage work has create a fascist country in Mexico. The majority of one sided Democrat rappers that use the projection systems get millions in narco product to subsidize their rap and make them seem cool to the kids the Mexicans use muscle, social propoganda and brain chemical subversion to build one sided grids. With the conservative flood one time. We could counter back to a 1950's style what is cool is car's family church and anti leftist coolness. Not this drug epidemic Rapper CISEN funded social style stuff. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

with a mass movement like that it is harder for CISEN Democrat brain chemical subversion to make them fear the Mexican espionage and muscle as they come here in droves they bring their conservative values of fighting and most countries do not have the epidemic of Mexican drugs and gangs as we do here. They have conservative church lives. They just want to come here to live in a bigger land and be able to make more money. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

what we need to do legally is what the Democrats did illegal which was during the cold war they built Chinese and Russian grids around Hollywood and studios so they could create future hollywood just easy jobs take over of the projection unit. So we have Czech, Polish, German, Indian, major conservative well known hard core religious voters that will vote Republican if it is seen we are the ones helping their people come here then counter build grids around Hollywood to retake the projection units and easy jobs. The republic could build a great case for an NSA push through military to open the flood gates to those loyal international Republican voter migrants that are not allowed in as the Mexicans are coming here illegally and taking their legal migrant chances. This then would counter grids and create counter conspiracies to build grids with conservative loyal bases. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

Currently today there are over 20 million legal conservative migrants that can't come to the USA legally. But each year millions of Democrat voters can just cross the boarder and come here to build grids and they keep our boarder porous and keep our grids filled with CISEN proxy warriors that muscle in their grids and voter seats for future presido wars. If the Conservative congress would flood the USA with a one time California directive of the legal conservative voters we would see the grid balance back out to a Democracy and not a Mexican style fascist 70 years worth of one sided political party building and over 50 years of one sided political party building in the USA by CISEN. 

fithinblue
fithinblue

CISEN users their drugs smuggling and criminal enterprises to prop up Democrats in their light grids that they invade. So the Republic needs to find a legal way or a NSA counter invasion to stop Mexico our neighbor with a directive to create guerrilla warfare grids to take over our lands to invade to stop the one sided racist 80% for over 50 years one sided illegal migration and amnesty policies we have here. 

chezvern
chezvern

@thom2342003 First thing I see as a sign is, California suddenly no longer has a deficit.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@thom2342003 Democrats have largely been running CA for many years and, yes, now that they have a super-majority we're all watching what they will do with this new, enormous power. Grab too much and they'll risk losing their current position in 2014.

 
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