OC GOP's Apocalypse Now

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

"It wasn't easy," she said. "I'd say the reason [for winning] was hard work. No, really. Loretta told me that there is no substitution for knocking on doors, meeting people and attending community events. People want to meet you, see you. That's what I did. Jason, my campaign manager, targeted certain areas we needed to win. We started walking neighborhoods in July, and we never stopped. I had so many people tell me, 'You are the first candidate who has ever bothered to knock on my door.' We worked our butts off."

According to Quirk-Silva, her critics—some of whom she believes are misogynistic—habitually underestimate her. "My first council race against Mike Clesceri was very much like this one against Norby," she said. "Some people said, 'Oh, you were lucky. You didn't win. Clesceri lost.' Those are the kind of things I heard, and I'm hearing them again after this election."

Her list of key reasons for her victory includes the strength and determination of her candidacy, the efforts of her numerous volunteers, voters' desire for political change, and her campaign's early recognition of a reality she believes Norby never saw.

Quirk-Silva sold herself as a “teacher, mayor and leader”
Quirk-Silva sold herself as a “teacher, mayor and leader”

"After redistricting, it's a fundamentally different district," she said. "There are new demographics. It's now more diverse. Could I have beaten Norby in the old 72nd District? That would have been a stretch."

As evidence Norby was out of touch, she noted that his campaign literature used a controversial image. The picture showed the assemblyman standing with Marilyn Davenport, an elderly, white, Republican Party Central Committee representative who won national infamy in 2011 when the Weekly revealed she'd emailed a racist image depicting Obama and his parents as chimpanzees.

"Okay, that didn't help," Baugh wryly observed.

Allan Bartlett, a longtime Republican activist in Irvine and a past member of the GOP central committee, was more blunt. Bartlett called the Davenport mailer—which was produced by consultant John Lewis, who worked for corrupt Sheriff Mike Carona before his FBI and IRS arrest—"political malpractice." And he added, "How stupid can you be?"

In the final stages of the race, potential major Democratic donors finally accepted polling results that showed Quirk-Silva could win. Norby's camp had been bragging it was in the lead by double digits and publicly held the challenging campaign in contempt. But the rhetoric was betrayed by repeated, anxious demands for a debate. (As a rule of thumb, incumbents avoid debates in close elections if they believe they are in the lead.) It spoke volumes about the state of the race in October that Quirk-Silva was the one who didn't go out of her way to share a stage.

Democratic Party committees around the state, labor unions and corporations such as Disney didn't mistake the signals. A supermajority in Sacramento obviously was within reach. According to independent journalist John Hrabe, those groups decided in the final weeks of the race to funnel more than $292,000 in contributions to defeat Norby.

Given her past, Quirk-Silva won't be surprised to learn Baugh isn't willing to give her credit for her victory. He insists her last-minute financial windfall from out-of-district sources made her the winner. "That's what was determinative in the election," said Baugh. "The Democrats wanted it more. They went into overdrive to pick up the seat."

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What will it take for the GOP to go into overdrive? You have to wonder what other motivation Republicans need to revamp their efforts. Consider these trends and facts for the party faithful:

• Since 2004, the GOP has lost 31,000 registrations countywide, while Democrats picked up 80,000 new voters.

• In the June open-primary election, Dianne Feinstein, a San Francisco Democrat, grabbed 53,000 more votes in OC than the second-place finisher, Republican Elizabeth Emken.

• Orange County's congressional delegation was entirely Republican in 1996, but following the recent election, it will include three Democratic representatives—Loretta Sanchez, Linda Sanchez and Alan Lowenthal.

• In the new 72nd Assembly District, voters soundly rejected the GOP-backed candidate, unscrupulous Los Alamitos City Councilman Troy Edgar, by handing a 16,000-vote win to a more independent Republican, Travis Allen.

• In Irvine, Republican contributors or operatives such as Adam Probolsky, Patrick Strader, Jimmy Camp and Dave Gilliard betrayed local GOP candidates by aiding the campaign of liberal Democrat Larry Agran, who has a history of giving allies lucrative, no-bid city contracts.

• In 1984, Ronald Reagan defeated Democrat Walter Mondale in Orange County by a margin of 429,000 votes; in 2004, George W. Bush beat Democrat John Kerry by 223,000 votes; and in 2012, Mitt Romney captured just 70,000 more votes than Barack Obama.

Such statistics alarm activists.

"I honestly don't know if the party can be saved in California," said Bartlett. "I worry that [maybe] we haven't hit rock-bottom."

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It's a certainty that if Republicans don't improve relations with Latinos, the fastest-growing segment of voters, they are doomed statewide and in ever-expanding sections of north and central OC. But some Republicans seem determined to continually offend. From his perch inside an overwhelmingly white and Republican coastal congressional district, Rohrabacher, for example, has dismissively called Latinos "Pedro" or "illegals." The tactic delights the right-wing fringe nuts he parties with at local bars, but it sabotages GOP-outreach efforts.

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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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