Apr 112017
 

This Blogger recently became aware of a secret meeting held in Orange County related to trying to shore up Orange County in an attempt to forestall the free-falling Republican Registration and the electoral disaster in 2016. Hitlary won Orange County by 8.5% (Trump won my home county by 14, BTW)

Ling Ling Chang lost her State Senate race. John Newman responded by voting yes on the largest tax increase in State History.

Young Kim lost her Assembly Seat. Sharon Quirk-Silva repaid the voters of Orange County by walking out of her hospital room to the floor of the Assembly to cast her yes vote (after campaigning to defend Prop 13).

Dana Rohrabacher is said to be vulnerable.

Stephen Choi is said to be vulnerable.

Darrell Issa is indeed Vulnerable.

Janet Nguyen holds a dem-leaning State Senate Seat.

Ed Royce may be Vulnerable as the two above losses for the GOP occurred in districts that underlie his Congressional seat.

Mimi Walters has also made the DCCC candidate Abortion list for 2018.

This leaves the GOP with a handful of safe seats in Orange County. While Senator John Moorlach has stepped up his game raising more money than he ever has before (and giving it to other Republicans), still others in safe seats like Matthew Harper struggle to raise enough money to buy groceries. Pat Bates and Bill Brough are playing key roles, while Travis Allen is trying to make noise on the State Stage. Does this mean Travis is getting ready to leave the Assembly to run for higher office, or is he trying to build the team?

I wish I could say news of this meeting was causing me great feelings of hope and joy. But, my response was more sadness and questions as I’ve seen the disaster of 2016 in the making for 10+years.

Why did it take until now for members of Congress from Orange County to engage at this level?

The main thrust of this meeting was getting money IN to California to run voter registration and grassroots organizing. This is an apparent short-term response to the democrat propaganda publication known as the Hill bragging that a top Dem operative has been sent to Orange County to oversee attacking 6-8 Republicans in CA, holding 2 Nevada seats and attacking 2 Republicans in Washington State. I wish him luck as apparently the dems still think they can “Get Trump”.

Why did it take until now for members of Congress from Orange County to engage at this level?

For years, I’ve despaired of a generation of Republican Partisan Electeds who could care less about the political disaster around them as long as their own district was safe and their new run for office was on track. The timing of this meeting with the circumstances surrounding it causes me to ask the obvious question, are they doing it because of their own self interest? Or, has it finally gotten that bad that they have to act?

Then there is the OC GOP itself. There is a desperate need for a cultural change. Separate my disdain for a few individual members and take a look from 30,000 feet. Something broke 20 years ago. This is not Fred Whitaker’s Fault, this is a cultural issue. Has the current leadership of the OC GOP taken a good thorough look at what broke? Can they fix it? Do they have a plan? Has anyone been honest with themselves long enough to allow their ego to accept the reality of the current situation? <<< This is a serious question, not some sort of blogger slam.

I’ve been told by friends in Orange County that they do have a plan. This is good. How do they fund it? What are they going to do and where? Are they going to do something different with it?

Senator John Moorlach has demonstrated that an old dog can learn new tricks as he has transformed himself in to a donor. Will others follow that lead? Can others learn new stripes?

I was told that there was a small program worth about $500k that did targeted voter registration in 2016. I can only imagine how much worse it would have been without that.

So Mimi Walters, Ed Royce and others are engaging now that they are threatened. (This is my opinion and I am open to being challenged with facts that suggest otherwise) In California, we will take it. We will take any activity by anyone regardless of motive as we need to stop the bleeding that has our registration number down below 26% statewide.

Dear OC GOP – the ball is in your court. If there is going to be wads of money spent, please make a plan and identify where lost ground can be regained. Please see if you can find angry NPP voters that left the GOP and minister to them. Please find the #nevertrumper folks that I believe contributed to the margin in 2016 and see if they are responding to the facts about what Trump is doing. Don’t read the Hill and other publications that say Trump is unpopular, the election proved people lie to pollsters. If the OCGOP leads, as in breaks the set-in insular culture of the last 20 years, the results will become self-evident at the ballot box.

The good news? I do believe that the OCGOP has it within them to repair the damage and get back on a winning streak. Will they admit fault where necessary, ask and answer the hard questions and then finish the job with the hard work necessary?

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