With this hopeful
prospect, why the near despair among so many Republicans about the
In his New
York Times report, "In California, GOP Fights Steep Decline,"
Adam Nagourney delves into the reasons.
In the Golden
Land, a state Nixon carried all five times he was on a national
ticket and Reagan carried by landslides all four times he ran, the
GOP does not hold a single statewide office. It gained not a single
House seat in the 2010 landslide. Party registration has fallen
to 30 percent of the California electorate and is steadily sinking.
Why? It is
said that California Republicans are too out of touch, too socially
conservative on issues like right-to-life and gay rights. "When
you look at the population growth," says GOP consultant Steve Schmidt,
"the actual party is shrinking. It's becoming more white. It's becoming
Race, age and
ethnicity are at the heart of the problem. And they portend not
only the party's death in California, but perhaps its destiny in
the rest of America.