Almost every California Republican today realizes the party faces a serious dilemma upon whose resolution hinges the very life of the GOP in America’s largest state.
If the state party changes its long-held stances on things like illegal immigration (absolutely no form of amnesty or path to citizenship), gun control (against), gay marriage (against) and new taxes (none whatsoever), it will be deserting basic, long-held positions. But if it doesn’t make some changes, it will keep on losing because those stances do not square with the current preferences of most Californians.
Losses have been heavy to date: Democrats now have supermajorities of more than two-thirds in both houses of the Legislature, dominate the state’s congressional delegation by a 38-15 count and hold every statewide office, including the two U.S. Senate seats.
Into this bleak situation steps Jim Brulte, a former longtime Republican legislator from San Bernardino County who at last notice was unopposed in his quest to become party chairman during the GOP’s state convention in early March...