Donald Trump has been a war with California since day one of his Presidency …
Republicans running for office a month ago got a resounding message from the voters out there….
‘We don’t like Donald Trump and those who run with him’….
The idea that campaign money produced the Blue Wave results in the state is just overlooking their main political problem….
The question going forward for the California GOP and others across the nation is ….What are they going to do for the next two years?
“If you were running for dogcatcher in Orange County – or in a lot of places in California – and you had an ‘R’ next to your name on the ballot, you lost,” said Andrew Acosta, a Democratic consultant in the state. “It was Trump. Trump created this. There wasn’t much Republicans could do to stop it.”
It could be decades before state Republicans’ chances recover, some in the party say.
“This is the death of the Republican Party” in California, said Mike Madrid, a Republican consultant in the state. “There’s no coming back from this for at least a generation, if not more.”
Still other Republicans pointed fingers at the campaigns themselves, arguing that none of the congressional campaigns “were any different than any other generic Republican, so that was the fundamental problem,” said John Thomas, a GOP consultant based in California. “Trump was underwater in all the other seats, except in Dana’s, so that was an easy argument for Democrats to make, vote out the generic Republicans.”
Rexroad, who worked on Knight’s campaign, said he’s still grappling with what happened, weighing whether the results hinged on tactics or on atmospherics.
“Honestly, I don’t know what we could’ve done,” he said. “I’m going to spend a lot of my time over the holidays thinking about it.”….