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While I don’t agree with a friend of mine who argued that state GOP officials ought to be placed head first in a vat of acid in response to their continued incompetence, I do agree that it’s time for rethinking party strategies.
Republicans need to better articulate an alternative vision that is more consistent and libertarian, and that can reach beyond conservative bastions. Then again, it may be too late. Carl DeMaio, a true GOP reformer who knows how to package free-market issues for a broad audience, was beaten by an old-school union hack in the race to become San Diego’s mayor.
The failure of Proposition 32, which would have limited union ability to extract dues from members to pay for the kind of bare-knuckled politics on display Tuesday, was beaten badly. That means that unions will continue to control the field.
After former Republican Assemblyman Chuck DeVore moved from Irvine to Austin, I chewed him out for abandoning California in its time of need. Turn-about is fair play, so he called me following the election to tease me about the new reality in California. He loves California but recommends Texas.
A lot more tax-paying Californians are going to start exploring housing options in Dallas and Houston, now that California voters have decided to give the Democrats the PIN number to their bank accounts.
I’m still not suggesting moving, but it’s wise to keep that agent on speed dial as you watch the coming legislative session in Sacramento.