Column: Give up your quick win plans, California Republicans

If you’re looking for the ultimate metaphor for how the California Republican Party screwed up the recall attempt against Governor Gavin Newsom, look no further than the first-round knockout of mixed martial arts legend Tito Ortiz by Anderson Silva. A boxing match on September 11.

This time last year, Ortiz was a rising star for the GOPHe is the latest celebrity to become a political candidate while campaigning for a seat on the Huntington Beach City Council. It got the most votes of any candidate in city history by adopting the MAGA school of politics – mock the libs, be skeptical of coronavirus cuts and the pandemic itself and offers vague promises of freedom with little in the way of real, concrete plans.

But once it’s really time to step out in the octagon of democracy? Ortiz fell like a tree meeting a lumberjack.

Instead of building a career as Surf City’s Trump-by-the-Sea, but left the post half a year later in June, basically claimed that the public was very rude to him and his family. Just three months later, Ortiz ahead of Silva in the boxing ring, flatter than tortilla. Even Trump was there to witness the death of his aide.

Tito is the way to impress Papi Trump!

It’s also a shameful, career-ending defeat. What Happened in California’s Governor’s Recall Election? Final figures have not yet been tabulated, but voters overwhelmingly refused to recall — more than 60% of the votes so far say “No” and turnout is expected to be well above 50%.

The margin of victory – and how fast it was to win – surprised many viewers. But those who knew about the California GOP just yawned and moved on. They knew the Republicans would feed the promise of victory to the mouth of defeat, period.

For the past quarter century, state Republicans have acted like the Black Knight in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” insisting on fighting even after all limbs have been amputated, describing amputations as mere flesh wounds. then he left bragging His Majesty won a draw against King Arthur as he left the squeaking log by the roadside.

Nearly every major move the state GOP has made to take power from the Democrats — time limits, bigoted offers, selling your soul to Trump — splendidly exploded in their faces. In April I wrote: “I bet the final loser will still be the Republican Party. The house – in this case, the date – is on my side. ”

Newsom coup attempt worst laugh ever — because it had the best luck of many Hail Marys where California conservatives really worked.

Placing the recall question on the ballot this summer was a complete upset and mobilized not only conservatives, but also middle-of-the-road voters and even Democrats who disagreed with Newsom’s COVID-19 lockdown strategy. and without mask dinners in luxury restaurants. There was enough discontent Wildfire smoke stirred up the air in California earlier this summer, and the recall looked like it had a fighting chance.

The Californians were tired and frustrated, and Newsom and the Democrats stumbled like a fighter who had just weathered a well-placed blow and didn’t see the uppercut coming their way. this was the time Caitlyn Jenner became the most important recall candidate. But the idea was that Republicans would unite around a sensible person like him. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer to expand the recall tent.

It was then that I heard moderate Democrats openly say they would not support Newsom. that’s when close polls shocked the country and to push Democrats to think there might be a historic upheaval.

Then came Larry Elder, a political blank hamburger that went down with a pitcher whining at its best. Rather than parry the coup, Republican Party leaders stepped back, allowing him and his supporters to absorb the oxygen from the recall movement to fuel their fire-and-sulfur strategy.

Right-wingers love the Elder, who basically takes a page out of the Trump playbook and has a long-standing gimmick. Saying things about black people that make bigots faint. The Elder almost certainly scared enough people on the fence into using ballots and voting to save Newsom.

All of a sudden, Newsom didn’t have to defend his record enough to say he wasn’t an Elder. It was the second wind El Gavin needed to roar to rival. John Cox’s Kodiak bear looks as wild as a church mouse.

Any sane conservative strategist should have seen that Elder had no chance in California, Trumpism could win in local races, but was highly radioactive in statewide elections.

But the adults have long left the GOP room and must reunite for the future, which now operates a political machine with more screws missing than ever before.

Elder told a crowd of supporters on election night – where else? – Immediately after Orange County declared the death of the Associated Press recall that “we admit we lost the war, but we will definitely win the war.”

As we said in Mexico, grandmother? Elder will likely rush to a better radio syndication deal, but his political career is deadlier than Monty Python’s parrot – and he’s taken the California GOP with him. (That’s unless Trump somehow decides to make him vice president for the 2024 presidential race).

Give up your quick win plans, California Republicans. The voters have long had enough of your embarrassing tantrums. Build to win in the long run, not by quarterbacks who constantly push Hail Marys in the wrong direction.

Otherwise, you’ll end up like Tito Ortiz, who was left for show fights at a Florida casino hotel – just to be let down on the political canvas.

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