We were naturally discouraged at the poor showing of our California Republican candidates this election. For your information the registration numbers in Los Angeles County at the time of the election are:
Democrats 2,260,449 51%
Republicans 1,048,609 24%
D-T-S 911,394 21%
Other parties 215,556 4%
Democrats outnumber us by better than 2 to 1 in this County.
Statewide, the numbers are:
Democrats 7,615,452 44%
Republicans 5,353,264 31%
D-T-S 3,505,527 20%
Other parties 811,640 5%
This is only one battle in a long war.
Keep in mind that George Washington lost every battle he fought until the Battle of Trenton. It would have been very understanding if he and the revolutionary troops had given up. But despite losing every battle, many soldiers lost in battle, and huge numbers of desertions, Washington kept going until he succeeded. We need to emulate that.
Redistricting will help in 2012. We have to increase Republican registration, which we have found is not easy to do, but we must figure out how to do it. We also have to convince Democrats that our policies work because we can’t win with Republicans only in California.
Jerry Brown, the Democrat legislature, the passage of the proposition where Democrats alone can now pass a budget will likely put California into a fiscal bind we will not be able to easily get out of. I am not wishing for that, by the way, just the opposite. I am just saying that is a likely outcome. That may give us an opportunity in 2012 to come up with a plan to fix the state that will resound with non-Republican voters.
Big government, spending beyond our means, trying to take care of everyone who needs it, supporting the public service employee pension plans, putting unrealistic restraints and higher taxes on businesses, raising utility rates to pay for AB 32, growing the state government are all programs that are unsustainable.
We need to field a good group of California candidates very soon who will be prepared to do what they have to do to win in 2012.
The national scene was much rosier. We have taken back the House with a substantial number of seats (possibly 65).
We will be in a position to stop Mr. Obama’s reckless deficit spending and perhaps to reverse some of the terrible legislation that he was able to pass under the 111th Congress. We will be in a position in 2012 to gain a majority in the Senate and to take back the White House if our elected legislators stick to our principles and do what they were sent there to do.