There’s A Definite Divide In The California Republicans Party And It’s Not An Easy Fix

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Political conventions are breeding grounds for debates and disagreements among rival factions in political parties. Disagreements and debates were on display in Anaheim this weekend when California Republicans got together to discuss where the party is going. Donald Trump’s new form of Republican leadership is tearing down the establishment one tweet at a time, and young Republicans in the state want him to stop. Most Republicans in the state don’t know where the party is heading. They see their power in California politics declining faster than in years past. Steve Bannon couldn’t stay away from the weekend Republican summit. Bannon couldn’t help himself when he brought his nationalistic rage down on George W. Bush. Mr. Bannon claims Bush was the most destructive president in the nation’s history, and that comment didn’t sit well with the old guards in the California Republican Party. Bannon’s nationalistic tone also didn’t help mend any fences in the party either.
Debates over resolutions put the Tea Party members and the old establishment in a contentious frame of mind at the summit. And the mayor of San Diego didn’t hold back when he said he felt like a stranger in the party. Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the Republican leadership is not working toward the same goals as the Republicans in California. Republicans in the state want the party to be more forward thinking as well as more inclusive. Mayor Faulconer also thinks the party is moving backward instead of forward. The level of tension between the establishment and the nationalists within the party is at an all-time high, according to an article in the LA Times.
The Republican Party in the state is suffering from a lack of power. Only 25 percent of the people living in the state call themselves “Republicans.” The Democrats control both houses of legislation, and every person holding a state-wide office is a Democrat. The chances of a Republican winning a seat in the Senate, or being elected governor are slim according to the LA Times. There are seven Republican members of Congress who represent districts that voted for Hillary Clinton, but only one of those officials, Mimi Walters of Irvine, was at the weekend summit. California’s Republican want to protect those seats in 2018 elections, but that’s not going to be easy, according to an aide to one of the state legislators. The aide said he’s been in politics for 15 years, and he can’t remember a time when the infighting was this bad.