The 2018 midterm elections have further endangered the standing of the California Republican Party, which saw many of its Congressional members lose to Democrats last Tuesday.
Things have gotten so bad for the California GOP that even the party’s former vice chairman believes it can’t be saved in its current incarnation.
In a column written for CalMatters.org, former Assembly Republican leader Kristin Olsen writes an obituary for her party, which she says has not been able to escape the “toxic” branding of President Donald Trump.
“The California Republican Party isn’t salvageable at this time,” she writes. “The Grand Old Party is dead – partly because it has failed to separate itself from today’s toxic, national brand of Republican politics.”
She went on to argue that while the California GOP has many hard-working and talented people working in it, they have to make a clean break from Trump and the national GOP if they want to have any shot of ever getting elected to lead the state ever again.
“For Republicans, the first step is to acknowledge that we have a serious internal problem,” she writes. “Ignoring the toxicity is not enough, as California’s election results demonstrate. We must call it out and model a different and better way because that’s what our fellow Californians deserve.”