Division and Disagreement Face CA Democrats in 2016

Democrat DonkeyConflicts over the spoils of Democratic leadership in California have come to define the party’s prospects and future in 2016 and beyond.

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Division and disagreement

Falling victim to their extreme dominance in statewide politics, an increasing number of Democrats have sharpened their blades against one another this election season — driving uncomfortable wedges between minority groups that have long formed the bedrock of the Democrats’ broad coalition. “The racial and ethnic overtones of politics in California, the country’s most diverse state, surfaced again last week,” the Sacramento Bee observed. “Two Democratic Assembly incumbents, Mike Gipson and Cheryl Brown, both of whom are black, are facing challenges from Latina opponents within their own party.”

“The challenges to Brown and Gipson are motivated by their stances on environmental legislation, not race. But the prospect of unseating two black incumbents, with African Americans’ share of the state’s population dwindling, stirred concern.”

Elsewhere, some Democrats have found themselves in hot water for departing too far or too often from party orthodoxy — a dangerous move in increasingly partisan and populist times. In California’s 7th District, for instance, Rep. Ami Bera has begun to lose key support within his own party, thanks to votes roiling labor and other elements of California Democrats’ liberal base. “Bera’s votes on issues such as Syria refugees and trade are coming under intense examination as local Democrats debate withholding endorsement from him in his re-election race against Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a Republican,” McClatchy reported. “Last week, the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club, Bera’s home club, voted against endorsing him.”

Brown’s balancing act

In his State of the State speech this month, Gov. Jerry Brown sought to ameliorate some intraparty divides while holding fast to others. “Legislative Democrats say they can spend some of California’s budget surplus on expanded government services without disrupting Gov. Jerry Brown’s push for fiscal restraint,” as the Sacramento Bee also reported, while Brown urged them “instead to focus on paying down debts and liabilities incurred in the past.” But Brown didn’t mention the multibillion-dollar high-speed rail project that has been one of his marquee projects, despite arousing the frustration of environmentalists to his left who believed cap-and-trade money should not be spent on the system.

A recent Field poll revealed that a modest but sharply critical segment of Democrats appear to have turned their backs on Brown. Fully 17 percent said a description of Brown as having “the right experience to deal with the problems facing California” applied “not at all,” while 18 percent took the same dim view of the claim that Brown “has the vision to lead California into the future.” At the same time, over 40 percent of Democrat respondents agreed at least somewhat with the idea that Brown favors too many unaffordable projects and isn’t doing enough to help average Californians.

But Brown has consolidated support, despite sometimes unorthodox policies, to an unprecedented degree in California politics. At a time when Democrats nationwide have become increasingly split over whether to embrace Hillary Clinton as their nominee, Brown’s name has perennially appeared in conversations about where they might look for an alternative to both Clinton and Sanders. Despite Brown’s refusal to play along, he has been floated once again — by New York City liberals, according to Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen. “Their pet conspiracy theory is that President Barack Obama so detests Hillary Clinton — and worries about her ability to win in November and preserve his agenda — that his Justice Department will indict her this spring on charges of breaching national security in the email scandal,” he wrote at the Sacramento Bee. “Exit a wounded Hillary, enter a prominent Democrat to rescue the party — none other than California’s governor.”

Originally published by CalWatchdog.com

Comments

  1. If you look at California politics since California’s Clown><Jerry Brown entered the field back in the 70', you will see a pattern of demise for the state. California is not a leader in anything. California is a follower not a leader. All the states policies have been a disastrous very expensive flop especially the renewable energy mandates the state has and is pushing. California debt, its pension debt and retiree insurance debt will kill the state soon. Sacramento cannot keep raising taxes! Thats all there is too it.

  2. America, being rescued by Moonbeam……
    Laugh, I thought I’d never start!
    Only the Democrats can imagine that doubling down on failure is a winnable strategy.

  3. RetiredXLR8R says

    It’s amazing the ignorance in the California legislature of the Founding Documents. Makes me wonder how stupid the voters must be! Sorry, but if it walk, quacks, and looks like then it certainly must be. I guess it is just not an issue with me whether democrats can get along or not. I don’t like their opinions, views, politics, and mostly their wasting my tax dollars!

    • If it wasn’t for ignorance, either wilful or not, from the fools in SackofTomatoes they’d have zero going for themselves. They love to sound important and care less about the havoc their actions bring on the lives of the regular citizens of Kommieforniastan. Their uber rich doners are above the laws these clowns come up with and Moonbeam signs.

  4. Can these (Democrat) clowns outdo themselves in destroying California’s previous culture? You bet they can – V.I. Lenin would be proud!

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