November 6: A Devastating Election For Republicans

Jon Fleischman Jon Fleischman 3 Comments


November 6, 2012 will long be remembered by Republicans nationally as, well, a really bad election day. Governor Mitt Romney’s loss to Barack Obama, when the President was forced to run for re-election on the economy, in a bad economy, smarts. Losing a significant number of U.S. Senate races where polls and pundits had put the GOP in the hunt just added to the misery. Republicans did hold on to the House of Representatives, which is very significant, of course. But because this was expected, it did little to ease the disappointment of this Republican.

Here in California, the shellacking was pretty thorough. After rejecting the last eight tax increases in a row to appear on the statewide ballot, voters approved Governor Brown’s massive income and sales tax hikes to the tune of $7 billion a year, as well as a separate measure to hike taxes on multi-state businesses by another billion dollars annually. Proposition 32, which would have reduced the power of the state’s public employee unions (which pretty much control the levers of power in Sacramento today), failed under a massive onslaught of union political spending.

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Comments 3

  1. I have an idea for the California Republican Party. Continue to reject Republican Hispanic candidates like Melissa Melendez and Rocky Chavez. Continue to let organizations like Patriot Voices drive our party over the cliff on illegal immigration. Continue to recruit know nothing staffers like Sherry Hodges and Phil Paule. And continue to lose seats.

  2. I’d rename this article’s title to being a devastating election for TAXPAYERS. True, the Republican Party’s candidates and endorsements didn’t do well, but the real pain will be felt by everyday taxpayers. Prop 30 ensures that California’s job creators will have strong incentives to relocate to other states, stop expanding businesses, or just close up shop.

    Taxpayers in San Diego now have an almost textbook example of a self-serving career politician as mayor. While I wish Filner best of luck in his new job, I won’t exactly be overwhelmed with surprise if water rates go up, more bonds are issued, fee increases continue to appear, and perhaps a sales tax resurfaces in the next 3 years.

    So I know what Jon meant by implying Republicans, but the true people who will suffer from Tuesday will be taxpayers and working folks.

  3. Maybe there should have been better candidates with real ideas? Ideas that included everyone, rich AND poor!

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