The Insanity of the California Grand Obstructionist Party
by Charles Lemos, Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 04:31:21 PM EST
The California Republicans are holding their annual convention this weekend up in Sacramento at the non-union Hyatt where party activists were attending workshops on "understanding how to build our party" and "strengthening the Republican brand." Earlier this week, California lawmakers approved a budget that includes more than $12 billion in tax increases. Six, dare I say it, courageous, GOP lawmakers voted for the budget. But one man's courageous lawmaker is another man's rogue legislator. Via the San Francisco Chronicle:
A California Republican Party committee has voted to reprimand six GOP lawmakers who voted for a compromise budget plan that boosts taxes. The measure, which was endorsed Saturday during the party's spring meeting in Sacramento, also denies the lawmakers any financial support from the party during the 2010 elections.
Only one of the six lawmakers faces re-election then, freshman Assemblyman Anthony Adams of Hesperia. The others could suffer, however, if they run for other positions or seek a statewide office.
The rogue lawmakers supported a $42 billion budget package negotiated between GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders from both parties.
The party's vice-chairman for Southern California, John Fleischman, sponsored the resolution, which goes to a floor vote of the delegates on Sunday.
It's not for me to comment on the internal ruminations of the Grand Obstructionist Party of California, but if they want to commit political suicide, that's their business though I can only hope it is soon. I hate lingering political deaths. But I do question why the San Francisco Chronicle would refer to six GOP legislators who crossed the aisle as "rogue." And then I wondered if this committee would reprimand the Governor for signing the budget but apparently one GOP delegate, Alex Burrola, has a different idea that has to be read to be believed.
"Whereas, in 2003 a grassroots effort was begun to recall then-Governor Gray Davis from office on grounds which included gross mismanagement of the budget and finances of the State of California;An apology? As if that would make up for six years of insanity. Frankly, I like the mass suicide idea a whole lot more. Then again as Jaime Regalado, director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles notes "The party is at war between its most conservative flank and its moderate flank that is trying to come up for air." Maybe it's more like a murder-suicide pact instead.
"...Whereas, candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger campaigned as a reformer and champion of fiscal discipline and responsibility who would bring change and reform to government which it sorely needed;
"Whereas, in the subsequent years Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has instead proven to govern as a tax and spend politician precisely similar to the one he campaigned to replace in the recall election;
"Whereas, the trust and confidence of Republicans has been betrayed and shattered by Governor Schwarzenegger's repeated and ongoing efforts to collaborate with Democrats in the Legislature to seek solutions to the state's fiscal crisis by irresponsible borrowing and increasing taxes and refusal to make the needed reductions in state spending;
"Whereas, Governor Schwarzenegger's current budget solution includes more than $14 billion in higher taxes on sales, income, gasoline and the car tax which he specifically attacked Governor Davis for raising;
"Whereas, it is plain that Governor Schwarzenegger has abandoned the most basic tenets of Republican ideology and rendered the whole purpose of the 2003 recall pointless;
"Therefore, be it resolved that the California Republican Party officially extends a heartfelt and sincere apology to former Governor Gray Davis for its role in recalling him from office."