“For those who think California politics is on the far-left fringe of the national spectrum, stand by,” writes Washington Post senior correspondent Scott Wilson. He is predicting a shift in the upcoming elections that will push the Golden State far beyond the current progressive politics as “a younger generation of Democrats” leads the resistance against President Trump.
It’s so bad that Wilson has heard from Republicans that are actually going to miss leftist Gov. Jerry Brown as he leaves office because at least he was “fiscally cautious.” That’s because with the governor’s chair soon vacant, Democrats are eager to fill it with the next level of the far left. Political consultants in the state are urging Democrat candidates to “go left,” even more left than Brown.
“That means staking out the most liberal stance on issues such as single-payer health care in California,” Wilson states, as well as pushing its “sanctuary state” status and investing in solar power and electric cars “to reach strict environmental goals.”
It's been since action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor that the state has had much Republican control. And this year, two GOP congressman, Darrell Issa and Ed Royce, aren’t seeking re-election. According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Democrats looking to take 24 Republican seats in the House have been raising more money than some of the GOP members. However, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee said they’re not worried at this point. Yet, others are sounding the "GOP alarm."
As the Los Angeles Times points out, there isn’t a huge selection of big-name Republicans who can take on well-known mainstays like Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has been quite comfortable in her seat and is now seeking a full term for the fifth time. If she wins, and it’s almost certainly so, Feinstein will “set the record for the longest Senate tenure of any Californian in history.” Her only real opponent is a Democrat, state senator Kevin de León, whose strategy will be to “fan the liberal flames” of Bernie Sanders in order to “outflank the centrist” Feinstein. De León hopes his strategy will tap into the mass resistance across the state and use that to take down even the most progressive of senators.
This is leaving many Republicans in the state with little hope of surviving what some are calling “a death spiral” and no one on the right seems to have a single attractive thing to woo voters.
Perhaps California will push so hard to the Left that it will separate itself from the continent and secede right on out into the Pacific Ocean and never stop.