“A question that arises with the passage of the latest budget and next year’s elections: Are California Republicans irrelevant?”
They are close to irrelevant – and richly deserve to be so. They had a chance to negotiate some real reforms with Brown, but their ideological blinders wouldn’t let them see that in politics, you have to give something in order to get something.
The Republicans held out and forced major budget cuts and a sales tax decrease, how is that irrelevant?
Republicans actually got exactly what they’ve always wanted: no revenues and massive cuts that will cause great harm to millions of people. Republicans are not irrelevant, but let’s hope we have far fewer around in the future.
They’re irrelevant to pension reform, regulatory reform and a spending cap, certainly.
Irrelevant California Republicans is redundant.
Intellectually, they have been for years.
They are guilty of political malpractice for squandering an opportunity to deliver reforms to the business community and other backers. Why any interest would give a dime to GOP campaign efforts is beyond me.
What applies here is a quote by former Assemblymember Dennis Mountjoy during his 2006 goodbye speech on the Assembly Floor: “I’m not a lawmaker; I’m a Republican.”
Yes. Republicans missed an unprecedented chance on pension reform and budget caps as a quid pro quo for four votes. This budget will hold and Dems will blame Republicans for their lack of involvement in 2012.
Yes. And becoming more irrelevant every year, and they seem to be okay with that.
Pretty much so …. and legislative Democrats may find they are irrelevant as well in many ways, as issues like pension reform, spending caps and various tax increase proposals will find their way on to the June or November statewide ballots through direct ballot initiative campaigns. At least we will all have summer breaks!
Mostly. But they forced deep cuts with their refusal for approval.
Republicans are California’s answer to the Dodo bird.
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