I know the title is shocking – like something out of Twilight Zone! However, I wasn’t being trite or misleading; there really is some good news out of California today. It seems that a Republican running for the California legislature has won a seat in a heavily Democratic district which is about 60% Hispanic. (And not the white-Hispanic kind, just the regular Hispanic kind.)
Andy Vidak, a farmer and Republican from California’s 16th District, won his Senate seat in a special election. He was able to convince the citizens in his district that he better represented their values and needs than the Democrat hopeful Leticia Perez. The Democrats thought that the election to replace the Democrat who’d previously represented the district would be a walk in the park–particularly because Perez is a Hispanic woman with ties to the state Democrat Party.
However, the Republican Vidak was able to convince the electorate that he was primarily concerned with the needs of his district, while Perez was a puppet of the coastal Democrat Party. Perez was painted as a party-line Democrat who had supported policies that would benefit the folks living in the big coastal California cities, but would hurt the folks living in the rural Valley communities. The election will have a big impact in California because with the loss, the Democrats lose their veto-proof super majority in the Senate!
It’s a reminder that all politics is local.
It may also be a formula that Republicans across the nation can use in 2014. Reminding their constituents that local Democrats time and again side with the National Party over local interests. The national agenda of the Democrat Party caters to its urban elitist communities but forgets the poor rural voters. Oftentimes the antipathy of the national Democrat Party toward rural voters can even seem like disgust to those of us not living in coastal communities.
President Obama himself typified this with his famous “clinging” quote:
“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
So let’s hope California’s 16th is a harbinger of good things to come for Republicans in 2014, and let’s use the energy of such an important win to propel us to even more great victories.
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