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Bannon Urges Grassroots Efforts at the California Republican Party Convention

Bannon Urges Grassroots Efforts at the California Republican Party Convention

While “it looks now like it’s impossible to win in California, it couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

It would be difficult to imagine a more wretched hive of incompetence and boobery than the California Republican Party leadership.

From the amazing implosion of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) as a politician and human being, the initial support of a tax-raising proposition that was only rescinded after the rise of the Tea Party, and the continued lack of effective push-back against progressive shenanigans, California has become a one-party state (where our choices range from Midnight Blue to YInMn Blue in key, state-wide elections).

Despite the fact that California voters are largely responsible for giving Hillary Clinton the popular vote lead, Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has announced he’s bringing his war against the establishment to California, the front line of the #Resistance and its war against President Trump.

Former Trump administration strategist and GOP agitator Stephen K. Bannon on Friday told California Republicans, whose state party has fallen in membership and political influence, that their salvation lies in putting aside their differences and getting to work — just as they’d done to help move President Trump to his surprise victory in November.

“We have a problem with understanding how to win. Nothing else matters,” Bannon told hundreds of Republican delegates gathered in Anaheim for the state party’s fall convention. “If you want to take your state back … you have to roll your sleeves up.”

Welcomed with a standing ovation, Bannon clung to themes of “economic nationalism” in his speech, putting the interests and fortunes of American workers ahead of the Republican establishment. He laughed off the small number of protesters outside, saying their liberal message would repel voters and help Republicans keep their targeted congressional districts.

Not surprisingly, few state or federal elected officials attended his speech. However, the room was filled to capacity with conservatives who gave Bannon a standing ovation at the end of his address.

Bannon hit former President George W. Bush hard in his remarks, as well as the “Lords of Technology”. However, what caught my attention was his statement about a future #CalExit.

…California is to Donald Trump as South Carolina was to Andrew Jackson. Back in the 1830s the folks in South Carolina didn’t like the fact that Jackson, a populist, and Congress had put on tariffs, federal tariffs, on product. And they decided that in South Carolina they weren’t going to have those tariffs, and they were independent and they could do what they want. They could choose what federal laws they wanted to have and not have.

And General Jackson said that if they can pick and choose what laws they want, eventually they are going to split off and try to try to form a Southern Confederacy, said this like in 1832. So Jackson passed another law and powered the U.S. Army. He was going to send the Army into South Carolina. And he told somebody, “And if I have to, I’m going to hang John C. Calhoun from a lamppost, but we are going to enforce federal law.”

You’ve nullified the sanctuary cities law in this state. In fact, you are a sanctuary state. And trust me, if you do not roll this back — and I’m talking about people in this room — 10 or 15 years from now the folks in Silicon Valley and the progressive left in this state are going to try to secede from the union.

Bannon then said that progressives have over-reached in this state with their sanctuary state policies and that an intense grassroots effort might lead to a critical GOP victory in 2018.

Arguing that Democrats have overreached by passing liberal immigration laws, Bannon said, “they’ve given you everything you need to win.”

He urged Republicans to put together a “grassroots army” to score some political victories.

“You can do it — and you’re going to have to do it,” he added.

Bannon insisted that while “it looks now like it’s impossible to win in California, it couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

Of course, the establishment pundits and politicos say Bannon is wrong.

Political scientist Jack Pitney, who teaches at Claremont McKenna College, said he doubted the speech would color the 2018 congressional contests, which remain far off for most voters.

More broadly, he said Bannon’s politics would hurt the GOP, including among affluent, well-educated voters who play an important part in county elections.

“Inviting him was a moral and political blunder,” Pitney said in an email.

Blunder? The California GOP is already blunder-rich, and it would be difficult to imagine how inviting Bannon could make things worse for them.

However, it may give the state’s conservatives who listened to Bannon a chance to rethink where they have been placing their trust in the past 10 years. I can tell from personal experience, many former Republicans who participated in the Tea Party are now “No Party Preference”, having tired of the West Coast swamp.

I truly hope Bannon inspired his audience to shake things up.


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Here in Texas, California is considered a lost cause – and a foreign country.

On their present course, Ca. will be a state populate by the very well off, the very not well off Hispanics, and government workers. The middle income people are trying to leave.

Bannon’s clever, and this move is straight out of Alinsky – hit your enemy where he thinks he is strongest. Your enemy will never expect to be attacked there, and will many times have no idea how to respond.

(Sun Tzu nods in approval)

I doubt CA is salvageable, but even if it’s a lost cause there is lots of money there by disenfranchised Republicans. They can help do a lot of good in the rest of the country, and help take the party back from the GOP establishment.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Matt_SE. | October 24, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    CA won’t be so snotty now that Hollywood is collapsing faster and faster into a classic Death Spiral/Black Hole.

    Now their “Silicon Valley” is also entering a Death Spirial/Black Hole.

    Changes in trade agreements that favor the U.S. nation will cut against the way CA business is currently structured to suck up to foreign powers.

    Adios CA, no one will miss you at all.

OleDirtyBarrister | October 22, 2017 at 2:07 pm

California is a tough case and getting tougher since some leftist cities (sanctuary cities first) there made it legal for illegal aliens and P.R.A.’s to vote in local elections. California’s intentions are clear on what it wants to do next by becoming a sanctuary state; the right vote statewide will follow. The state courts also routinely substitute their judgment for the voters on ballot initiatives and overturn them.

Subotai Bahadur | October 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm

It is not a high probability tactic; but California with their top-two general election system, which frequently has only Democrats running for each office, and a California Republican Party that is frequently to the Left of European parties let along Democrat parties elsewhere in this country, this is not anything like a “sure thing”. At the very least, it will help separate the Deplorables from the GOPe. It may force the enemy to put more resources in California to protect their base that they would otherwise use elsewhere. Just going in to this, you have to accept that not only will both legal and illegal means be used by the Democrats against any Deplorables; the California Republican Party will be in open alliance with the Democrats. It is commonplace here in Colorado, and California the Republicans are more openly collaborators.

If we lose California, it is no additional loss. And the Californian Republican Party intends to lose. If we put up a fight. we cost the Democrats resources they would otherwise not have to expend there, and the same for the California Republican Party. And we unmask the California Republican Party. And who knows, we might win some.

And there is the fallback position. California wants to secede. They are about to vote on it. The political effort may draw lines that will allow non-Coastal counties to secede from California itself in the mayhem like West Virginia did in the First Civil War. And the Coastal counties are in dire need of Reconstruction.

Bannon is amazing.

Re California, the trick is toe eliminate the state tax deduction from federal returns. Right now, the rest of the nation pays Californians’ state taxes. A tax revolt will erupt in the state when people get to realize the democrat super majority of the state is ripping them off.

I’m not as opposed to California going their own way as Bannon is. Let’s face it, California and isolated pockets elsewhere in the US have a value set that is incompatible with the values of the rest of the US. The status quo is unsustainable, one side or the other will be forced to give up too much of their core values to remain together in a nation.

Back in the first few years of the Reagan administration I was told by a personal friend of Dick Blum and(by extension) DiFi that he would actually prefer to vote R because he preferred the R economic policies over the D. What turned him to the R was the overemphasis on making everything about religion to play to the evangelical base.

    Tom Servo in reply to MadisonS. | October 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    In other words, he chose to become a socialist because he hates Christians so intensely, even though he knew it was economic suicide.

    To say that Reagan made “everything about religion” was idiotic of him. It’s the same as saying that every Republican today is automatically a White Supremacist.

Bannon doesn’t get it. Want to whip stuff up? Want to win in Calif? Grab some firebreathing Chicano Mexican right-wingers and tour the interior counties. Some good old fashioned shit-stirring in Los Banos and Salinas. Stop in Williams, Corning, Quincy, and Redding. Fire up a cooking pit, skewer a few hogs and feed people free pork tacos, horchata and red-hot political salsa. Whip up some good old fashioned animosity against the rich prog a-holes in Mill Valley and Palo Alto.

The wealthy republican rice, almond, walnut, prune and tomato growers only back wussy, milquetoast GOPe candidates. Remember Wally Herger (R)? Twenty some odd years in the House? Right, no one remembers him. Because he was a milquetoast-cold pudding of a man.

Bannon meeting the pasty, country-club Republicans in Anaheim? He’s already failed the litmus test.

    Both you and Bannon are correct.

    But Bannon chose to first take his battle to the establishment.

    Your idea is great, but it might be premature. We need a little more momentum.

I’ve lived in California all my life. Good conservative families leaving Calif? Quitters. They think God-forsaken Texas is a safe harbor. Wishful thinking. The ProgTsunami will drown all of us. The fight is here in Calif. But go ahead, throw down your arms, and slink away to Goatistan on the Gulf. Whittle a corn cob pipe, and whistle the theme song to Deliverance. Enjoy Aintree, folks.

We real Californians can win this if we lock arms with Hispanic families. I don’t care how they got here. Our hispanic bros and sisters are here, and we can make common cause with them.

Family First.

    The ironic thing is that Hispanic culture is conservative Christian: masculine, with strong family ties, no abortion, and good work ethic.

    A large problem with the Hispanic immigrant culture at large has been their aversion to formal education and seduction into the welfare state. But this problem serves the left well: it keeps many of them ignorant and dependent. Now, of course, the left has completely taken over our educational systems, so they’re turning out ignorant marxists across ethic lines.

    But family, masculinity and Christianity are in the Hispanic DNA. We need to reach out. (Don’t count on the crying boehners for any help, until we destroy the GOPe.)

I flinched to tune in to this speech, for fear that it was a “Patrick Buchanan at the Republican Convention” moment.

Instead, it demonstrated the best of the attitudes of the Trump supporters: their love of the principles of due process, equal rights under the law, and Libery and Justice for All.

Furthermore, I think he’s right.

In San Diego, I am surrounded by a few very quiet Trump supporters, and a lot of loud Democrats who think they disagree with his policies.

But on any given issued, discussed in a neutral way, we have more agreement than not.

They don’t like the direction their state is going, either.

    mariner in reply to Valerie. | October 23, 2017 at 5:51 am

    It sounds to me that you hesitated to listen to Bannon’s speech because you’ve been told how terrible Bannon is, and you believed it.

The whole point of California’s “Top 2” system was to keep the Republicans out of office. In any race, the Democrats need only put 3-5 additional Democrats on the ballot. The Republican has to beat all of them, which is much harder than beating just a second Democrat on the ballot. It’s the same problem a baseball team has when it’s behind late in a pennant race. If you’re behind one team, perhaps they stumble and give you an opening. If you’re behind 4, it’s pretty much impossible that all 4 will do so.