Here in California the race for governor is already starting. So far, Tea Party candidate Tim Donnelly has announced his candidacy, and State Senator Abel Maldonado has also put up a website announcing his intentions to run for the big chair in Sacramento. There are murmurs among my Tea Party pals that Mr. Donnelly is going to have an uphill battle and won't be endorsed by the state GOP Establishment. They expect Mr. Maldonado, the alleged less-conservative choice, to get the official nod, the money, the support, etc., etc., yes we can.
When you think about it, that actually makes sense. Maldonado may indeed by the only chance the GOP has to win California (they'll say), and all they need are fancy Establishment slogans meant to show the Democrats and the fruits and nuts in California that this isn't Your Father's Republican Party, such as:
Maldonado: We have a Mexican, too.
Maldonado: He Knows What it's Like to be One of You
Or they can capitalize on his first name, Abel, and say:
Abel Maldonado: Our Mexican Sounds Like an Arab....Double the Diversity!
This is the path I expect the CA GOP to take. Why? Because apparently the GOP isn't interested in governing, or standing up for the Constitution, or any of that other red, white, and blue rubbish we hear so often from the Tea Party (it actually gets a little old after awhile, guys). What the GOP wants is the status quo. We certainly see that in Congress. Don't rock the boat, just go along with token resistance, and we'll get back in charge of the money and spend it our way soon enough.
The Party itself has become a business. Right now, business is bad. The media tells us that conservatives are going to further ruin the business, and the Establishment has eaten that up. They regularly attack Tea Party candidates. In Virginia, where Hilary's Man just won the state seat, the local Establishment refused to fund the conservative opposition. What does that tell you?
All people like Karl Rove and John McCain want is to be in charge of the money. We note that when the Republicans took over Congress in 1994, they quickly outspent the Democrats. Nobody ever talks about that. Fiscal responsibility? Not when we're in charge!
Maldonado talks a good game. He doesn't like California's tax code, which keeps small businesses from creating jobs, bla bla bla, yes we can, etc. As Captain Kirk once said, I'm laughing at the superior intellect. Maldonado won't stand a chance against the Democrat machine which has convinced Hispanic voters, the ones the GOP obviously wants, that Republicans are not their friends, and nationwide the GOP will get its clock cleaned for the next 10 to 15 years while they figure out this strategy of running lukewarm candidates will not achieve anything but more ridicule. We've seen the failures of extremists like Michelle "God Told Me to Marry my Husband" Bachman and nimrods like Todd "That Thing Just Shuts Down" Aiken and that "I'm Not a Witch" lady whose name I have forgotten and I'm too lazy to look up because who gives a crap, so now we're going to run the center-left candidates to balance it out.
Donnelly won't stand a chance against his own party, never mind the left. They won't even bother with him because the GOP will take him out.
And in the end either Moonbeam Brown gets another term, or some other Moonbeam replacement will get the big chair; California will remain a firmly blue state, and more Californians will leave (a lot already are) and infect previously red states with their blue sensibilities (hello, Colorado!) and further ruin the nation.
But at least the California GOP has a Mexican.
BRIAN DRAKE is a 20-year broadcast veteran in California and the author of The Rogue Gentleman, a thriller in the tradition of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Follow him on Twitter.