In the month of June, with the Constitutional Deadline to pass a budget, the CDP did one move on the budget. And it was pathetic. There was no Theory of Change, no path for what they were doing to result in passing a budget quicker, or passing a more just budget. It was quite honestly one of the most pathetic online moves I have ever seen by a state party -- anywhere in the country.
And then they got defensive. They started censoring comments at Calitics, giving a '0' rating to disappear any criticism. They censored, again and again and again and again.
I'm trying to figure out how the California Democratic Party could have failed so completely, I think it might have gone something like this:
California Democrats deserve at least basic competence. There was nothing of the sort with a stone's throw of this whole fiasco. First, there was the sin of omission, by not engaging in any actions that could have helped pass a just budget. Next, there was this pathetic move, that just made the CDP look incompetent (phone calls to 4 legislators is all they accomplished during the last week before the budget ran out, with half those calls coming from consultants or their mothers?). Third, any preteen can explain to you that trying to censor online just results in more people seeing what is trying to be hid. Forth, they didn't quickly realize that their move was a blunder of epic proportions and react with something that would have helped.
And this isn't just about the budget, with the CDP lacking basic competence online, how are they going to help Jerry Brown or Barbara Boxer or Gavin Newsom or Kamala Harris?