| Rove to headline CRP convention
by Brian Leubitz
The California Republican Party (CRP) may love the old Michael J. Fox movies, but, if they are interested in returning to electoral viability, this doesn't seem quite the ticket. It seems they loved the Bush years, and his "Ohio outburst" so much, that Karl Rove will be they keynote for the CRP convention in March.
The California Republican Party is turning to GOP strategist Karl Rove, the "architect" of former President George W. Bush's political campaigns, as it works to rebuild its own brand in the Golden State.
The party has tapped Rove as the keynote speaker for its spring convention in Sacramento, which will take place the first weekend in March. He'll address members at a Saturday night banquet at the Hyatt Regency.(SacBee)
Perhaps Rove and his "unskewed" numbers are a way that the CRP thinks it can move forward. However, his politics of divisiveness have never worked here in California. While he has been something of a moderate on immigration issues, the underlying tactics of divide and conquer do not suit California's voter patterns or demographics.
Jim Brulte, who recently announced that he is running for CRP Chair, has a lot of work in front of him if he is successful. Forgetting about the rather large debt that the CRP is already laboring under, fundraising for a party with no hands on governmental levers is a monumental task. However, a party that is completely beholden to a fringe that has been thoroughly rejected on a statewide level cannot succeed. I have respect for Brulte as a politician, but this may even be a big ask for a magician.
And looking to Rove, and an era that never really took hold in California, doesn't seem a good path forward.