Is California’s Democratic Supermajority an Omen for the Rest of the U.S.?
California has effectively become a one-party state. Election Day 2012 earned Democrats a two-thirds majority in both houses of the state legislature, the first time in 80 years that any party has achieved that feat here. That will allow them to pass virtually anything they want in the next legislative session, including crafting ballot initiatives or passing laws to raise taxes that have previously been opposed by Republicans. But the GOP’s newfound insignificance in this state legislature isn’t its greatest worry. Republicans are warning that if the national party doesn’t heed the example of California, it could head towards political irrelevance on a larger scale.
While my heart may say “Good!” my head knows that we need at least 2 viable parties in this country to inject some sort of conversation into the mix. GOP needs to accept the fact that their positions need to change rather than blaming their losses on the convenient scapegoat of the moment.