Kashkari’s California Win a Loss For Tea Party GOP
That sound you hear is establishment Republicans exhaling, from Eureka to Yucaipa to Washington, D.C.
By emerging from the primary scrum to face incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown, Neel Kashkari hasn’t greatly shortened the long odds against a Republican winning the California governorship in November. But he has averted the disaster that many in the party feared if Tim Donnelly had become the GOP nominee.
Correctly or not, Donnelly’s undiluted, give-no-quarter conservatism was seen as a toxin that would poison the chances of Republicans up and down the ballot; not just those running for constitutional office — several of whom already face steeply uphill contests — but candidates in some potentially competitive house and legislative races, as well.