Romney caused the California GOP’s losses in 2012. All head and no heart, Romney never wanted to run. Instead, he helped drag down every Republican into defeat.
Romney highlighted the GOP’s “bland” problem, not their “brand” problem. The Republican Party must be brash and bold. For example, Republicans must lead now on school choice. Public sector union-cronyism is the state’s biggest foe, especially in public education. Republicans favor freedom and choice. With a school choice bill, Republicans can expose the bullying corruption of the Democratic Party and public sector unions.
The California GOP elected Jim Brulte as Chairman. Unlike Romney, Brulte is a campaigner and a gainer since high school. Brulte’s strategy to bring the California GOP out of debt is a good idea, his focus on grassroots campaigning is better, and his commitment to contesting every race, local or statewide, is essential. His drive will help the GOP thrive.
Republicans must do more than vote. They need to take note and tote their platform everywhere. Asians, Hispanics, and African-Americans are conservative, but someone needs to invite them into the “Big Tent”. Republicans are the “minority party” now. When leaders reach out to minorities, the GOP will regain the majority.