San Diego County politics are in for an overhaul. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, isn’t running for a 10th term. Four Republican county supervisors — Greg Cox, Bill Horn, Dianne Jacob and Ron Roberts — are termed out after more than 20 years. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, faces a serious campaign finance scandal that could cost him his job after nearly a decade. And longtime county GOP chairman Tony Krvaric said he may also quit this year.
Being racist jerks, and just plain stupid, isn’t working for California Republicans any longer.
The San Diego Union-Tribune poses the obvious question, this turnover presents a wave of new Republicans with a basic question: Will they be content to run in safe seats and stick to the standard party script? Or will they get “in the arena,” as Teddy Roosevelt would say, and slug it out with California’s dominant Democrats to try to force change?
The U-T hopes new GOP voices that will begin to emerge locally have a level of sophistication about their politics that can be missing in a party addicted to simplistic litmus tests. Such voices have potential to give Republicans far more influence than they now wield — and to give California voters both more nuanced decisions to make and a much-needed opportunity to pick pragmatism over dogmatism.
We’re not so sure. More likely, and new set of racist jerks will emerge to occupy whatever safe GOP districts are left.