Being white racist jerks can only take a political party so far. For California’s Republican Party, 2018 is the end of the line.
For California Democrats, the flood of candidates looking to unseat GOP members of Congress could be too much of a good thing.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports there already are 43 Democrats, many of them with plenty of campaign cash, lined up to challenge Republicans in the top seven districts targeted by their party. And with more than seven weeks to go before the March 9 filing deadline, that number could grow.
For Democratic leaders, it’s the more the merrier, especially in a state where President Trump — and Republicans in general — are increasingly unpopular.
“I think it’s a good thing,” said Drew Godinich, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “As (New Mexico Rep.) Ben Ray Luján said, ‘No party ever lost an election due to too much energy and momentum.’”
The prospect of facing a full field of Democratic challengers, politically experienced or not, already has persuaded two veteran GOP incumbents, Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista (San Diego County) and Rep. Ed Royce of Fullerton (Orange County), to hastily retire and avoid what pundits suggest could be a “blue wave” in California elections.