Bannon to keynote California GOP convention? Surprising

Bannon to keynote California GOP convention? Surprising

[Ed. – Tom Donnelly probably has this pegged right.  (He certainly has Munger pegged.)  But as he says, the state GOP establishment should be careful what grassroots enthusiasm it wishes for.  It may get its wish.]

Politico reports that Bannon’s Friday address should set an anti-establishment tone for the convention and inject some enthusiasm in California’s grassroots Republican base, which has been depressed by years of battling their own party leadership—plagued by a decade of declining registration, punctuated by repeated electoral failure and a host of internal scandals:

Bannon’s Oct. 20 appearance at the state party’s fall convention comes at a critical time for the Republican Party in California, where Democrats are gunning for GOP incumbents in seven congressional districts Hillary Clinton carried last year. Those contests are critical to Democratic efforts to flip the House.

Since party conventions tend to attract the most “ardent activists,” and a number of members of the California GOP Congressional delegation in “Hillary” districts like Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) have distanced themselves from Trump and moved to the left in order to save their seats. It’s likely an attempt to shore up flagging grassroots support among the party faithful. …

California’s GOP establishment controlled behind the scenes by a bow-tied liberal billionaire named Charles Munger Jr.—who has spent tens of millions of dollars to keep conservative candidates out of office, should be careful what it wishes for.

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