Too often, the course of our nation's politics has followed California's trends. When I ran for Congress from a district in California in 2010, the Republican Party had a fabulous year throughout the country -- except in California.
In 2010, in two highly-publicized races, Jerry Brown beat Meg Whitman and Senator Barbara Boxer beat Carly Fiorina. Every statewide office elected Democratic candidates, the legislative assembly maintained their Democratic majorities and every Democratic Congressional seat was successfully defended.
Republicans were shocked. Does this sound familiar?
Now, in 2012, it's clear our nation is beginning to adopt these Californian values with Democrats maintaining their hold and even winning new seats and the trends so far do not look promising for Republicans.
On Monday I'm going to release a commentary about Hispanics and immigration. In the meantime, I think it's worth looking at California's changing demographics and the voter turn-out by race in 2012 as a trend that our entire nation is facing.
After you look at the chart, please tell me what you think conservatives should do to attract non-white Americans to believe in our values.
Your foot-soldier for freedom,
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