Rove Delivers Keynote Speech at the California GOP Convention – Only to Have His Message Stepped on by Wingnut Leader’s Assertion That Pregnancies Resulting from Rapes Are Rare

Left: Rove address California GOP convention: ‘Get off your asses’; right: California Republican Assembly leader Celeste Greig, left, with Birth Queen Orly Taitz

The California Republican Party is bankrupt, both intellectually and financially. Its voter registration has dropped to just 30 percent of the electorate. And last year Republicans lost so many seats in the Legislature that Democrats achieved super-majority status in both houses.

“Granted, the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized.”
– CRA President Celeste Greig

But hope springs eternal, as they say, and party leaders had pinned their hopes for reenergizing the faithful at their convention in Sacramento over the weekend with a rousing keynote address by Turdblossom himself, Karl Rove.

Channeling House Speaker John Boehner, who had the Beltway media clutching its collective pearls last week when he railed ungrammatically at the Senate to “get off their ass” and pass an anti-Sequester plan — even though the House has no viable plan on the table either — Rove rallied the 500 or so conventioneers with similar language.

“My message is this: get off your ass,” Rove said, during his keynote speech. “Get back in the game and fight. Don’t give in to what the other side wants.”

The flaw in that message, of course, is that the policies the “other side wants” — like a balanced approached to deficit reduction, gun safety measures and the rest — are also what majorities of voters want.

Rove recently launched the Conservative Victory Project, a PAC intended to drive tea-party and birther candidates and their ilk out of primary races, so it was delightfully paradoxical that his message was overshadowed in media coverage by Celeste Greig, the leader of the California Republican Assembly — a haven for tea partyists and birthers — who reasserted the Republicans’ magical thinking about “legitimate rape” and pregnancies in an interview with a reporter:


NYT: California Republican Party ‘Caught in Cycle of Decline’

The slow-mo death spiral of the California Republican Party may have accelerated last week with the release of three separate economic reports. First, a new jobs report found that 38,300 net new jobs were added in California in June, with gains in most industries, including construction and professional services. Next, a report from Zillow indicated that house prices nationwide appear to have bottomed out and have risen slightly over the past four months, while another report found that the number of California homes entering foreclosure was down to 2007 levels. And finally, an assessment of commercial real-estate trends suggests that the office market appears to be bouncing back in Southern California.

Analysts predict the California Republican Party could drop to No. 3 in six years, behind Democrats, who currently make up 43 percent, and independent voters, with 21 percent.

This is all worrisome news for state GOP leaders who have pinned their strategy for turning around their party’s woes on hopes that the state will continue to suffer under a stagnant economy. Unfortunately for California Republicans, they do not have enough seats in the Legislature to deliberately obstruct economic recovery in the state as their counterparts in Washington have done to the national economy.

Making all that just a wee bit worse, just what the California GOP didn’t need — publicity. The national media — in this case, the New York Times’ Adam Nagourney — has noticed that the state party is withering on the vine:


You Know You’re a Racist If You Find Yourself Saying Something Like This

racistemailOh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people — mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.

– Marilyn Davenport, an Orange County, Calif., tea party activist who emailed a photo of Pres. Obama depicted as a chimpanzee to her associates, proving that she is indeed a racist and inadvertently saddling the beleaguered California Republican Party with a scandal it did not need.