The Democratic Party is crumbling.
Division within its ranks has been festering for years over the corruption at the highest levels of the DNC.
The younger “Bernie-crats” are feuding with the older establishment crowd over the future of the Party, and nowhere is there more tension between these two factions than in California.
At the state’s recent convention, younger Democrats were shouting down some of the speakers to the point that former Chairman John Burton told them to,“Shut the f*ck up”.
Now with the impending Governor’s race hanging in the balance, Republicans may have a chance to take advantage of the chaos within the Democratic Party to gain a victory.
With five major Democrats in the race, or considering a run, the ruling party in California aired its dirty laundry for all Californians to see this past weekend at its annual convention in Sacramento, possibly creating an opening for the moribund California GOP to advance.
The list of major Democrats running includes Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, State Treasurer John Chiang, and former Los Angeles Mayor Tony Villaraigosa. Other potential Democratic candidates include hedge fund billionaire and environmentalist Tom Steyer, and State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León.
In the end, the “let’s-make-a-deal” wing of the party, otherwise known as the “establishment elite” or the “corporate wing,” won the day at the convention, putting one of their own, Eric Bauman, into power as party leader.
The election for the party chairmanship was so close that riled up the Bernie-crats demanded and were denied a recount. This has only further disillusioned the youth wing of the Democratic Party.
One Sanders supporter said, ““A lot of older folks talk about how proud they are to be Democrats. Millennials don’t feel that way.”
Although it’s a long shot for the GOP, former California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly thinks that Republicans are better positioned than they’ve been in some time.
“All this chaos and self-destruction is not likely to go unnoticed by gubernatorial hopefuls in the California Republican Party — or even by the Independents considering a bid.”
GOP members are already making headway with shaking up the Democratic Party’s monopoly in California.
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Earlier this month, Congressional candidate Omar Navarro launched his campaign bid against Rep. Maxine Waters at the sight of her $3.9 million mansion, calling for Californians to reject the Democrats that have destroyed the state.
If the Democratic Party continues to isolate the millennial base, they may not have the votes necessary to stop the GOP.