For conservative residents of northwest Orange County still smarting over redistricting that dumped them in a liberal-majority Congressional district that sent Alan Lowenthal (D-CA47) to Washington, D.C., a recent assessment by Alan I. Abramowitz of general prospects for Republican candidates in California made in the context of a 2012 northern California House race is discouraging (emphasis added):
Conservative activists should tailor their arguments to be favorably heard by today’s electorate — “diverse, liberal California.”
Conservative policy is sound. Supporters of conservative policy need to rework and reword their arguments in support of that policy so that support will grow.
A fortress mentality will not work when the walls have been breached by redistricting.
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