By endorsing Arnold Schwarzenegger over Tom McClintock this evening–the first time the organization has ever preferred one Republican candidate over another–the Board of Directors of the California Republican Party has demonstrated one very good reason the GOP is in such sad shape in the Golden State: The party is run by nuts. Do these people really believe that Californians will open their newspapers tomorrow morning, then slap their foreheads in sudden recognition? “If the GOP board of directors says Arnold’s the one, then he must be. Hey, honey! Where are those absentee ballots that arrived a couple of weeks ago? We can finally fill them out!”
Republican voters won’t vote they way the way the GOP board of directors, whoever they are, tell them to vote–and Arnold doesn’t need the help. The only effect of this decision will be to insult McClintock supporters.