Citizen Bannon

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Citizen Bannon came to California last week to address the Republican State Convention.  Bannon is the Republican Party’s answer to Maximilien Francois de Robespierre, the “citizen” revolutionary who in 1790 brought the Reign of Terror to the French Revolution. Having destroyed the French establishment by guillotine without trial, Citizen Robespierre was himself guillotined without trial […]

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Democrats Discover Gerrymandering

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

 One should not criticize wisdom when it comes late because too often wisdom does not come at all.  So we should be happy that after 35 years, liberal politicians and their academic supporters have suddenly discovered the evils of gerrymandering, and brought a case challenging its constitutionality before the US Supreme Court. I was present […]

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The Reality And The Politics Of DACA

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

The Trump decision to eliminate DACA will not lead to massive deportations of so-called Dreamers; in fact it is likely to have little effect at all.  The 800,000 DACA immigrants were in this country before DACA was enacted in 2012; they are likely to be here long after it ends, if it does end. That’s […]

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California’s Attempt At “Massive Resistance”

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

California’s decision to become a “Sanctuary State” and defy the federal government on immigration, likely to become law later this month, places California in the company of state’s rights extremists that once tried to stop public school integration by much the same means. In 1956, in response to the Supreme Court’s 1954 school integration decision, […]

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Paying The Price For The Healthcare Fiasco

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

The next question in the fight over healthcare is what price will Republicans pay at the polls for this fiasco.  Some folks think angry conservatives will punish the moderates who refused to repeal Obamacare, but the more likely political consequence is defeat for those vulnerable Republicans who voted for this unpopular bill in the House.  Chief among […]

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The Single Payer Health Care Fraud

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Thankfully, the Assembly Speaker has put the brakes on the version of single payer health care that passed the California Senate, but the controversy over single payer is far a from over.  The fact is that “single payer health care” is a fraud; it does not exist in a single industrialized nation.  Perhaps a few […]

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Republicans Cannot Win Elections Without Candidates

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

After their decade long agony of defeat, California Republicans can suddenly see a tiny flicker of hope on the horizon.  It comes in the form of the gas tax increase pushed through the legislature by Gov. Brown and majority Democrats which it turns out is quite unpopular.  Can Republicans make any political hay out of […]

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Will Trump’s Proposals Destroy California Republicans?

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

In 1994 and again in 2010, Democrats suffered historic loses in the House of Representatives because newly minted Presidents Clinton and Obama forced their members walk the plank with unpopular votes on tax and health care bills. Now President Trump seems to be doing the same thing to his Republican backers, and the results look […]

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The Democratic Folly In Filibustering Gorsuch

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

Democratic US Senators have now launched the first partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in American history in an attempt to defeat Judge Neil Gorsuch. They seem to be doing so because their Democratic base demands it, but the upshot will be to end any influence Senate Democrats will have over Supreme Court nominees […]

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How The Health Care Fiasco Helps California Republicans

Tony Quinn
Political Analyst

The collapse of the House Republican health care plan, and with it probably the effectiveness of Speaker Paul Ryan as well as the first hundred days of the Trump Administration, was a godsend to one group of people: the seven endangered California House Republicans who did not have to vote on a really terrible Obamacare repealer. The bill […]

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