Representative Dana Rohrabacher is a tough man to like. His views are often moderate, though he normally votes pretty well with conservatives in the House. For a California Republican, he’s about as far to the right as most “conservatives” in California can stomach. This is why I’m voting for him. He’s as good as I can expect to get.
I’m a conservative. My views are further to the right than just about anyone I know in Southern California. I supported Ted Cruz for President and reluctantly followed President Trump for the last two years. I’m honest enough to admit I really like some of the things he’s done. I’ll continue to condemn tariffs, repeal and “replace,” and any discussion of an untenable two-state solution.
With all that said, I’m willing to accept Rohrabacher as my representative because if he and other Republicans lose, we’re in much deeper trouble than having to worry about a few scattered leftist ideas permeating the Republican Party.
The Democrats have become dangerous. Some will say I’m naive to think this hasn’t always been the case, but I remember a time when even Democrats fought for border security, reducing crime, and maintaining a strong military. To all you young people, you’re going to have to take my word on it. Then again, it’s okay if you think the Democrats have always been this bad. Whatever it takes to get you to vote, I’m all for it.
California is politically lost. I’m here because I need to be here, not because I want to be here. I’ll probably die here, and that’s okay. The weather is great and the ocean is amazing. But with the nice temperatures and wonderful view comes a leftism that engulfs pretty much everything we try to do in the state.
I’m mentioning all this because I no longer hope for conservatism to spread here. I’ll accept a moderate Republicanism as long as it serves a purpose. In this midterm election year, that purpose is making sure the Democrats do not stall or reverse the progress we’ve made since President Trump took office. It hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies, but I’m quick to admit it has been much better than I expected.
Progress will stop if the Democrats get control of the House, which at this point seems likely. So to my fellow SoCal conservatives, I ask that you embrace Dana Rohrabacher at the ballot box. As left as this state is, having a little help on the right is a good thing.