By any numerical measurement, the California Republican Party has hit hard times. Fewer than one out of three registered voters call themselves Republicans, and the party doesn't control a single statewide elected office.
In Monday's column, George Skelton points out some other statistics show the party sliding toward oblivion.
The California GOP is 82% white in a state expecting to have a Latino majority next year, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. When it comes to same-sex marriage, gun control and climate change, Republicans are far to the right of the state's population, Skelton says.
"We've got to figure out our highest priorities — such as the economy and jobs, public safety, efficient government, quality education — and focus on those," said Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar. "Talking about other things turns people off."
Politics is often viewed as cyclical -- parties gain and lose power as elections come and go. But Skelton says it's becoming more and more difficult to reverse Republicans' fortunes in California.