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The way of Trump is a big loser in California

If you’re looking for the best metaphor for how the Republican Party blew the recall attempt against Gov. Gavin Newsom, look no further than the sight of mixed martial arts legend Tito Ortiz knocked out by Anderson Silva in the first round of a boxing match Saturday.

This time last year, Ortiz was a rising star for the GOP, the latest celebrity to make a political run as he campaigned for a seat on the Huntington Beach City Council. He ended up getting the most votes of any candidate in city history by espousing the MAGA school of politics — ridicule the libs, proclaim skepticism to coronavirus shutdowns and the pandemic itself, and offer vague promises of freedom with little in actual, tangible plans.

But once it came time to actually duke it out in the octagon of democracy? Ortiz went down like a tree meeting a lumberjack.

Instead of building a career as Surf City’s Trump-by-the-Sea, he left office in June after barely half a year, basically claiming the public was too mean to him and his family. Just three months later, Ortiz lay before Silva in the boxing ring, flatter than a tortilla. Why, even former President Donald Trump was there to witness his acolyte’s demise.

Way to impress Papi Trump, Tito!

An embarrassing, career-ending defeat is also what ended up happening with California (Surfing) GOP just yawned and moved on. They knew Republicans would feed the promise of victory to the maw of defeat, period.

For the past quarter-century, state Republicans have acted like the Black Knight in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” that poor soul who insisted on fighting even after all of his limbs were cut off, describing the amputations as mere flesh wounds, and then left bragging that he earned a draw against King Arthur as His Royal Highness left the squawking stump by the side of the road.

Nearly every big move that the state GOP has done to wrest power from Democrats — term limits, bigoted propositions, selling its soul to Trump — has spectacularly blown up in their face.

The attempted Newsom coup was the worst laugher yet — because of the many Hail Marys that Democrats who didn’t agree with Newsom’s COVID-19 strategy of mandated shutdowns. There was enough discontent in Democrats were stumbling, like a fighter who had just weathered a well-placed jab and wasn’t seeing the uppercut heading his way. This was the time when Caitlyn Jenner was the most prominent recall candidate. But the idea was that Republicans would coalesce around a sensible person like former Democrats openly saying they weren’t going to support Newsom. That’s when close polls were shocking the nation and scaring Democrats into thinking there might be a historic upset.

Then Larry Elder came along, a political nothingburger that goes down best with a carafe of whine. Instead of blowing off the blowhard, Republican Party leaders stood down and let him and his supporters suck the oxygen out of the recall movement to stoke their fire-and-brimstone strategy.

Right-wingers love Elder, who basically took a page out of the Trump playbook and has a long-running knack for saying things about Black people that make bigots swoon. Elder almost certainly scared enough people on the fence about voting to cast ballots and bail out Newsom.

Suddenly, Newsom didn’t have to defend his record so much as say he wasn’t Elder. It was the second wind El Gavin needed to roar back in a way that made rival John Cox’s Kodiak bear seem as ferocious as a church mouse.

Any sane conservative strategist should’ve seen that Elder stood no chance in California (Surfing) GOP down with him. (That is, unless Trump decides to make him his VP candidate for a 2024 presidential run.)

Give up your win-quick schemes, Republicans. Voters long ago tired of your embarrassing tantrums. Build to win for the long-term, not with Hail Marys thrown by quarterbacks who keep heaving it the wrong way.

Otherwise, you’re gonna end up like Tito Ortiz, left to do exhibition fights in a casino in Florida — just to end up face down on the political canvas.

Gustavo Arellano is a columnist for the

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