Back when the state of California was suffering through the racist initiative wars of the 1990s (187, 209, 227) Eva Patterson, then leading the northern California Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights, used to sometimes console those of us working to stem the tide with the adage: "God doesn't like Ugly."
At the biennial UC Berkeley political consultant confab discussing the 2018 election results, luminaries from both parties and political academia agreed, the Ugly emanating from Donald Trump most likely has killed off the already weakened Republican Party in the state.
For veterans of the painfilled political seasons of the 1990s, this is sweet music indeed.
But celebrating state Democrats need to understand that just because the GOP is down and nearly out, politics doesn't end. Conflict merely moves within the dominant party. Californians have views and vital interests that clash and must be worked out within the political system. That's what a functioning democracy means. Let's try for as much integrity, honesty, and even unity in those conflicts within the Big Tent as possible.