Here’s one for the WTF file: The Republican National Committee is holding its spring meeting in Hollywood, of all places, next week. It is a mystery why Chairman Reince Priebus would choose Hollywood, one of the GOP’s favorite punching bags, as the site of their meeting, especially since it is situated in a state where there is not a single elected GOP state official, where Democrats hold veto-proof majorities in both houses of the legislature and where Republican voter registration has cratered to 29 percent, the lowest it’s been since the 19th century:
They couldn’t have picked a more hostile place to hold the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting (April 10 to 13 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel).
After all this is the medical marijuana capital of the nation, the home of the angry immigrants’ rights protester, the American epicenter of powerful City Hall unions, a gay rights beacon and the place where porn is made — all things Republicans seem to hate.
Oh, and one out of every two of us in L.A. County is Latino.
Maybe the party is turning over a new leaf after its butthurt loss in the presidential election. Many have attributed its dire results to the party’s stance on illegal immigration, which has been perceived as hostile toward Latinos, a growing voting bloc.
Perhaps the rich, white folks of the GOP want to dip their chips in some our diverse salsa. The party — believed by some to be out of touch with America’s increasingly brown population — could certainly use a kick.
The last time the national Republicans came to town, they found themselves embroiled in a bit of a scandal after a group of them spent an evening at a high-end, artsy strip club in West Hollywood. Presumably, Chairman Priebus will keep his boys on a short leash this time.