Why are they having a hard time managing the state? There are plenty of people there, and lots of revenue..?
Different regions want to manage differently and have different priorities. Because the state is so long versus a spherical shape you have people in Northern California with very different ideologies than those in Southern California. Texas is big also but we wouldn't consider dividing it; some of that is based on the shape of Texas.
There are already distinct regions of "values"; that is what is driving some to feel they would be better off splitting off.
Conservatives might want to consider...and I do...that if they split into three states that may very well add more conservative states to the union. To generalize about what constitutes all of California's population or all of California's ideology is to lose sight of a possible opportunity for Republicans.
California-bashing is short-sighted and based on seeing the state as homogeneous in nature therefore inaccurate. The issue of wanting to divide won't stop coming up because they really, really have different regions of belief systems.
As a Republican and a Conservative I am hoping that this time around it takes hold. It would be in our favor if they split.