Skip to comments.Whitman says in new book that catering to GOP's far-right wing will hurt party
Posted on 12/17/2004 3:20:17 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Whitman says in new book that catering to GOP's far-right wing will hurt party Friday December 17, 2004 By DONNA DE LA CRUZ Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman writes in her upcoming book that if the far-right wing of the Republican Party continues to be a major influence with the GOP, the party will be seriously harmed.
Whitman, who served as Environmental Protection Agency administrator for President Bush from 2001 until May 2003, also says in the book that she was often at odds with the White House on issues such as setting caps on air pollutants, controls on power plant emissions and the debate over global warming. Her tenure was marred by conservatives who felt she was too moderate.
She also writes about some of the issues she faced as New Jersey's governor from 1994 to 2001, particularly the racial profiling of motorists by state police.
But the premise of Whitman's book ``It's My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America,'' is on how moderate Republicans must regain control of the party. The right-wing of the party has claimed credit for Bush's re-election.
``A clear and present danger Republicans face today is that the party will now move so far to the right that it ends up alienating centrist voters and marginalizing itself,'' Whitman writes in the book, obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The book is slated to be released by The Penguin Press in late January.
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She might be right except the Dems keep doing stupid crap that it don't really matter who's in charge at the GOP.
It's interesting how a party's electoral fortunes are always said to hinge on how closely the party's platform tracks the speaker's preferences.
like nominating communist traitors, next thing you know they will nominate Fidel Castro
How would she know?
a) If I'm correct - NJ didn't vote for Bush; and
b) she had no clue as to why he was re-elected.
Move her book to the bargain bin (.99/lb) directly from the loading dock and save some time.
Unfortunately, Christie Whitman considers anyone who isn't a RINO to be hard right. In other words, she's right and 90% of the Republican party is wrong.
The only reason she ever became governor in the first place is a) she's an attractive and plausible woman; and b) her predecessor in the governor's office was a corrupt incompetent who went too far even for the New Jersey voters to stomach.
The far left democrats are doing it to their party, I sure hope that the far righters have enough sense not to do the same thing. Us disgusting moderates need a party too.
Oh and I suppose the far left wing is actually helping the Dems?
I think we need to define our terms Miz. Whitman.
She appointed six of the seven judges on the New Jersey Supreme Court that in 2002 came up with the remarkable ruling that the law didn't matter and the Democrats were sure OK, pretty please, to substitute Lautenburg for Torricelli on the Senate ballot. Then she complained about the decision! She was a spendthrift who probably finished the Republican Party in the State for the next 20 years.
You may see her as attractive now, but before she was governor she coud eat corn on the cob through a chain link fence.
The b) part of your post was on the money though.
Crissy must be tired of frisking African-American perps. Maybe she should take up knitting.
Catering to extremist is always a bad idea. On either side of the aisle.
The anti-GOP folks always attack the 'right-wing' or here 'far right wing', but they never one, identify who these people are or two, what these unacceptable policies are. No substance.
Doubt it. She's been wrong on everything else. The GOP would probably benefit from kicking idiots like her out of the party.
You call the last 4 years catering to the right wing?
How right (no pun intended) you are! This administration - in my opinion - has always been a RINO administration and is becoming even more so.
Funny how we keep winning without all those alienated moderates.
"before she was governor she coud eat corn on the cob through a chain link fence"
now THERE's a mental image for you. ROFLOL!
Unfortunately her RINO-pandering to the Left now that she wants to sell her consulting services is a lot less funny....
The only problem with this is that anyone to the right of Whitman, including Ted Kennedy, is the far right wing.
I wonder who she supported in 1976? Ford or Reagan? Hmmm.
It certainly wasn't moderates who just won the election for W. Sheesh. The moderates are a drag on the party if anything. They should be thanking us for pulling their dead weight. Them telling the conservatives how to win would be like the pedestrian Indianapolis Colt defensive players telling Peyton Manning and the record-setting offense how to score points. NOTE TO MODERATES: Sit down, shut up, and enjoy the free ride. If we want advice on how to lose an election, you'll be the first to know.
There's a third reason, she governed largely a blue state.
If the "far right" is in control of the WH and Congress then I'd really hate to see the federal budget when the moderates take over.
Even funnier how that original right wing cowboy Reagan won two landslides.
The only good she's ever given Bush is Barney. Period!
I don't care.
The GOP won't accomplish anything if hand-wringers like her are fretting at every move. It's Republicans like her that drag down the party stifling momentum.
Is this the same Christie Todd Whitman that opposed a ban on partial birth abortion? Yeah, she's in a great position to advise Republicans.
My point is she's part of that Northeastern country club GOP that did everything in their power to make sure Reagan never got the GOP nomination.
And I'm sure that all 5 of the people that buy her book agree with her.....................
I am interested (sort of) to know
her definition of the "right wing" of the GOP.
Well, I'm not sure how the "far right wing" has been an influence in the Republican party. What has President Bush done that is "far right wing"?
Sometimes I think this is just a game: How many people can be made to believe that anything that is not quite as socialist/internationalist/anti-religious as the Democratic party is "far right".
If that's far right, then I will proudly be so, and more.
I think Zell Miller would fall under the category of "right wing" in her eyes.
I hope nobody here buys this moron's book even if they find it on a discount rack for $0.99.
This is some tired stuff.
However she could be 100 percent WRONG... as usual..
Yes, and we will be in the minority in no time once the spineless moderates take over. And most moderates will be perfectly OK with that, since they mostly agree with Democrats, anyway.
Ms. Whitman is a pol from the sclerotic Northeast (where I live, sadly). It is only a matter of time before that section of the country is totally irrelevant, since most of the population that gives a damn is leaving in droves.
Yes, lucky for all of us when the Republican party tanks because of all of us right-wing whackos, nobody will know who to blame because there will only be 5 people in the country and Ms. Whitman who have read her book and know that we're to blame. She is a pathetic excuse for a RINO and with people like Specter, Collins, etc., as RINO examples, that is saying something!
Hey Christie, I proudly admit to being a member of the Far Right. I can assure you that the Republican Party has not catered to me!
I feel so bad that I have contributed to destroying the GOP. It used to be that a conservative viewpoint was a necessity to being a Republican. Now it seems anything goes as long as the Pubbies win an election. Buying a few votes here, pandering to that group there, as well as spending like a drunken sailor is the way to go. I've got a feeling that lack of principle is as damaging as forthright conservative viewpoints for the Grand Old Party.
What comprises the "far right wing" Of the Republican Party?
(Apocalypse ch 3) " I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot.  But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.
Now she has shown herself to be witless.......which is what we NJ folks always knew.
The same Christie Whitman who was AGAINST parental notification for minors to have an abortion.
That's why they have to call themselves the Republican Leadership Conference--like when a grocery store puts up a sign that says "Crisp fresh peppers" and they all look like Maya Ouspenskaya.
Unnngh! If we never hear from her again, it will be too soon!
The GOP may have it's problems, but Ms. Whitman certainly doesn't have the answers.