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Whitman says in new book that catering to GOP's far-right wing will hurt party
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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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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: bookreview; canibuyaclue; christiewhitman; itsmypartytoo; rinos; stillclueless; whitman; womanlivesinacave
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1 posted on 12/17/2004 3:20:17 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

She might be right except the Dems keep doing stupid crap that it don't really matter who's in charge at the GOP.


2 posted on 12/17/2004 3:22:56 PM PST by bahblahbah
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


3 posted on 12/17/2004 3:23:48 PM PST by ScottFromSpokane (We're none of us prefect.)
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To: bahblahbah

like nominating communist traitors, next thing you know they will nominate Fidel Castro


4 posted on 12/17/2004 3:25:27 PM PST by William of Orange (Can anyone help me with HTML tags? Private mail me! Thanx :-)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


5 posted on 12/17/2004 3:25:51 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


6 posted on 12/17/2004 3:27:08 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


7 posted on 12/17/2004 3:27:23 PM PST by tkathy (The Bluenecks need to get over it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh and I suppose the far left wing is actually helping the Dems?


8 posted on 12/17/2004 3:28:22 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Sub-Driver
You call the last 4 years catering to the right wing?

I think we need to define our terms Miz. Whitman.

9 posted on 12/17/2004 3:28:48 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan

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.


10 posted on 12/17/2004 3:32:15 PM PST by laconic
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To: Cicero

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.


11 posted on 12/17/2004 3:32:35 PM PST by Roccus (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: Sub-Driver
Dear Mrs Whitman:
Tell us what the RINO contract with America is.
12 posted on 12/17/2004 3:32:59 PM PST by ex-snook (Exporting jobs and the money to buy America is lose-lose..)
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To: Sub-Driver

Crissy must be tired of frisking African-American perps. Maybe she should take up knitting.


13 posted on 12/17/2004 3:34:32 PM PST by You Dirty Rats
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To: Sub-Driver

Catering to extremist is always a bad idea. On either side of the aisle.


14 posted on 12/17/2004 3:34:54 PM PST by Tempest (Click on my name for a long list of press contacts)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


15 posted on 12/17/2004 3:35:00 PM PST by Jabba the Nutt (Breaded and deep fried in peanut oil.)
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To: bahblahbah

Doubt it. She's been wrong on everything else. The GOP would probably benefit from kicking idiots like her out of the party.


16 posted on 12/17/2004 3:35:24 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: AreaMan

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.


17 posted on 12/17/2004 3:36:23 PM PST by ImpotentRage
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To: Sub-Driver

Funny how we keep winning without all those alienated moderates.


18 posted on 12/17/2004 3:36:51 PM PST by papertyger
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To: Roccus

"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....


19 posted on 12/17/2004 3:38:08 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Ask WWJJD? What would Jesse Jackson Do? Find out & STAND AGAINST IT!)
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To: Sub-Driver

The only problem with this is that anyone to the right of Whitman, including Ted Kennedy, is the far right wing.


20 posted on 12/17/2004 3:39:07 PM PST by RushLake (Permission from the UN...we don't need no stinking permission slip from the UN.)
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To: dr_who_2

I wonder who she supported in 1976? Ford or Reagan? Hmmm.


21 posted on 12/17/2004 3:39:48 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Sub-Driver
IN OTHER WORDS, Whitman is saying if the Republicans continue to do what has been proven to be successful, they won't be successful. And if they try to moderate, which has always been UNsuccessful, then they will be successful. Must be something in the New Jersey water supply.

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.

22 posted on 12/17/2004 3:40:40 PM PST by GLDNGUN
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To: Cicero

There's a third reason, she governed largely a blue state.


23 posted on 12/17/2004 3:40:43 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Congratulations President-Re-Elect George W. Bush!)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


24 posted on 12/17/2004 3:41:14 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: papertyger

Even funnier how that original right wing cowboy Reagan won two landslides.


25 posted on 12/17/2004 3:41:41 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Sub-Driver

26 posted on 12/17/2004 3:42:08 PM PST by GOP_Raider (RAIDERS 25, Broncos 24. How you like us now Shanahan?)
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To: Sub-Driver

The only good she's ever given Bush is Barney. Period!


27 posted on 12/17/2004 3:42:57 PM PST by demkicker (I'm Ra th er sick of Dan)
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To: mainepatsfan

I don't care.


28 posted on 12/17/2004 3:45:56 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


29 posted on 12/17/2004 3:46:26 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Congratulations President-Re-Elect George W. Bush!)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


30 posted on 12/17/2004 3:47:43 PM PST by RBroadfoot
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To: dr_who_2

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.


31 posted on 12/17/2004 3:48:34 PM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Sub-Driver

And I'm sure that all 5 of the people that buy her book agree with her.....................


32 posted on 12/17/2004 3:50:43 PM PST by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I am interested (sort of) to know
her definition of the "right wing" of the GOP.


33 posted on 12/17/2004 3:51:31 PM PST by onyx (A BLESSED & MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


34 posted on 12/17/2004 3:53:06 PM PST by NMR Guy
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To: onyx

I think Zell Miller would fall under the category of "right wing" in her eyes.


35 posted on 12/17/2004 3:54:48 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Congratulations President-Re-Elect George W. Bush!)
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To: Sub-Driver
This from a governor who was so far to the left that she made Barney Frank look like Ronald Reagan.

I hope nobody here buys this moron's book even if they find it on a discount rack for $0.99.

36 posted on 12/17/2004 3:55:43 PM PST by Alberta's Child (If whiskey was his mistress, his true love was the West . . .)
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To: Sub-Driver
Whitman who?

This is some tired stuff.

37 posted on 12/17/2004 3:58:02 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Sub-Driver
Political has-beens always know what the Republicans are doing wrong.
38 posted on 12/17/2004 4:03:46 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: Sub-Driver
[ 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. ]

However she could be 100 percent WRONG... as usual..

39 posted on 12/17/2004 4:06:23 PM PST by hosepipe (This Propaganda has been edited to include not a small amount of Hyperbole..)
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To: Sub-Driver
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.

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.

40 posted on 12/17/2004 4:06:46 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (Once again chilling the champagne for the FR Inaugural Ball II.)
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To: MamaLucci
"all 5 of the people that buy her book..."

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!

41 posted on 12/17/2004 4:08:06 PM PST by penowa
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To: Sub-Driver

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!


42 posted on 12/17/2004 4:12:46 PM PST by StockAyatollah (Christmas is America. Love it or leave it!)
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To: MamaLucci

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.


43 posted on 12/17/2004 4:13:15 PM PST by meenie
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To: Sub-Driver

What comprises the "far right wing" Of the Republican Party?


44 posted on 12/17/2004 4:13:47 PM PST by sport
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To: Sub-Driver


(Apocalypse ch 3) "[15] I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot. [16] But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.


45 posted on 12/17/2004 4:18:37 PM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: Sub-Driver
She wrote the book hoping Dubya would be a one term president.

Now she has shown herself to be witless.......which is what we NJ folks always knew.

46 posted on 12/17/2004 4:28:30 PM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH)
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To: RBroadfoot

The same Christie Whitman who was AGAINST parental notification for minors to have an abortion.


47 posted on 12/17/2004 4:33:10 PM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH)
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To: GLDNGUN
It certainly wasn't moderates who just won the election for W.

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.

48 posted on 12/17/2004 4:37:27 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Sub-Driver

Unnngh! If we never hear from her again, it will be too soon!


49 posted on 12/17/2004 4:42:39 PM PST by Tax-chick (Jesus is the reason for the season which begins at sundown on December 24.)
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To: meenie

The GOP may have it's problems, but Ms. Whitman certainly doesn't have the answers.


50 posted on 12/17/2004 4:44:01 PM PST by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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