Skip to comments.Some in GOP Fear Effort May Alienate Voters
Posted on 03/22/2005 3:19:56 PM PST by Crackingham
The extraordinary steps taken by congressional Republicans to save the life of Terri Schiavo have won plaudits from evangelical Christians and other conservative activists, but some Republicans worry about a potential backlash among others who view the intervention as an overbearing use of government power.
Just as Congress passed and President Bush signed legislation allowing federal courts to review whether Schiavo's feeding tube should be withdrawn, a poll by ABC News found that 70% of those surveyed believed congressional intervention was inappropriate.
Though some GOP strategists have argued that the issue is a political winner for the party because it appeals to religious conservatives, other Republicans warn that the bold maneuver risks alienating swing voters as well as Republicans worried about government invasions of individual privacy.
"It goes beyond shameless politics," said Tony Fabrizio, a Republican pollster. "It becomes a more crystallized proof point that we are no longer the party of smaller government. We have become a party of 'It doesn't matter what size government is as long as it is imposing our set of values.' "
Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), before voting against the bill Bush later signed, asked: "How deep is this Congress going to reach into the personal lives of each and every one of us?"
Some of the conservative critics of Congress' action say the issue goes to the core of what kind of party the GOP will become. They worry it will further erode the party's commitment to limiting the role of the federal government.
"Conservatives who have criticized the idea that Washington should run everything ought to be sheepish" about getting involved in the Schiavo case, said David Boaz, an analyst at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.
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Perhaps some in GOP need backbone.
I'm sure the LA Times just printed this in the hopes of helping the GOP win more voters.
Convenient how they don't mention that this was actually bipartisan.
The only truth in this POS article maybe referring to Rinoies!
Right now they are using subtle digs at us every chance they get - they are probably hatching a fake bombshell story right now, just waiting to use it to throw the next election. Do not trust the mainstream media - they have ONE objective - to sway elections and power over to their side.
How bout I send my money to known Conservative Congress and Senator types, but not to RINOs.
The Lala Times. Home of Bob Scheer. Pravda West.
Culture of Death seeping into the GOP......Disgusting!
When you do the right thing, you don't worry about the polls.
When you don't know what the right thing is, you think they may give you a clue.
This is what happens when the Libertarians/some Democrats cannot get elected and become Republicans. Those of us who have been in the trenches are still the Party of Life. Anyone that runs for office around me that spouts any of this Libertarian nonsense and is Republican will NEVER get my support.
That's why polls are so important to newspapers. They long ago sold off whatever integrity they had to tell the difference -- and why looking around at each other, all they see is hopeless corruption and disgust.
The LA Slimes has a refind the journalistic art of publishing articles which appear to be NEWS, but are actually NEWS ANALYSIS. The problem with NEWS ANALYSIS is that it's very hard to tell the difference between it and EDUCATED GUESSING, WISHFUL THINKING or PLAIN OLD-FASHIONED SPIN. This kind of stuff really belongs on the opinion pages, or better yet, in the trash.
Oops, that should read "The LA Slimes has refined..."
Pray for W and Terri
Well...It's certainly not going to win any.
"Some in GOP Fear Effort May Alienate Voters"
WTF, who are they, liberal demoncRATs?
That's right, quote a weak-kneed, quivering RINO... They are always in fear that anything they do might alienate some voters.