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CA: Schwarzenegger tries to appease conservative critics
Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/25/06 | Steve Geissinger

Posted on 02/25/2006 8:18:31 AM PST by NormsRevenge

SAN JOSE — At a pivotal point for keeping his job, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told the divided GOP faithful Friday that he will continue to battle for reform of education, state spending, troubled pension systems and political boundary redistricting. "We will continue to fight for recovery," Schwarzenegger said.

The governor also reminded Republicans that he reversed the car tax, overhauled workers' compensation, stopped illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses and avoided tax hikes.

But he also had a warning for the GOP.

"Republicans must begin to change our outlook," he said. "We cannot just fight, we must build. We cannot just follow, we must lead."

Schwarzenegger addressed 1,400 delegates to the state GOP convention, with hopes of quieting conservative critics in the party who have their chance today to publicly air complaints about his veer to the center.

Though concerned about the critics, the governor is clinging to a support base of only 35 percent of Californians as he seeks re-election this year in a Democrat-leaning state.

He has shifted toward moderate stances on his proposed budget spending, costly public works bonds, minimum wage-hike support, judicial appointments and aides in an attempt to recapture some of the Democrats and independents he has lost — particularly in the Bay Area.

Highly popular as a former movie star, Schwarzenegger ousted former Gov. Gray Davis in 2003 as a maverick reformer with centrist appeal, then last year launched an unsuccessful and bruising special election to enact a partisan agenda.

"He's moved (back) toward the center because he knows you don't win an election as a Republican in California without independents," said Henry Brady, director of UC Berkeley's Survey Research Center. "It's a move in the right direction."

Despite conservative GOP critics, the governor was virtually assured of his party's nomination at the convention Sunday and was scheduled to leave after his Friday night speech for a National Governors Association conference this weekend in Washington, D.C.

The California Republican Assembly, representing the most conservative delegates, had been ready to fight for reversal of Schwarzenegger's endorsement.

They gave up that battle in exchange for the first public discussion today of their complaints.

The party's resolutions committee will consider four statements that criticize the governor on spending increases in his budget, an expensive public works bond proposal, support for a minimum wage hike and judicial appointments.

Conservatives also are upset by the governor's recent hiring of Democrat Susan Kennedy as his chief of staff.

Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, said "Kennedy is a symbol of the problems with the governor."

"Because of her ties to the Democratic Party and her role in the Davis administration, that's the abandonment of the principles behind the recall," Spence said. "That's what is frustrating a lot of conservatives."

Duf Sundheim, chairman of the California Republican Party, said "though it's clear Republicans wholeheartedly support the re-election of Governor Schwarzenegger this fall, the fact we have the freedom to openly discuss policy differences is one of our greatest strengths."

Those among the 21 wide-ranging resolutions that pass today will go before the entire assembly of delegates Sunday. Several praise the governor, citing his new infrastructure program, success in helping the economy, strengthening of public safety and efforts on budget reform.

Republicans will tackle the issues as they take in a luncheon today with state Sen. Tom McClintock, a Thousand Oaks Republican who is running for lieutenant governor, and a keynote speech tonight by Republican Secretary of State Bruce McPherson.

McClintock, widely considered the party's most prominent conservative voice, played a key role in persuading the California Republican Assembly to drop its resolution against endorsing Schwarzenegger.

The senator said he disagrees with the governor on some issues but notes that Schwarzenegger has accomplished many things that appeal to conservatives. McClintock said that "it's quite appropriate for the party to define its principles and to raise hell when its standard-bearers waver from those principles."

"But that is a very different thing from undermining the candidacies of Republicans like Schwarzenegger, who have done so much in concert with our principles, and shown enormous courage in doing so," McClintock said.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: appease; cagopconvention; california; conservative; critics; schwarzenegger; tries

1 posted on 02/25/2006 8:18:32 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
"Republicans must begin to change our outlook," he said. "We cannot just fight, we must build. We cannot just follow, we must lead."

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Im mulling this one. I think he is urging folks to just accept gay rights and the green movement as legitimate.

This party needs to decide which path it seeks to go down and now.

Better to ahve it out now than 2008 or 2010. By thta time it may be too late to do much at all to slow this social and fiscal rush to the left.

2 posted on 02/25/2006 8:20:31 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ironic, this coming from a gUb with an R by his name, the same week that South Dakota is going the opposite direction on abortion.


3 posted on 02/25/2006 8:21:58 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
Ahhh, never a dull moment in the Granola State -- land of fruits and nuts.

I'm glad I just get to watch and don't live there ... Pass the popcorn. :)

4 posted on 02/25/2006 8:24:18 AM PST by Babu
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To: NormsRevenge

Schwarzenegger is doing the best he can. We elected him to help fix the problem. He came to us will proposals to fix it, and the voters turned him down.

He is trying to make the BEST of a BAD situation.


5 posted on 02/25/2006 8:25:10 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: television is just wrong
He is trying to make the BEST of a BAD situation.

The bad situation is of his own making. Instead of fixing the problems, spending and borrowing, he exacerbated them with even more spending and more borrowing.

Now he apparently is urging the CAGOP to abandon conservatism: "Republicans must begin to change our outlook".

A pox on Schwarzenegger, Wilson and the New Majority.

Throw the bums out!

6 posted on 02/25/2006 8:32:57 AM PST by Amerigomag
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To: television is just wrong

He is an embarassment to the conservative agenda, imo.

This is how he fights? We know how he spends, look at his budgets and borrowing history.

W.A.S.S.


7 posted on 02/25/2006 8:35:14 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Amerigomag
... Throw the bums out!

The ilk won't be happy until it all belongs to the demoncraps ...

8 posted on 02/25/2006 8:36:23 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: Babu
... Pass the popcorn. :)

Ilk threads ain't that divisive anymore. Too many people have figured out that the herd are really fifth columnists, eventhough some of the dimmer ones don't realize it.

9 posted on 02/25/2006 8:41:36 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: 68 grunt

Most of it already does, this is a cleanup op.

If you weren't to blind to see what is happening, there ain't much left to dicker over.

Hope you're all happy when he signs bills to let illegals drive, gays to marry, you had your chance.

Oh well. It's gonna rain this weekend, hope the levees hold.


10 posted on 02/25/2006 8:42:19 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Some folks just don't care about the gays and greens and how much they are now calling the shots in this state, do they? That says a lot about the ca gop and where it is headed.

Just Win, Baby! Don't sweat the details!


11 posted on 02/25/2006 8:44:35 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 68 grunt
The ilk won't be happy until it all belongs to the demoncraps

Conservatives won't rest until liberals are run out of California's executive. Conservatives care not if those liberals are Republican or Democrat. Whether Schwarzenegger or Angelides. Whether foreign or domestic.

Throw the bums out!

12 posted on 02/25/2006 8:49:05 AM PST by Amerigomag
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To: 68 grunt
He has shifted toward moderate stances on his proposed budget spending, costly public works bonds, minimum wage-hike support, judicial appointments and aides in an attempt to recapture some of the Democrats and independents he has lost — particularly in the Bay Area.

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and the (M)ilk at FR applauded...

13 posted on 02/25/2006 8:53:50 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Amerigomag
... Conservatives won't rest until liberals are run out of California's executive.

Yes, the ilk can't have the will of the people in action. Sounds more, ah, totalitarian state'ist than conservative to me. Sorta national, socialist, kinda deal ...

Regardless, the duty of the herd remains; Throw republican bums out!

14 posted on 02/25/2006 8:58:33 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: NormsRevenge
... and the (M)ilk at FR applauded...

While your post is intended to widen the schism, causing more division, the essence is true. If we want to capture and hold the middleground we must have those allies whom you hold in such phony contempt.

15 posted on 02/25/2006 9:01:57 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: 68 grunt
Throw republican bums out!

If they're corrupt and/or liberal; you bet!

Whether Duke Cunningham or the Wilsonegger gang.

Throw the bums out!

16 posted on 02/25/2006 9:08:17 AM PST by Amerigomag
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To: 68 grunt

they are 'allies'? lololol
oh man, that's a good one.. lolol


17 posted on 02/25/2006 9:09:07 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 68 grunt
While your post is intended to widen the schism, causing more division

In fact, the post is designed to unify. This is an independent, conservative forum. Not a Republican forum.

Moderates and loyal Republican partisans might be better served on a partisan, Republican forum. Valid criticism of a liberal Republican administration might be considered to cause more division on that sort of forum. Does the RNC have a board?

18 posted on 02/25/2006 9:15:00 AM PST by Amerigomag
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To: NormsRevenge
they are 'allies'? ...

Without 'em you're destined to remain loosers. (Which is your goal, btw)

19 posted on 02/25/2006 9:39:25 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: Amerigomag
... Does the RNC have a board?

Does the DNC? Oh yeah, if my suspicion is correct, that is where the ilk get their marching orders. The brighter ones, that is. The dimmer ones just follow along.

20 posted on 02/25/2006 9:42:04 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: 68 grunt
if my suspicion is correct, that is where the ilk get their marching orders

Why do Republicans come to FreeRepublic to attack conservatives?

Why not go to a Democrat forum? Repubnlicans would have more flexibility on a Democrat forum. Sometimes Republican could agree with Democrats and at other times Republicans could attack Democrats.

Republican moderates and liberals, arriving at FreeRepublic, armed with emotions and party loyalty but lacking facts, simply get their clocks cleaned and then are forced to limp home. That can't be fun.

21 posted on 02/25/2006 10:13:06 AM PST by Amerigomag
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To: 68 grunt

..and voting as you have has yielded us 'winners'? I would question for whose side. you seem to follow the mass, right or wrong. lol


22 posted on 02/25/2006 10:20:10 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
You sure laugh out loud a lot. Might wanna check with someone on that.

Capturing the middleground is not 'following the mass, (right or wrong)'. The job of the ilk is to deny the middleground, knowing that conservatives can never win on their own.

23 posted on 02/25/2006 10:26:07 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: 68 grunt

that's what I love about ya, ya hang at a conservative forum pushing moderates views and a liberal agenda and don't even know it..
Ain't America great!


24 posted on 02/25/2006 10:27:57 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 68 grunt
You sure laugh out loud a lot. Might wanna check with someone on that.

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It's mutual, Im sure.

unlike some here.. all growls ,, no bite..

BTW, Ya gonna go see McCain when he visits California this summer campaigning for the Gub ?


25 posted on 02/25/2006 10:33:09 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Amerigomag
... Why do Republicans come to FreeRepublic to attack conservatives? ...

I don't attack conservatives. I attack the ilk who pretend to be caricatures of conservatives. There are only a couple of these pretenders, but they depend upon diehard conservatives, (many of whom are responsible for the initial caricatures), to form their herd. I see what they are doing and present a counterpoint. You seem to be afraid of that counterpoint and encourage my departure. Were that to happen you would have successfully divided another conservative.

26 posted on 02/25/2006 10:33:15 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: NormsRevenge
BTW, Ya gonna go see McCain when he visits California this summer campaigning for the Gub ?

Hadn't planned on it. Right now I ain't a big fan of the gubinator. Sure ain't a big fan of McCain, either. However, I do recognize his anger and mania as a case of righteously earned PTSD. This recognition allows me to both cut the dude some slack, and at the same time give me a completely valid reason to campaign against him in any sort of executive position.

27 posted on 02/25/2006 10:39:56 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: 68 grunt

So you don't care about Susan , massive bonds and debt, any of his moves on any issue, it sounds,, you're just a happy camper?

Well, good for you. Some of us can only wish we had as tough and diverse stomach and digestive tract as yours.


28 posted on 02/25/2006 10:42:58 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
... Ain't America great!

Sure is!

Btw, I don't 'push views', but I sometimes give my opinion.

29 posted on 02/25/2006 10:44:30 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: NormsRevenge
Did you read my post? You're just looking to insult and divide. Will you consider it a big win for me to repeat "I ain't too happy with the gubinator right now"? I don't know whether to attribute it to your lack of reading comprehension, or your eagerness to divide?
30 posted on 02/25/2006 10:48:51 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: 68 grunt

I love your evasiveness as so many others of the (M)ilk display, certain issues are off limits, no reply,, typical.

but accuse any one not marching lockstep as divisive, cabalic, insultive..

what is insultative is the genuine dishonesty of some here pushing liberal agendas as they fall out of Trojan Horse's bellies who do their work of conquering from within that which they can not win by vote legitimately...

if you want them to grow in power so bad, that is telling enough . Thanks.


31 posted on 02/25/2006 10:53:43 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge
I don't agree we should move left. But where should we lead? That is a good question. The Democrats will say NO. We should articulate the positive: improved dams, safer roads, better schools and an increased private housing supply. The things we need to make life better in California. Our opponents are trying to figure out how not to get these things done while spending more on what we don't need. Its that simple. We can lead, follow, or get out of the way. I prefer our party leads and that's without subscribing to Arnold's specific views.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

32 posted on 02/25/2006 12:19:19 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: NormsRevenge

his idea was to go to the people with his changes and involve the people with the choice
they turned him down. I don't like what has happened, but that is what his idea was.

and yes, it has turned out to be an embaressment.


33 posted on 02/25/2006 2:35:07 PM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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