Skip to comments.Not Nuts
Posted on 09/30/2003 6:39:12 PM PDT by WarrenC
Readers are all over me for calling the Board of Directors of the California GOP nuts this morning. Okay, the members of the Board arent actually insaneDuf Sundheim, the chairman of the party, is a lawyer here in Palo Alto whom I know to be hard-working and public-spirited, a man who is only too happy to perform an unpaid job that lots of people wouldnt touch. But I still think endorsing Arnold was a whopper of a mistake.
As far back as the 1966 gubernatorial campaign of Ronald Reagan, the California GOP has been divided into two camps, the conservatives and the moderates. With the emergence in the 1970s and 1980s of the social issuesor, to put it another way, with the assault during that period on traditional moralitythe division deepened. What used to be a disagreement over taxes and spending became a disagreement over the intractable issues of abortion, gay rights, and school vouchers. To hold the party together, an essential task in a state where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by roughly 45 to 35 percent, both sides need to demonstrate an almost exaggerated civility toward one another.
To my mind, Tom McClintock has been doing a pretty good job of just that. Arnold hasnt. To name just one example of Arnolds incivility, he has called supporters of Ward Connerlys Racial Privacy Initiative right-wing crazies. McClintock supporters, understandably enough, find this galling, and plenty of themI beg your pardon: plenty of usare already hopping mad. (For a fine example of fiery polemics, look at this piecehttp://noleftturns.ashbrook.org/default.asp?archiveID=2638 by John Eastman, a professor of law at Chapman University and a regular guest on Hugh Hewitts radio show.)
Enter the Board of Directors of the California GOP. By endorsing Arnold, I suppose, they might have won him a few additional votes, helping to give some sense of inevitability to Arnolds campaign. But why? Arnold didnt need the help. The most pronounced effect of the endorsement, I suspect, will be the insult it conveys to McClintocks supporters. All that Tom McClintock has is a conservative message and the ability to articulate it, yet on that alone he has garnered the support of between a sixth and a fifth of the California electorateand polls show that if Arnold dropped out of the race McClintock might very well win. The 17 members of the Board of Directors of the California GOP have now announced that they got together, talked it over for a couple of hours, and decided that the judgment of Tom McClintock and his hundreds of thousands of supporters is inferior to their own.
The decision may not have been nuts, but its no example of sound politics, either.
Tell it to these so-called "Moderates", that will not support Conservative candidates that can win!
So much for "exaggerated civility"...if they want a war...they GOT one!
Say "NO" to the pro-Infanticide/Anti-2nd Ammendment/Pro Illegal Infiltrator Crowd..say no to RINOs/CINOs/Country Clubbers!
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