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Losing by Winning (George Neumayr)
American Prowler ^ | 10/1/2003 | George Neumayr

Posted on 09/30/2003 9:57:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Imagine if the Democrats won an election with a candidate who made vague liberal sounds from time to time, but decried abortion, viewed the homosexual agenda as a cultural menace, supported tax cuts and limited government, rejected affirmative action, called the Greens "left-wing crazies," consulted with Michael Reagan regularly, and had once given money to Alan Keyes. Would rank-and-file Democrats consider that win a real victory? No, they would seethe with rage. "Our leaders just handed the conservatives a victory," they'd say.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Republican equivalent of this scenario. He is a de facto Democrat and Hollywood liberal. Should he win, state Republican leaders will have engineered a victory not for rank-and-file Republicans but for the liberal establishment.

Liberals of varying gradations now head both parties in the state. No longer even recognizably Republican (judging by the party's platform), the state party executive board offered an "unprecedented" endorsement of Schwarzenegger. Martha House, vice chairwoman of the board, explained the vote by saying: "Contrary to popular belief, we do want to win."

Translation: Since we lack the conviction and courage to beat the Democrats on principle, we will join them and endorse a de facto Democrat. An ordinary Republican, hearing House's comment, can reasonably conclude that the party stands for nothing except winning. In which case, why does the state Republican party exist at all? Why doesn't it just merge with the California Democrats? Then it could win every election.

Political parties exist not to win willy-nilly but to win on their principles. Victory is not the end, but the means to the end, which is the enactment of the party's platform. If substanceless winning were the purpose of political parties, platform documents would be blank.

California Republican leaders have turned the means into the end, and thereby turned the party over to liberals. Their talk of a Republican rebirth is laughable -- unless they mean that the party is being reborn as a sister party to the Democratic one.

A party that seeks victory for the sake of its principles can renew itself. But a party that abandons its principles for the sake of victory is hopelessly lost. One longtime California GOP activist, who has watched the party progressively lose its "brain and spine," likens the liberalization of the state party to the "Stockholm syndrome." California Republican leaders identify with their liberal captors while they view with hostility Republican rescuers like Tom McClintock.

Like robots programmed by the Los Angeles Times, state Republican leaders said repeatedly that a real Republican "can't win." They parroted this yearly liberal prophecy, treated it as fact, then made it fact by torpedoing McClintock so that he couldn't win.

The problem with the Republican elite is much deeper than confusion. They didn't accidentally swallow a liberal lie; they fervently believe it. The "McClintock can't win" line was bogus from the start. The recent USA Today poll shows that McClintock would win easily in a race against Cruz Bustamante. What the Republicans were really saying was not that McClintock can't win but that he shouldn't win. "McClintock scares the hell out of the Republican establishment, because he represents fundamental change and they don't want that," said the GOP activist. "When Tom had a good chance of winning last year in the Controller's race, they didn't lift a finger to help him."

The Richard Riordans and Gerry Parskys of the party call on conservatives to "be team players," though liberal Republicans rarely behave like team players when conservatives are running. McClintock will "pay a price" for remaining in the race, Republican leaders warn. What price will they pay for gutting the party of its principles?

If Schwarzenegger wins and governs like a Kennedy liberal -- a good bet -- McClintock could reemerge as his Republican primary opponent in 2006. The rank-and-file, disgusted with a Republican establishment that has given birth to yet another Jim Jeffords/Arlen Specter, will not care one whit that the establishment has scorned McClintock. If anything, respect for McClintock will grow as it becomes clear that his hardheaded fiscal conservatism is the only authentic answer to the crisis.

Recall that Ron Unz, the Republican who challenged Governor Pete Wilson in 1994, got 34 percent of the primary vote. I asked Unz recently if he would have done better had he gone into the primary with the national attention McClintock now enjoys. "There is no doubt about that," he said. Unz doesn't count McClintock out, especially if a Schwarzenegger administration is as "disastrous as it might be."

George Neumayr is The American Spectator's managing editor.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: arnold; conservative; gop; mcclintock; recall; republican; schwarzenegger
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1 posted on 09/30/2003 9:57:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah; Lady In Blue; Desdemona; ElkGroveDan; NormsRevenge; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
George Neumayr Ping
2 posted on 09/30/2003 10:03:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Join Us…Your One Thread To All The California Recall News Threads!

Want on our daily or major news ping lists? Freepmail DoctorZin

3 posted on 09/30/2003 10:28:27 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: nickcarraway
truth.

It's a wonderful thing.
4 posted on 09/30/2003 10:29:48 PM PDT by TheAngryClam (A proud member of the McClintock Militia)
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To: TheAngryClam
Aye, I second that
5 posted on 09/30/2003 10:32:35 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Right Wing Crazy #5338526)
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To: nickcarraway
why does the state Republican party exist at all? Why doesn't it just merge with the California Democrats? Then it could win every election.

This idea will have obvious appeal for some people around here.
BUMP!

6 posted on 09/30/2003 10:34:41 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nickcarraway
An ordinary Republican, hearing House's comment, can reasonably conclude that the party stands for nothing except winning. In which case, why does the state Republican party exist at all? Why doesn't it just merge with the California Democrats? Then it could win every election.

That's what I've been wondering.

If Schwarzenegger wins and governs like a Kennedy liberal -- a good bet -- McClintock could reemerge as his Republican primary opponent in 2006.

Yeah, and if for some reason Arnold thought he wouldn't get the nod, he could just switch to the dems where he belongs. An automatic victory for both of them. (the dems and Arnold.)

7 posted on 09/30/2003 10:36:08 PM PDT by doingtherightthing
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To: nickcarraway
A party that seeks victory for the sake of its principles can renew itself. But a party that abandons its principles for the sake of victory is hopelessly lost. One longtime California GOP activist, who has watched the party progressively lose its "brain and spine," likens the liberalization of the state party to the "Stockholm syndrome." California Republican leaders identify with their liberal captors while they view with hostility Republican rescuers like Tom McClintock.

WOW!!! This baby is bookmarked.
George Neumayr can really write (and THINK).

8 posted on 09/30/2003 10:37:45 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
One longtime California GOP activist, who has watched the party progressively lose its "brain and spine," likens the liberalization of the state party to the "Stockholm syndrome."

It kinda makes you wonder if Stockholm might really be in Austria.

9 posted on 09/30/2003 10:42:23 PM PDT by doingtherightthing
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To: nickcarraway
In which case, why does the state Republican party exist at all? Why doesn't it just merge with the California Democrats?

If they did, the Conservatives would no longer be part of a major party unless they went along with the rest of the GOP.

10 posted on 09/30/2003 10:42:54 PM PDT by Consort
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To: Lancey Howard
why does the state Republican party exist at all? Why doesn't it just merge with the California Democrats? Then it could win every election.

That's a great line. I also like this one:

Victory is not the end, but the means to the end, which is the enactment of the party's platform.

11 posted on 09/30/2003 10:45:38 PM PDT by Nathaniel Fischer (Herman Cain for Senate!)
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To: nickcarraway

Since we lack the conviction and courage to beat the Democrats on principle, we will join them and endorse a de facto Democrat.

< -snip- >

The Richard Riordans and Gerry Parskys of the party call on conservatives to "be team players," though liberal Republicans rarely behave like team players when conservatives are running. McClintock will "pay a price" for remaining in the race, Republican leaders warn. What price will they pay for gutting the party of its principles?

Electoral revolt, starting with the Save Our License referendum next March.


12 posted on 09/30/2003 10:50:38 PM PDT by Sabertooth (No Drivers' Licences for Illegal Aliens. Petition SB60. http://www.saveourlicense.com/n_home.htm)
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To: nickcarraway
This essay applies equally well to the national-level Republicrat Party which, once in power, has done nothing to even slow, much less reverse, the rapid expansion of a bigger, dumber, more expensive and more obnoxious government.
13 posted on 09/30/2003 10:51:30 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Dick Gephardt. Before he dicks you.)
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To: nickcarraway
The "McClintock can't win" line was bogus from the start. The recent USA Today poll shows that McClintock would win easily in a race against Cruz Bustamante. What the Republicans were really saying was not that McClintock can't win but that he shouldn't win. "McClintock scares the hell out of the Republican establishment, because he represents fundamental change and they don't want that,"

This makes me wonder just how many enablers from the liberal California "Republican establishment" there are frequenting some of these threads? It makes sense for these elites to want a "victory" at any cost - - they get the cushy offices and the staffs and the cars and all the perks of power and priveledge. What do they care who the sugar daddy is?

But it seems more than a little suspicious that there are so many alleged freepers who are ready, willing, and able to cave on nearly every basic conservative principle.

14 posted on 09/30/2003 10:52:45 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Consort
If they did, the Conservatives would no longer be part of a major party unless they went along with the rest of the GOP.

Well, as a conservative living in California, I'm not at all sure I am a part of a major party anymore. I don't know when it happened, but I think Al Davis now runs the GOP in CA.....

"JUST WIN BABY!"

15 posted on 09/30/2003 10:53:25 PM PDT by doingtherightthing
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To: Nathaniel Fischer
Victory is not the end, but the means to the end, which is the enactment of the party's platform.

Yes, that is a great line, and especially relevant if the party has a platform, lol.

Here's another good line from the piece:

California Republican leaders have turned the means into the end, and thereby turned the party over to liberals.

16 posted on 09/30/2003 10:57:14 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nopardons
Hi, nopardons.

I wanted to ping you on this thread because I respect your opinion, If you have a chance to check this out, please let me know what you think.

Regards,
LH
17 posted on 09/30/2003 11:01:18 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nickcarraway
Bump.
18 posted on 09/30/2003 11:01:53 PM PDT by ForOurFuture (Both could beat Bustamante. Only one is conservative.)
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To: Jim Robinson
This is an amazing piece, in my opinion.
19 posted on 09/30/2003 11:04:04 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
I've read it, but if you want my opinion, I'll send it via FREEPmail, because unlike others, I don't burst onto threads to stir up a flame war, nor to disrupt.

Thank you for being interested in my opinion, though. It is thoughtout, based on facts & knowledge, and not mere feelings or daydreams.

FREEPmail me me, if you want the answer.:-)

20 posted on 09/30/2003 11:08:53 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: doingtherightthing
Well, as a conservative living in California, I'm not at all sure I am a part of a major party anymore. I don't know when it happened, but I think Al Davis now runs the GOP in CA.....

Giving up too easily is a Conservative flaw. Right flight is what lost academia, labor, the bureaucracy (big or small) to the Left.

"JUST WIN BABY!"

Yes, in politics, first you win. If you don't win, then the other guy does and you get more frustrated and everybody gets screwed.

21 posted on 09/30/2003 11:11:16 PM PDT by Consort
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To: CheneyChick
Hello, CC

Sorry about being grumpy at you on the other thread.
You have always been a good and friendly freeper.

Anyways, I thought this piece here offered a pretty blunt analysis of the California GOP.
I hope you will have a chance to read it and comment.

Regards,
LH
22 posted on 09/30/2003 11:11:52 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
I'll look at it tomorrow. It's past my bedtime...... Thx.
23 posted on 09/30/2003 11:19:44 PM PDT by CheneyChick (www.JoinArnold.com - "Let's Bring Kah-lee-fohr-nya Back")
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To: Redcloak; doug from upland; Saundra Duffy; Roscoe; DoughtyOne; Sabertooth; Robert_Paulson2; xeno
PING!

You folks will really enjoy this one.
24 posted on 09/30/2003 11:40:22 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nickcarraway
bttt
25 posted on 09/30/2003 11:45:31 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nickcarraway
George Neumayr is correct we shouldn't abandon our principles. Arnold told us at the party convention he is a conservative. Now he has to govern like one and if he doesn't - well he won't get another chance in 2006. The truth is I love Tom but he's not going to win. We have to go with the best candidate at this point who can revitalize the Republican Party in California. Right now we have one mission: to terminate the liberals in California.
26 posted on 09/30/2003 11:51:07 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: nickcarraway
Victory is not the end, but the means to the end, which is the enactment of the party's platform.

How can you enact the party's platform without winning elections? I've never understood this mentality.

27 posted on 10/01/2003 12:00:06 AM PDT by Penner
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To: goldstategop
Arnold told us at the party convention he is a conservative. Now he has to govern like one and if he doesn't - well he won't get another chance in 2006

If Arnold gets elected, do you think that the California news media and the California electorate will push him to the left or to the right?

28 posted on 10/01/2003 12:00:40 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Penner
What platform?
29 posted on 10/01/2003 12:01:42 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: goldstategop
Now he has to govern like one and if he doesn't - well he won't get another chance in 2006.

His followers will forgive anything. Clinton redux.

30 posted on 10/01/2003 12:01:48 AM PDT by Roscoe
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To: Lancey Howard
You know it takes a man with iron will to prevent that from happening. The test will be if Arnold has the "Right Stuff." I don't want have to tell my children he turned out to be Bonzo in disguise!
31 posted on 10/01/2003 12:04:19 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Roscoe
We're NOT forgiving him anything. We're simply holding him to his own words to us. Or that isn't crystal clear to you?
32 posted on 10/01/2003 12:05:13 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lancey Howard
What platform?

You know, the pro-abortion, pro-illegal alien, pro-domestic partnership, anti-RKBA platform.

No, wait, that's next year.

33 posted on 10/01/2003 12:06:18 AM PDT by Roscoe
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To: Roscoe
Its already been implemented by the Democrats. How worse can it get now?
34 posted on 10/01/2003 12:07:26 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
We're simply holding him to his own words to us.

Which ones? Where he supports Proposition 187, or where he says illegal aliens should recieve free public educations? Where he says he opposes gay marriages, or where he says he supports domestic partnerships?

35 posted on 10/01/2003 12:10:07 AM PDT by Roscoe
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To: goldstategop
Its already been implemented by the Democrats.

He won't turn it back, he won't slow it down, he'll put the pedal to the metal.

36 posted on 10/01/2003 12:11:53 AM PDT by Roscoe
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To: ambrose
PING!!!
You will enjoy this one!
37 posted on 10/01/2003 12:13:05 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Roscoe
Where he said he's a conservative.
38 posted on 10/01/2003 12:13:33 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Roscoe
Then he'll be a one-term wonder!
39 posted on 10/01/2003 12:14:02 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: ambrose
By the way:

ANOTHER POST

....for you to check out.

40 posted on 10/01/2003 12:16:12 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nickcarraway
bttt
41 posted on 10/01/2003 10:38:41 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
Bump again.
I'd hate for anybody to miss this great piece.
42 posted on 10/01/2003 10:39:32 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
bttt
43 posted on 10/01/2003 10:58:38 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: goldstategop
It can get worse, because we don't have a party in opposition. I don't think you know how bad it is already in Republican central committees already. People who are even slightly left of center are not welcome. it may get worse. last year I called up and volunteered. I was told not to bother campaigning for Simon and McClintock, just to focus on Bruce McPherson. And that's just the start.
44 posted on 10/01/2003 12:48:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Penner
You can't enact a platform without winning elections. But winning elections isn't winning if you don't have a platform. Otherwise, we could just endorse Hillary and then declare ourselves winners when she wins.
45 posted on 10/01/2003 12:50:20 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Penner
It's ridiculous to expect 100% from a candidate. But it's equally ridiculous to accept to low a precent either.
46 posted on 10/01/2003 12:51:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Lancey Howard
bttt
47 posted on 10/01/2003 1:30:47 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
BUMP again, just for fun.
48 posted on 10/01/2003 1:37:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
Thanks for looking out for California.
49 posted on 10/01/2003 2:22:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Thanks for looking out for California.

You're welcome.

As I've said before, if a liberal "Republican" gets elected governor of California (or any state for that matter) it only emboldens other weak-kneed liberal "Republicans" to crawl out of the woodwork and run on liberal platforms, and worse, it helps the liberals we already have in Congress feel vindicated and empowered. The high profile election of a liberal Republican would only push the party in exactly the wrong direction.

Regards,
LH

50 posted on 10/01/2003 2:32:03 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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