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GOP in Revolt Against Schwarzenegger; Mel Gibson Touted as Challenger
NewsMax ^ | December 7, 2005 | Jim Meyers

Posted on 12/07/2005 1:33:47 PM PST by Warhammer

California Republicans are in open revolt against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over his hiring of a Democratic operative as his new chief of staff.

And one leading state GOP official is touting actor Mel Gibson as a possible Republican primary challenger to Schwarzenegger.

Officials with the California Republican Party are said to be furious with Schwarzenegger and have demanded a private meeting with the governor to complain about his appointment of Susan P. Kennedy, who was a Cabinet secretary during the administration of Gov. Gray Davis.

Schwarzenegger was elected governor after an extraordinary effort succeeded to recall Davis in 2003.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: calgop; gopinsanity; governator; joinarnold; oneterminator; rememberperot; schwarzenegger
As an out-of-state observer of the McClintock/Schwartzenegger election brawl, I'm curious as to the reaction of our California FReepers to this news.

Those of you who supported Arnold, what say you?

Those of you who supported McClintock, what say you?

1 posted on 12/07/2005 1:33:47 PM PST by Warhammer
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To: Warhammer

Do you mean to say that Ahnuld isn't a conservative Republican? I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked!


2 posted on 12/07/2005 1:35:17 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: MineralMan

The donation spigut has been turned off in my household. Circle of friends feel same. Not like anyone cares though. Burn me twice shame on me.


3 posted on 12/07/2005 1:36:45 PM PST by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: Warhammer

Do they really think Mel is going to run for Gov? I seriously doubt it. If you think the moonbats hated Arnold what scorn would they have for Mr. passion of Christ? They'd probably crucify him.


4 posted on 12/07/2005 1:37:10 PM PST by marlon
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To: Warhammer

Gibson has WAAAAAAAY to many skeletons in his closet to run for governor.

1) Major skirt chaser who's cheated on his wife too many times to count.
2) Has been in and out of Betty Ford for cocaine a few times as well.


5 posted on 12/07/2005 1:39:05 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: MineralMan
Do you mean to say that Ahnuld isn't a conservative Republican? I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked!

No, I just remembered back during the recall election how his supporters were telling us that he was the best guy for the job and was curious if they still felt that way.

6 posted on 12/07/2005 1:39:06 PM PST by Warhammer (Why are we destroying our children?)
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To: Warhammer
Are their no "actors" in the Kaliefornia GOP?
7 posted on 12/07/2005 1:40:39 PM PST by msnimje (Everyday there is a new example of the Democrats "Culture of Dementia")
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

WHAT ? I've never heard any of that alleged of Mel. As for #1, Ah-nold has already outdone anyone (save WJC himself) on that subject.


8 posted on 12/07/2005 1:43:14 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: Warhammer

>>Those of you who supported McClintock, what say you?

The writing was on the wall from day one.


9 posted on 12/07/2005 1:45:11 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: Warhammer

No more actors, please.

The GOP needs to go somewhere other than Hollywood's Central Casting.


10 posted on 12/07/2005 1:47:12 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: Warhammer
Those of you who supported McClintock, what say you?

I'm sure Mel Gibson is a fine person, but I don't think he is what we need at this point. I doubt that he'll run. And if he did run, I can't envision him taking Arnold out in the primary. Personally, I'd like to see McClintock challenge Arnold, but I guess he has his heart set on being Lt. Gov.
11 posted on 12/07/2005 1:47:57 PM PST by irishjuggler
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Wouldn't that qualify him to run Democrat? It would probably get him elected if he ran on that as his platform.


12 posted on 12/07/2005 1:50:35 PM PST by WV Mountain Mama (I have a drink at night for my heart. Yeah, my heart, that's it.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Remember that we live in a post Bill Clinton era, the bar is a whole lot lower than it used to be.


13 posted on 12/07/2005 1:53:15 PM PST by wallace144
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To: Warhammer
What possibly escapes Arnold:

Davis fought off the radical Dems for all but the last year, i.e. he wasn't that radical.

Davis got recalled because he started caving to the extreme Dem demands (eg. car tax & illegal's licenses)
(the putz even thought he had a chance @ 2004 Presidential race.)

Now Arnie's trying some smoke-n-mirrors.

Nobody's fooled.
The Dems won't work w/ you & the GOP's wondering what yer somkin'

14 posted on 12/07/2005 1:54:57 PM PST by TheOracleAtLilac
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To: calcowgirl
No more actors, please.


15 posted on 12/07/2005 1:55:05 PM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: ChadGore

Ooops. Forgot about that guy. LOL.

I doubt that is a Ronald Reagan in today's Hollywood, though. Mel Gibson sure ain't it.


16 posted on 12/07/2005 1:57:37 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: TheOracleAtLilac
somkin' smokin'
17 posted on 12/07/2005 1:57:48 PM PST by TheOracleAtLilac
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To: calcowgirl

Nothing wrong with actors in politics. Nothing wrong with bail bondsmen in politics. Nothing wrong with garbagemen in politics. It's not what they do, it's the individual themself.


18 posted on 12/07/2005 2:00:15 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: marlon

Moonbats blindly support their action-movie super-hero star Arnold.


19 posted on 12/07/2005 2:08:53 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: Warhammer

this is newsmax of course, but in general how can anyone with even a cursory familiarity with schz. career believe he is out for anyone but himself?


20 posted on 12/07/2005 2:10:17 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Is Mel Gibson an American citizen?


21 posted on 12/07/2005 2:13:32 PM PST by dagnabbit (Vicente Fox's opening line at the Mexico-USA summit meeting: "Bring out the Gimp!")
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
1) Major skirt chaser who's cheated on his wife too many times to count

Stop slandering. This is not true of Mel.

22 posted on 12/07/2005 2:14:52 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Agreed. My objection is the selection based on celebrity status, not on the person, their background, or their abilities.


23 posted on 12/07/2005 2:16:06 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: dagnabbit

Born in the USA.


24 posted on 12/07/2005 2:17:40 PM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: calcowgirl

I was very disappointed that Arnold threw his hat in the ring. McClintock seemed by far the superior candidate with his experience and track record of fiscal conservativism. He also had the right ideas on illegal immigration.

But this is California, after all.


25 posted on 12/07/2005 2:19:07 PM PST by bordergal
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To: dagnabbit
Yes. He was born in New York despite having spent part of his life in Australia.

(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.")

26 posted on 12/07/2005 2:45:39 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: calcowgirl

I can see it now the Patriot vs the Terminator, a Califyfornia race to the governors mansion!


27 posted on 12/07/2005 2:58:58 PM PST by rolling_stone (Question Authority!)
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To: Warhammer
"No, I just remembered back during the recall election how his supporters were telling us that he was the best guy for the job and was curious if they still felt that way."

Uh-huh...Nobody said he was the best guy for the job, McClintock was(and probably still is). Arnold was the one who could get elected.

He's a done deal now. He has no support left among conservative Californians.

28 posted on 12/07/2005 3:23:16 PM PST by telebob
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To: Warhammer

Well, there used to be Freeper arguments over whether Arnold was a good governor or not. It pretty much divided between social conservatives, who misliked his pro-abortion, pro-gay record, and fiscal conservatives, who thought he would be a real fighter who would balance the budget.

I haven't seen a single supporter speak out on his behalf since the Kennedy appointment was announced. I'd say he's politically dead.


29 posted on 12/07/2005 3:31:37 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Warhammer

I supported Arnold and it was the right move at the time. I'm convinced that if Arnold hadn't been in the race, we'd be talking about Governor Bustamante's reelection bid right now. That said, I'm ready for someone else. Arnold squandered his popularity by trying to work with the Democrats early in his term. Had he early on tried the reforms that just lost last November, I think he'd have gotten most if not all of them. Now it looks like any effort at reform is gone and he's ready to sell out every principle he has just to stay in office. I got a bellyful of that with that whore, Gray Davis.


30 posted on 12/07/2005 3:52:16 PM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Warhammer

I'm irritated with Arnold and I supported him. If he grants clemency to Tookie, it's over. I would officially be anti-Arnold.

Having said that I can't think of ever supporting McClintock ... then or now.


31 posted on 12/07/2005 3:54:32 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Warhammer
This isn't news to me. I predicted it before the November special election.

I swear the Republicans in the state, and many conservatives, are as delusional obsessed with litmus tests, regardless of results, as Democrats are with murdering the unborn.

I'll continue to support Arnold until he does something unhinged like commuting Tookie's sentence or proposing $4 billion in new taxes. Bringing in a Democrat as his new chief of staff so he might be able work with the psychotic, union-empowered Dem legislature smacks both of desperation to get work done but also of a willingness to think beyond the usual political game book. It's just crazy enough to WORK.

I care about results, not party loyalties. If I was one of "those" Republicans, I might as well be a Nazi or Communist and we can just go down with the ship of state now. Why wait for the 2006 election cycle?

32 posted on 12/07/2005 5:55:42 PM PST by newzjunkey (FOUR-time murderer & Crips gang-founder Tookie Williams *must* be put to death as sentenced)
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To: Cicero

>>I haven't seen a single supporter speak out on his behalf since the Kennedy appointment was announced. I'd say he's politically dead.

Oh, they're still around, ignoring facts and calling others "Arnold Haters". Same ol', same ol'. Here's one from minutes ago.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1536032/posts?page=23#23


33 posted on 12/07/2005 6:16:25 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl

Astounding.


34 posted on 12/07/2005 6:39:12 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Warhammer
Yeah. Let's have another actor, a total mental fruitcake, run as a Republican.

Why in hell would Mel Gibson want the grief when he can make a half-billion dollars off every movie he turns out?

35 posted on 12/07/2005 6:58:11 PM PST by sinkspur (Trust, but vilify.)
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To: sinkspur

Gibson running as governor would be entertaining. The cataclysmic disaster would be more transfixing than watching the Titanic sink, a movie I finally watched on DVD, and found very impressive indeed.


36 posted on 12/07/2005 8:21:13 PM PST by Torie
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

Plus he be gay.


37 posted on 12/07/2005 8:24:02 PM PST by txhurl
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To: rolling_stone
I can see it now the Patriot vs the Terminator, a Califyfornia race to the governors mansion!

LOL. Check out this headline from Thursday's paper! (Warning: leftist tripe)

Terminator vs. Patriot? Get ready to rumble
Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2005
Patt Morrison:

I WON'T SAY the Republicans in California are panicking or anything, but there's already a "Mel Gibson for Governor" website.

Can it be? Arnold Schwarzenegger an underdog? The governor gets his knuckles whacked in the special election a month ago and the right flank of his own party is already counting to 10 over him.

Yet on the spanking-new http://www.melgibsonforgovernor.com website, you can read the warning in letters of e-fire:

"Rumors abound that, following the horrendous defeat of his Special Election ballot measures, Governor Schwarzenegger may not run for re-election."

(snip)


38 posted on 12/07/2005 11:15:47 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: Warhammer

I'd greatly prefer McClintock over anyone else I know of right now.

I did vote Schwarzenegger in the recall, but (as has been discussed "to death") that was because my "fear that Bustamante would win" was stronger than my "hope that McClintock could win." Although I never had any illusions that Schwarzengger was a true conservative, he's even leftier than I had feared.


39 posted on 12/08/2005 4:39:29 PM PST by pogo101
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To: ChadGore

Great Graphic for a T-Shirt.


40 posted on 12/08/2005 4:42:03 PM PST by agincourt1415 (Democrats still lose)
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To: Warhammer
Gibson has WAAAAAAAY to many skeletons in his closet to run for governor.

1) Major skirt chaser who's cheated on his wife too many times to count.
2) Has been in and out of Betty Ford for cocaine a few times as well.

Maybe he can run as a Democrat and become president.
41 posted on 12/08/2005 4:47:13 PM PST by Isabelle
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