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Oct. 16, 2003
Liberal Republicans Energized by Schwarzenegger Win 
Our country is as politically divided today as it was in 2000 when President Bush won the Presidency by a hair. One year later, his top political advisor, Karl Rove, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune (12/12/2001), attributed the closeness of the election to the fact that as many as 4 million Christian conservatives stayed home on Election Day rather than support Bush. "We probably failed to marshal support of the base as well as we should have," Rove said.

Right. And, part of the reason that so many Christian conservatives stayed home on Election Day 2000, was the perception that the Bush team only marginally supported pro-life and pro-family public policies. They didn’t sense a strong commitment to the principles we care about. The people in the forefront of the campaign and most certainly the big contributors were mostly eastern establishment "Rockefeller" Republicans—who truly wished we would all just stop annoying them with our constant concerns about troublesome subjects like the right to life, protection of human embryos, and cloning humans for medical experiments, subjects that many people would rather not think about.

Truth to tell, the Bush administration has shut off funding of agencies overseas that promote and perform abortions. And, the president is poised to sign a ban (although it has a problematic exception) on the performance of partial-birth abortion. But, his nominees to the federal courts who may be more overtly pro-life than others have been thwarted by pro-abortion advocates in the Senate (mostly Democrats), yet Bush has not exercised his right to make interim appointments (this can be done when Congress is in recess), a move that would signal serious intent on his part.

The growing number of homosexual political appointees who have assumed positions of power and responsibility in the Bush administration is causing dismay among Conservatives. This, coupled with overtures by the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee to the radical homosexual advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign and the increasing visibility of the Log Cabin Republicans and Republican Unity Coalition which advocate for the homosexual political agenda, are seen as a threat to the Republican Party’s traditional commitment to the principles, as stated in the Republican National Platform, that the "definition of ‘marriage’ is the legal union of one man and one woman," and that "federal judges and bureaucrats should not force states to recognize other living arrangements as marriages," and, that "sexual preference should not be given special legal protection or standing in law."

Now comes Arnold Schwarzenegger, the newly-elected Governor of California, who, despite his pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, liberal social policies, garnered the support of many California conservatives and even pro-life voters, who threw their principles aside to get on the bandwagon of the perceived winner. In so doing, they rejected Senator Tom McClintock, a man of obvious integrity and competence, who stood head and shoulders above every other candidate in the race.

Because Schwarzenegger won, RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), are rejoicing because they think his victory means the Republican Party will now move even more to the center-left going forward to 2004. Two pro-abortion former governors who have led the fight to remove the pro-life plank from the Republican National Platform at previous national conventions gave comments to the New York Times (10/11/03). Former New Jersey governor, Christine Todd Whitman said: "To me, it’s a very strong signal to win statewide in a state like California." "It’s a socially inclusive message, but not hard-edged and leaving people out. And I think that’s a national thing." William Weld, former governor of Massachusetts said: "There’s a lesson here for the national party. This absolutely takes the curse of the stereotype off of Republicans that the opposition seeks to hang around their necks." In their view, in order to win elections, Republicans should act and sound more like Democrats.

But, California does not represent the views of America’s heartland. The fact remains that 4 million Christian conservative voters need to come back in 2004, and they need to bring their friends and family members with them if George Bush is to be re-elected. If the national party takes advice from Whitman, Weld and Schwarzenegger, they can kiss the White House goodbye in 2004.


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