Consider the following from HUMAN EVENTS:
“Woodruff asked Schwarzenegger if it was a problem for Republicans that conservatives tended to dominate the party’s California primaries. ‘Well, I think, and I hope, that the California Republicans are smart enough when they go to vote to think about that,’ he said. ‘Because there is no two ways about it, that a conservative Republican will not win against Gray Davis, or will not win in the state of California.'”
“But California is no longer on the cutting edge of American politics, and, Arnold Schwarzenegger could be about to demonstrate it.
“Schwarzenegger may be elected governor in California’s unique October 7 recall election. But if he is, he will not represent the future of the GOP.”
He’s a Republican and he’s better than Davis?!?!? HUMAN EVENTS Weekly Update, August 15, 2003:
“The desire to have a Republican in the California Governor’s mansion is laudable — in principle. They tend to be better leaders who are pro-limited government and pro-morality. That is why today’s conservatives have traditionally supported the GOP. But there should not be a blind following of the latest flavor-of-the-month Republican running for office merely because he has an “R” after his name.
“Shouldn’t party labels still mean something? After all, how many Republicans complain regularly about liberal Republican Senators Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) and Arlen Specter (Pa.) and their “perversion” of the GOP? […]
“If Republicans want to support Schwarzenegger, fine. But I wish that they would at least delineate for us political ignoramuses the differences between Arnold and Bill Clinton. At least Clinton campaigned on a stated desire to sign a middle-class tax cut.”
Now, check out what is headlining the Drudge Report this morning:
“Movie tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger has confided to advisers that he will not rule out raising taxes in California if he is elected governor, top sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.”