Hugh Hewitt - Principal Contributor
is senior member of the CaliforniaRepublic.org editorial board.
Conservative Is Voting For Arnold
week Arnold declared his candidacy for governor of California.
I was broadcasting at the time, immediately
endorsed him, and immediately began to receive a steady flow
of mail from Tom McClintock and Bill Simon fans. Tom and Bill
are fine guys, and both have been my guests on countless occasions.
I endorsed Bill over Dick Riordan last March and stand by that
choice. When it comes to elections, I am a single-issue voter:
I support the most conservative candidate who has the most
realistic chance of winning.
the Republican California primary of 2002, that was Bill
the recall election of 2003, that is Arnold Schwarzenegger.
is my analysis:
Cruz Bustamante may get 30 percent of the vote – the
die-hard, dead-end Democrats and the beneficiaries of
the iron triangle of special interests
that currently control
Sacramento: the unions, tribes, trial lawyers.
Even if there was only one "movement" conservative
in the race – McClintock
or Simon – neither of them could get the
30 percent +1 vote needed to win. Schwarzenegger
can. Arguing about
doesn't change the facts on the ground.
Schwarzenegger is best positioned to withstand the "Graystopo," as
the slime machine Gray has perfected has come
to be called. If Schwarzenegger wasn't in the race,
all that withering fire would
be turned on McClintock or Simon, and it would
tear them apart. Schwarzenegger has the sort
of celebrity status that lets him
stay above a lot of the low blows. Some, like
Democratic operative Bob Mulholland's warning of "real
backfire on the Democrats. This is a major advantage
Schwarzenegger does great things for the re-election of
George W. Bush
by immediately putting California
is sworn in as governor, and Schwarzenegger
helps the likely GOP Senate nominee against Barbara
Boxer – the conservative
Tony Strickland. So Schwarzenegger is closer
to Pataki than Reagan, so what? It is a huge
advantage to have an ally in
The choice to think about with '04 in mind
is not Schwarzenegger vs. McClintock or Simon,
is Schwarzenegger vs. Cruz.
The GOP benefits as a whole. Imagine you are Jim DeMint,
nominee of the GOP for
in South Carolina,
or Lisa Murkowski, incumbent GOP senator
in Alaska. Wouldn't it be great to call the Bush
and ask for and get
Schwarzenegger to drop into your state for
a little fundraiser at $1,000
a head? This is what Bill Clinton does 24x7x365.
be a hyperdraw on the fundraising circuit,
a crucial component of politics, exceeded
only by the president
and the vice
president. Three such draws is better than
Finally, and really most important, is the state of the
state. We are losing jobs
talent at an extraordinary
rate. The yawning
budget shortfall has been covered over
with hot checks, and
worker's comp, time-off laws and crazy
regs are driving hundreds of thousands
toward the Arizona and Nevada borders.
This state of collapse in the Golden State's economy
as well, thus harming the president's re-election
effort. The state
needs real help from a real businessman.
Take a look at Schwarzenegger's tax returns.
nothing except some
natural talent. Sort of like the state
right now. He can get the job
done. Time for the purists to check their
passion at the door and focus on winning.
of the time – or even 60 percent of
the time – is
far, far better than a governor with whom
I never agree.
vote for Tom McClintock, Bill Simon or Peter Ueberroth is
a vote for Cruz Bustamante.
It really is that simple.
Principal Contributor Hugh Hewitt is an author, television commentator
and syndicated talk-show host of the Salem Radio Network's Hugh
Hewitt Show, heard in over 40 markets around the country. His
opinions on national issues can be found at HughHewitt.com
and he writes a weekly column (Wednesdays) for WorldNetDaily.com.
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