Hugh Hewitt - Principal Contributor
is senior member of the CaliforniaRepublic.org editorial board.
Tom McClintock supporter ...
may not be ideal, but first you have to win.
Tom McClintock supporter,
you for listening to my show. I appreciate it. I have built
my California success on your
support, and whenever I take a
call from San Diego or Los Angeles, the Inland Empire or
Sacramento, San Francisco or Fresno or anywhere else in the
I know that if it is a conservative, it will be a passionate
but informed conversation.
may recall I endorsed Tom in the election of 2002 and had
him on the program. You may
also recall I had Bill Simon
program many, many times as well, and endorsed him before
the primary election in March of 2002. I told you then
that I was
supporting Bill over Dick Riordan because Bill had a better
chance of beating Gray Davis.
still believe that, and had Dick Riordan gotten into the
recall race instead of Arnold,
I suspect I would have
Bill or Tom for the same reasons I plugged Bill in March
of last year: I vote for the most conservative candidate
with a reasonable
chance of winning.
the summer and fall of 2002, I lectured moderate and liberal
Republicans and independents
the country, to put aside differences with candidates
they thought too conservative and support the GOP nominees.
meant supporting conservatives like Simon, or U.S.
Senate candidates like John Thune, Norm Coleman or Jim Talent.
point always was – and remains – that the
Republican Party is the party of national security and
and that the Democratic Party has become a captive
of narrow and greedy special interests camouflaged behind
can't always get a moderate nominee, I told these centrist
voters, but they needed to clearly
party was better positioned to govern well – and
Now, a center-right Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
is campaigning for the governorship in California,
of you have declared
for Tom McClintock no matter how unlikely his victory
becomes. You already know he cannot win, and his
poll numbers and
fund-raising receipts show this.
Simon's supporters also know this, but it's the McClintock
voters who seem determined
them since their man cannot win. My mail is full
of angry denunciations
of my sell-out status because of my endorsement
of Arnold, and
comment threads at FreeRepublic.com and elsewhere
fairly vibrate with indignant polemics about
the RINOs behind
spent a half-dozen years in the Reagan administration and
a dozen years defending conservative
in the media, I find such charges amusing,
not troubling, but
the point is
not what I think or do, but what you think
are preparing to try and elect Cruz Bustamante governor of
California. You are every bit the
supporter of Cruz
as is the
most loyal union poll worker or plaintiffs'
lawyer. If you succeed, the continued collapse
California economy under the weight
of special interests will be your doing as
much as it
is the work of the Indian Tribes funding
Cruz. Why do you
tribes are said to be funding an independent
campaign on Tom's behalf anyway?
do you think California Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres
out and about talking
up Tom as the "real conservative" in
the race? The tribes and Art are playing
you for suckers. They are stoking your
anger at the prospect of a center-right
as opposed to a movement conservative governor.
question is: Will you be had? Will the matchstick men of
and sell you
don't think so. I keep saying that the conservative wing
of the GOP in California
will figure out
that half a loaf
than a stone, and vote overwhelmingly
Arnold. I also expect that Arnold will
in the coming
and make you
proud of the vote you cast for him.
I can't be sure. The tribes are going to spend a lot of dough
than you are with
far-left Democrats. The Field Poll
released over the weekend
with its cooked date would have us
believe that nearly 20 percent of
wasted-vote option by declaring
for Tom or Bill. I suspect the final
number of combined thrown-away
GOP votes will be less than 10 percent.
That probably won't be enough to
give the election
to Cruz, but
if it is, can
any one of you my car tax bill?
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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