New Dance Partner
Arnold's Chief of Staff nomination and the direction of the
[Eric Hogue] 12/2/05
discuss all of the details surrounding the bad run up to
the election, the mistakes with drafting the initiatives
and the battles within the horseshoe itself...but time
calls for me to be short and to the point:
1. I'm still
placing some 'blame' squarely upon the conservatives of the
Republican Party. The "Tombots", along with the 'continual vendetta
crowd' (you know who you are) never embraced
Arnold. Simple 'pride' wouldn't let go of the 'sour grapes'
they held as the party went for the win in the recall election (BTW:
I still believe it was the right thing to do!). They eventually
drove support, and voters away from Arnold's administration
and his agenda.
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willing to stick his neck our on conservative issues,
legislation, vetoes and a tough (not perfect) special
ballot. He did accomplished some major successes for the Republican
ideology. But in the end, the major loss surrounding the "Special
Election" left him cold, he didn't feel the love from
the conservative core, he got mad...so he has changed
dance partners. He is now a scorned lover.
2. This administration's
conservative agenda, whether fiscal or social, is
over. Arnold has no direction and no 'trust' from any
of the Republican leaders. He has decided to make his bed in
the 'moderate center', and the liberal core socially.
Yes, there are some encouraging words about Susan Kennedy's
tough stance on the 'tax and spend' mentality of the Democrat
majority, but I have little hope that we can escape tax increases
in the next budget. Forget about our chances when it comes
to "Same Sex Marriage" and conservative ideals as they relate
to legislation. The only question that remains is how long
Legislative Affairs Secretary Richard Costigan and Deputy Cynthia
Bryant will call the horseshoe home.
3. I'm guessing
a large, wide majority of the GOP will further sour on
Arnold Schwarzenegger, this will cause him to move further
and further to the left. He is a man who likes to be liked. I
wouldn't be surprised if he announced himself as an 'Independent'
for his second run as governor. No, not to mimic the position
of Jessie Ventura (Arnold is not a Jesse, he's bright,
intelligent and personally successful), but he might
move to the Independent statements, if not the full party affiliation
move, to make a statement to the populous of the voters
in California..."I'm no ultra-conservative Republican,
and I'm not a liberal Democrat, I'm my own man, and Independent
of sorts." He came close Wednesday afternoon during the
4. The party
needs to make a decision, do you run with this guy, or do you
find another horse? Right now the party has no other option,
and Schwarzenegger knows it, advantage Arnold, and Phil Angelides.
It may be ten years before the GOP has another opportunity.
remember the "missed opportunity" here; we had a very conservative
ballot, and a very conservative possibility for the state fiscally, as
well as socially with Prop 73. We...we, the voters did NOT
run to the polls as did the unions and the Democrats.
We, the conservatives
should take one hard lesson from this disaster; when you have
a chance to support a candidate that is 75% conservative, or
an initiative ballot that is 60%, or even 50%, of what is needed
and desired - we MUST support it with gusto. Increments
toward the right, especially in California, are steps in the "right
of vendetta on our part, and an ego that is looking to be loved
on Arnold's part, the Republican Party is shrinking right along
with the future of this state.
Governor Schwarzenegger we all lost the "Special Election",
but with this nomination as Chief of Staff, you have lost me
as a supporter of your administration. It is now a pitch-by-pitch
scenario governor, and we are expecting a few curve balls,
careful when and where you throw them
of the Recall" stands at a distance! CRO
2004 Eric Hogue