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[David Horowitz] 10/14/03
recall election is a political earthquake. It is already shaping
the political future not only in California but nationwide.
The big losers in this election were California liberals, feminists,
the politics of personal destruction, the myth that the press
is not in bed with the Democrats and the image of Republicans
as mean-spirited morality police. The Republican Party has
suddenly become the big tent it has aspired to be but never
quite achieved until now. According to exit polls 55
percent of independents and 18 percent of Democrats
voted for Schwarzenegger – despite the fact that the
Democratic Party threw all its big guns into the state including
all its presidential candidates, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and
Jesse Jackson. Thirty-nine percent of union households voted
for the Republican and thirty percent of Hispanics – despite
the fact the Democrat Bustamante would have been the first
Hispanic governor in history if he had won. Moreover, the turnout
of Republicans themselves was also obviously large with the
overwhelming majority of conservatives and an even larger majority
of moderate Republicans coming out to vote for him.
the new governor inspires passion in the Republican base and
yet hope among those who are often put off by that base. In
California, Arnold has created a new Republican coalition that
has raised the Republican Party from the dead and produced
an electoral landslide in the process. In a state which Republicans
lost by a million votes in the last presidential election (without
the Democrats having to spend a penny in the state) the combined
Republican vote may have exceeded 60 percent -- an electoral
landslide. This is what is meant by a political earthquake.
is far more important than the Jesse Ventura miracle in Minnesota
five years ago, and only partly because California is a state
many times the size and importance of Minnesota. Ventura accomplished
his feat as an independent, running against the major parties.
Arnold’s victory is a victory of the Republican Party
with enormous potential for affecting Republican fortunes everywhere.
The fact that in a special election he drew numbers of Republicans
rivaling the presidential turnout is a marker for the Republican
future. A charismatic Republican candidate who embodies the
big tent aspirations of the Republican center but resonates
with its conservative base can point the way to a Republican
governing majority for the foreseeable American future. And
that’s something to think about.
opinion piece first appeared at FrontPageMagazine.com