CALIFORNIA (posted 10/5/03)--I've talked to a lot of
conservatives and rightists over the past week. Many say they're against
abortion, gun control, open borders, homosexual marriage, and many other
hot button issues that seem to be the badges of many conservatives these
Don't they know that Arnold is squishy on some of the things they're
for, or is even against them? Yup. They know that. Don't they know that
Tom McClintock isn't squishy and is pretty much, as far as anyone can
tell, in favor of many of the things that they're for? Yup. They know
that. So, why are they voting for Schwarzenegger? The answer is simple.
They're realists. They know this isn't McClintock's time. They also
know that creepy, former MEChA member Cruz Bustamante can win if the
vote is split between McClintock and Schwarzenegger, and that McClintock
is a potential spoiler in this race. They are aware that if it were
just Bustamante against McClintock, McClintock would lose. They figure
that Schwarzenegger may not be the second coming of Ronald Reagan (May
God Ever Smile Upon Him), but he's a lot better than Bustamante.
Most conservatives think Schwarzenegger is pragmatic,
has an open mind, and has the internal qualities to make him a great
governor who can truly fix what's wrong with California. And, he can
win and McClintock can't. Smart people who would prefer steak, would
rather eat hamburger than starve. In other words, in this election,
smart conservatives will take a guy who will do some of what they want
and who can win over a guy who may do all of what they want. but who
I think Schwarzenegger has that spark inside him that
Ronald Reagan (May God Ever Smile Upon Him) had. I know, many of the
TSCCs say that Arnold isn't Ronald (MGESUH), but I think there's more
in common about these two than the fact that they both have sissy names.
I think the TSCCs are missing the fact that Reagan (MGESUH) was Reagan
(MGESUH) because of what he had inside, and I think Arnold has the same
"something" inside. I'm not sure we have a good word for what
this something is in the English language. It has aspects of guts, nerve,
life force, spark, gonads, leadership, electricity, will, sparkle, charisma,
boldness, political star quality. Most politicians don't have this quality,
and have the souls of bookkeepers (no offense to bookkeepers). These
politicians get elected to some offices but they are never shining leaders.
They may do a good job, but there's something missing. You shake hands
with them and you feel like you just held a wet fish in your hand.
Political campaigns are a little like military campaigns.
For some reason, many TSCCs seem to have the mentality of the old Red
Coat British Army and think the way to win is to stand there and be
shot rather than fighting smart. That's not the way to win. It doesn't
demonstrate courage or principles. It's the way to lose. It also demonstrates
remember looking at certain non-scientific internet polls when Alan
Keyes was running for president. To read the polls you would have thought
that Keyes was going to be president by a wide margin. Of course, it
was utter nonsense, yet the TSCCs pumped up the polls and called into
the radio talk shows and that's all you would hear on the right side
of the radio dial. I even wrote to one of the internet polls--one that
was being run by a big name political pundit, who's on TV all the time--that
showed Keyes way out in front of everyone else. I told the pollsters
that they were losing credibility and were providing a real world demonstration
of how easy it is to screw up such polls in order to try to give a particular
candidate the appearance that he can win. The TSCCs are doing the same
thing with McClintock. That's why one poll has him at 18%. It's nonsense.
No mater where you live, keep your eyes on California
on October 7. Something big and historic is going to happen that may
change politics all across this country for many years to come. Here's
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