It would seem that the most obvious precept in a direct election, such as our recall here in the Golden State, is to get more votes than all your opponents. Yet, this rather elementary principle seems to be lost (as are many concepts) on the Republican leadership and its candidates.
As things now stand, if Governor Davis is removed—and this seems quite likely—Cruz Bustamante, the only Democrat running, will become our next governor. This will surely happen since the Republican vote will be divided among at least three contenders: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom McClintock, and Peter Ueberroth. How much confidence can you have in anyone who does not understand simple arithmetic?
Of course, even if one of these men did get elected by some miracle, nothing would change in California except that there would be a few more vetoes. A new governor, even if he were McClintock, who is the best candidate and the most conservative of the lot, could hardly overcome the unbelievably left-wing state legislature.
I believe that at its roots, California is far more conservative than many people—especially the pundits—think. Look no further than the overwhelmingly approved propositions that cut taxes and proscribed certain benefits to illegal aliens. The problem is that the state Republican organization is so rotten that one can make a credible case that it is merely fronting for the Democrats. How else can you explain the atrocious candidates that it puts up on a regular basis, and the deathly lackluster campaigns that it wages?
Would you believe that in a recent contest for state assembly, in a district that is predominantly upper middle class, the Democratic incumbent championed tax increases and advocated essentially outlawing sport utility vehicles? This, in an area where perhaps 30 percent of the electorate owns an SUV, and where there is located one of the largest concentrations of auto dealers in the state? Despite these seemingly disastrous stands, she garnered nearly 80 percent of the vote.
While California’s Republican party has its own unique brand of world class incompetence, there is plenty of room for criticism on the national level. Put in a nutshell, the Republican party doesn’t stand for anything, save not wanting to offend any potential group of voters, no matter how insignificant. As they would say in football, they are not trying to win, but instead are trying not to lose.
No doubt, individual Republican officeholders and candidates might be pro-life, pro-business, and tough on immigration, but there is simply no general policy on any issue. As hard as this might be to swallow for many conservatives, the Republicans have no principles. The Democrats, on the other hand most clearly DO have principles, even if they are abhorrent to us. They are pro-abortion, extreme gay rights advocates, pro-entitlements, anti-business, and atheist, to name but a few. And let me assure you, they don’t give a rip if this turns off people on our side. They have concluded—correctly—that they will never get our votes, anyway.
Several commentators have shown that had George W. Bush received a scant three percent more of the White vote in the 2000 presidential election, he would have achieved an electoral landslide. Yet, precious resources were wasted, and an election nearly lost, because so much time was spent on pandering, quite pointlessly, to Hispanics and Blacks, who nonetheless voted overwhelmingly Democratic.
The stunning inadequacy of Karl Rove and company reflects not stupidity, but rather the arrogant insularity resulting from a morbid and feckless credentialism, endemic to more than just political institutions. Amazingly enough, the findings of the preceding paragraph could be presented to these fatheads, and mathematically proven beyond all doubt, but still to no avail. Their rejoinder? “Hey, smart guy, how many presidential campaigns have you worked on?”
You know how a candidate can guarantee a victory in the California recall election, that would even overcome the split Republican ticket? Easy. Take a strong stand against illegal immigration.
Want another guarantee? No one will take this position. After all, he might offend someone who wouldn’t vote for him anyway.