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A Democrat Election; A Republican Primary

A Democrat Election; A Republican Primary

Making Sense By Michael Reagan

On October 7, if the federal courts keep their noses out of California's business, there will be a recall election to get rid of the odious Gray Davis. Immediately following will be a free-for-all to determine who'll replace him.

For the Democrats, the question of who will be the candidate is already settled: having turned his back on Davis, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante is the only Democrat running to replace the governor should he be recalled. So for them October 7 is an election.

That's not the case with the Republicans: there are four credible candidates: Muscle man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Simon, State Senator Tom McClintock and former Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth. That, in effect, makes October 7 primary day for the GOP.

It also points to the execrable shape of California's GOP. A sensible political party would get behind one candidate just as the Democrats have done. But nobody has ever suggested the California GOP is a sensible political party, or even, for that matter, a political party. It's more like a debating society, and the debate goes on endlessly.

The latest Field poll shows Bustamante neck-and-neck with Schwarzenegger getting 25 percent to Arnold's 22. BUT if you add Tom McClintock's 9 percent and Simon's 8 percent and Peter Ueberroth' s 5 percent, you get a GOP percentage of a whopping 44 percent, far above Bustamante's 25 percent. In other words, the Republicans can win!

The common wisdom is that Schwarzenegger is a sure winner. A lot of Republicans think he is. But what a lot of those Republicans don't seem to know, or care, for that matter, is that Arnold is not really a Republican, but a Democrat claiming to be a Republican.

Should California Republicans get behind a pseudo-Republican merely to be able to claim that they've put a Republican candidate in the governor's mansion in Sacramento? Are they that desperate?

Republicans oppose increased taxes. Schwarzenegger supports raising taxes. The majority of Republicans oppose abortion, Schwarzenegger supports killing the unborn. Republicans oppose such items in the homosexual agenda as gay marriage. Schwarzenegger thinks its just a dandy idea.

They say that a man should be judged by the company he keeps. As his chief economic advisor he picked billionaire Warren Buffett, who opposed President Bush's needed tax cuts and who has told heavily taxed Californians that they don't pay enough taxes.

Buffett is a left wing Democrat. He has recently been labeled anti-Catholic by the respected Catholic League's President Bill Donahue. Here's what he had to say about Buffett:

"Warren Buffett is one of the most lavish donors to the nation's most anti-Catholic organization, Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC). Led by Frances Kissling, CFFC has twice been denounced as a fraud by the U.S. Catholic bishops. For many years, Kissling has worked tirelessly to downgrade the Vatican's status at the U.N. Her non-stop attempts to discredit the teachings of Catholicism are known all over the world. Indeed, Kissling has expressly said it is her goal to 'overthrow' the Catholic Church.

"For anyone to bestow funds on an organization that hijacks the name Catholic only to subvert Catholicism is an outrage. It is worse when non-Catholic billionaires stick their nose into the internal affairs of the Catholic Church. By writing checks totaling millions of dollars to fund CFFC (in 2001-2002 alone, the Buffett Foundation awarded CFFC nearly a half-million dollars), Warren Buffett has shown himself to be the enemy of the Catholic Church."

By picking the militantly anti-Catholic Buffett as a top advisor, Schwarzenegger has told us a lot about himself, and, as the saying goes, it ain't pretty.

I know it's asking a lot to suggest that my fellow California Republicans wise up and get behind the most competent candidate in the race, a proven state-wide vote getter, Tom McClintock. He is the only candidate capable of cleaning up the mess in Sacramento and digging the state out of the black fiscal pit in which Davis and the Democrats have buried us.

Mike Reagan, the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Premiere Radio Network. Comments to mereagan@hotmail.comfor Mike.

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