Wednesday, December 28, 2005

IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL WHINE IF I WANT TO

From Insider Report from NewsMax.com

Ex-Gov. Whitman Blasts "Extremist" Republicans

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman is sounding off against the "far-right extremists" she says have hijacked the Republican Party, and is supporting a PAC that seeks to "take back" the GOP.
In a letter soliciting contributions for the It's My Party Too PAC, Whitman writes: "Our party was founded on the principles of limited government, individual responsibility, free markets, fiscal responsibility, a strong national defense, and, above all else, individual freedom.
"That's why it's so troublesome that a small but increasingly powerful faction has decided that they alone can decide what it means to be a Republican."
Whitman points to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the "political flack" he received from fellow Republicans when he voiced support for increased government funding for embryonic stem cell research.
"In retaliation, the far-right extremists threatened to derail any future presidential aspirations Frist may hold, even though he votes solidly Republican on every other issue," Whitman states in the letter.
"We can't allow a few extremists to hijack our Party."
Whitman says the PAC, which includes John McCain and Bob Dole on its Advisory Board, is "dedicated to supporting fiscally conservative, socially progressive moderate Republican candidates at all levels of government and grassroots organizations who support them."
Whitman, who is Chair of the It's My Party Too PAC, warns that the GOP is headed down a "slippery slope" and urges fellow Republicans to contribute to the PAC so it can fight to "take back our Republican Party."


Whitman was governor of New Jersey for seven disappointing years. Let me say unequivocally that she was not in any sense of the word a "fiscally conservative, socially progressive moderate Republican"; rather, she was and is a liberal even by Democratic Party standards.
True, Whitman played lip service to Republican issues, but actions speak louder than words.
Christine Todd Whitman defeated incumbent Democrat Gov. James Florio in 1993 on a popular wave of anti-tax anger, but it almost didn't happen. Although the public was galvanized against Florio's $2.8 billion income tax hike, Whitman, like many "moderates", had no stand on a solution to the problem; her platform was essentially "I'm not Jim Florio." As a result, her campaign languished and Florio was almost assured of reelection in spite of his tax-raising policies.
It was not until Steve Forbes stepped in and gave Whitman a proposal for cutting taxes. She ran with it and narrowly won, then followed through and delivered on her promise to cut taxes. This brought Whitman national attention as a tax-cutter; talk of her being on a national ticket naturally followed.
She should have stuck with Forbes.
Instead, she made minimal cuts in spending and governed as a borrow-and-spend liberal. All the regulatory apparatus remained intact. What proved her undoing on the national level was when she applauded then President Bill Clinton's stand in favor of partial-birth abortion. This exposed Whitman as a rabid pro-choicer; her national GOP support evaporated almost instantaneously.
Her liberalism was also evident in her judicial appointments.
During her two terms six out of seven positions on the notoriously left-wing state Supreme Court opened up. This gave Whitman an unprecedented opportunity to drag the court at least to the center if not the right. As an ardent pro-choicer though, Whitman could not afford any regulations to unlimited abortions to stand, so she appointed only "true believers" on that issue. In addition, they were all lightweights - no Scalia or Thomas here; not even a Brennan or Warren - the Whitman judicial appointments were more of a Lance Ito caliber.
Although more conservative than the Governor, the Republican-controlled State Senate went along with all the appointments. This would come back to bite them when the Court in 2001 upheld a Democrat redistricting plan for the State Legislature, resulting in Democrat control of both houses since that year's election. This is the same court that in 2002 upheld the Democrats' last minute ballot switch when they replaced the scandal-tainted U. S. Senator Robert "The Torch" Torricelli with the geriatric Frank Lautenberg.
I tend to support the concept of a "big tent" Republican Party. This is a big nation and issues and philosophies differ regionally. But there comes a point when the philosophical differences are so extreme that one must consider just which tent they actually should be in.

13 Vignettes:

At 1:00 PM, December 28, 2005, Blogger B&N vignetted...

The Big Tent is the method by which all political parties have gained control, and I am not averse to the idea, but, and I think you are correct for pointing this out, where does the line get drawn.

I have asked that same question regarding McCain especially. Which side is he on, anyway?

Some think he and his ilk are the way of the future, but all that I can see him doing is excising parts out of the Bill of Rights, so he looks too authoritarian and busybodyish to me.

In the end, he is nothing more than a politician, and not a problem solver. He is in it to play a game, and in doing so is showing that he is dumber than the day is long. My only hope is that he keeps talking, so that most can see what an ass he really is.

 
At 11:24 AM, December 29, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous vignetted...

They're ALL in it for themselves. You don't seriously think they're in it for the good of America, do you???????

 
At 6:05 PM, December 30, 2005, Blogger camojack vignetted...

Think they want a bit of cheese with that w[h]ine?!

 
At 7:00 PM, December 30, 2005, Blogger hooey vignetted...

Possibly. I personally believe cheese goes better with steak than w[h]ine.

 
At 3:53 PM, January 02, 2006, Blogger camojack vignetted...

Cheesesteaks?! Mmmm!!!

 
At 12:15 AM, January 09, 2006, Blogger Sofia vignetted...

how ironic that the work hijacked was used when it was several specific hijackings which made extremists more prominant.....

 
At 10:19 PM, January 09, 2006, Blogger Myron vignetted...

Data from U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration @ www.msha.gov

United States mining fatalities in the last four years of the Clinton administration and the first four years of Bush's administration.

year 2004 - 54 fatalities
2003 - 56
2002 - 67
2001 - 72
Bush's administration
2000 - 85
1999 - 90
1998 - 87
1997 - 91
Clinton's administration


Liberals are trying to blame the Bush administration for the deaths of the 12 coal miners in West Virginia because they say Pres. Bush relax safety regulations but look at the numbers. Despite the fact that coal production is up in the mining industry now over 4 years ago (result of the boom in the energy sector) less people are dying.

I guess less regulation equal less deaths.

My blog is Far Right Wing

 
At 10:06 PM, January 14, 2006, Blogger Hawkeye┬« vignetted...

Hello Hooey,
I haven't stopped by in a while. How's things? I actually like Christy, but now that you mention it... she's no Reagan Republican. I guess I was comparing her to the other jerks this state has produced. I mean, she's a lot better than Lautenberg, Corzine, McGreevey or Toricelli, eh?

 
At 1:40 PM, February 05, 2006, Blogger camojack vignetted...

Need...new...post.

 
At 11:43 AM, February 09, 2006, Blogger Kajun vignetted...

One of the reasons I hate it when people leave the "e" out of my last name, which they often do.

Those who know me will know what I mean.

 
At 3:57 AM, February 10, 2006, Blogger camojack vignetted...

Kajun:
Do they ask for a sampler, then?

 
At 9:38 PM, February 16, 2006, Blogger benning vignetted...

And how did "limited government" fall into play with increasing funding for stem-cell research?

Whitman has been a fraud most of her political life. Let her start PACking, so we can all be rid of her.

Was that too extreme?

 
At 2:24 PM, February 28, 2006, Blogger Kajun vignetted...

There is no "e" in the former governesses last name...there is an "e" in my last name...please do not confucias.

 

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