Friday, September 09, 2005

The Face(s) of the GOP

Many Democrats try hard not to be too partisan--they love to vote and or support Republican candidates. Or should I say "moderate" Republican candidates like Schwarzenegger and McCain. I can understand this desire--until 2000, I considered myself an independent. Of course, when it comes down to it, a Republican is a Republican. And a modern day Republican is extremely partisan and extremely conservative when it comes to legislation. (How else can you explain the fact that a lot of Republicans think we're headed in the wrong direction yet still support Bush and Co.?)

I previously discussed McCain's conservativism and Schwarzenegger's policies have pretty much exposed him as the true GOP member he is. But his current veto on the gay marriage bill demonstrates quite a clear picture of several facets of the modern day Conservative/Republican:
In a statement, Schwarzenegger's press secretary, Margita Thompson, said the governor opposes the legislation, passed Tuesday night by the California Assembly and last week by the state Senate, because he thinks the matter should be decided by California's courts or its voters.
First, there's the fact that he claims to be a pro-gay Governor and the GOP loves to parade him around because of that. But when he had the chance to prove it, he showed his true colors. (Prop 22 only refered to recognizing out of state marriages, not in state so I can't completely agree with his argument about that. Besides, there's currently a 46-46 split on gay marriage.)

Another aspect that I find interesting is his desire to let it be "decided by the courts." Wouldn't that force the issue to be supported by "activist judges"? I guess he didn't get the memo. Of course, he's probably being told to do this to provide fodder for GOP talking points in the future.

What's even more disturbing is the trend to do whatever you have to do to support your agenda. If judges overturn your legislation, attack the judges. If the legislature doesn't give you what you want, use highly funded and misleading propositions; or use the courts so you can attack them when you don't get what you want. If your policies are failing miserably, attack critics as unpatriotic, anti-god, partisan, or playing the blame game. When your opponents propose good legislation (i.e. a new Department of Homeland Security), attach unacceptable amendments so they can't vote for it.

This is the GOP way and you have to reap the consequences when you vote for a Republican. As Warren Beatty said, "A Schwarzenegger Republican is a Bush Republican who calls themself a Schwarzenegger Republican." Last year I know many Democrats who voted for Republican Steve Poizner because he claimed to be a "moderate". He'll probably run again. Democrats who vote for him should be prepared for the consequences of putting a so-called "moderate" into the Assembly.

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