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Thursday, October 9, 2003

Not everyone on the right is happy with Gov. Gropenator.

The fundamentalist Christian site Crosswalk looks at how 'pro-family' right-wingers are viewing the election win of Arnold Schwarzenegger in California. The quick version: The Gropenator ain't no Ronald Reagan.

Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families, who had endorsed conservative Republican Tom McClintock (who received 13% of the vote on Tuesday), is calling Schwarzenegger's election win a "gigantic step backward." He takes issue with conservative Christians who chose to ignore McClintock -- a strong pro-life, pro-family advocate -- and vote for Schwarzenegger. He wonders if this is how people of faith are going to transform politics.

"[I]n their support for ... a 'winner' [Schwarzenegger], they have inadvertently sent a message to the national Republican Party that issues of the heart don't matter [and] that support for tax cuts alone is enough to satisfy us," Bauer states. "Believe me, there are those in the Republican establishment who will test just how little they can offer us and still get our vote."

Bauer, a former GOP presidential candidate, contends that if "socially liberal" Republicans are voted into office by people of faith, it will make it that much more difficult to successfully push back those who favor liberal issues such as abortion on demand and same-sex "marriage." In fact, he believes some will try to use the Schwarzenegger victory to convince Republican officials the party does not need a pro-family platform to win an election.

"Already the media is saying that this is proof that the Republican Party needs to drop their emphasis on the life issue and on being pro-family," he says.

Bauer also touched on some negative national political implications of the GOP victory. "It means that the California delegation to the Republican Convention, handpicked by the new governor, will be pro-abortion and pro-gay rights," he says. "And it guarantees that our battle within the Republican Party is going to be 100% more difficult than it would have been otherwise."

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