September 14, 2003

CAN HE DO THE MATH?:

GOP math: 2 minus 1 = victory? (Daniel B. Wood, 9/14/03, The Christian Science Monitor)

Officially, two strong Republicans are vying for governor in California's historic recall.

Unofficially, based on the response of rank-and-file GOP members after Saturday's state-party convention, it is only a matter of time until conservative state Sen. Tom McClintock decides - for the good of the party and himself - to no longer be an active candidate. [...]

"This is the most charged ... bunch of Republicans I've seen in 20 years," says analyst Allan Hoffenblum. "There is a segment of very fervent supporters for Tom McClintock that will remain so, but the party is so starved for victory that come Oct. 7 they will not jeopardize victory." [...]

Yet to many prominent Republicans, the enduring question of the race comes down to simple math. "We just can't win with two Republicans in the race," said Rep. Darrell Issa in the convention's keynote address. He is the millionaire businessman who bankrolled the petition effort that led to the recall. Two recent polls give Bustamante roughly 30 percent of likely votes, Schwarzenegger about 25 percent, and McClintock 13 to 18 percent.


Yeah, but, as the return of massive budget deficits shows, math isn't the conservatives' strong suit, principle is.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2003 6:50 PM
Comments

Hopefully, McClintock will be given a prominant role in a Schwarzennegger administration.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 14, 2003 8:12 PM

All this is a good exercise for the next election. Futile for now because Davis will not be recalled.

Posted by: erp at September 14, 2003 8:19 PM

erp:

Nor will the Pinto.

Posted by: oj at September 14, 2003 9:11 PM

Poor GOP math goes back to Ford, at least as far as a pretty funny SNL bit from way back when. Chevy Chase as Ford: "I was told there would be not math in this debate."

Posted by: Jimmy at September 14, 2003 10:25 PM

I didn't know that Chevy Chase was a Republican.

Posted by: jefferson park at September 15, 2003 12:04 PM
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