October 13, 2005

BUT WHAT DOES NRO SAY? (via mc):

Praise the Lord and Pass the Initiatives: State GOP hires a Bush campaign veteran to get evangelicals to the polls. Abortion is the draw. (Michael Finnegan, October 13, 2005, LA Times)

State Republicans are moving to rally Christian conservatives behind an abortion measure on the November special election ballot in hopes that, once drawn to the polls, they will back the rest of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's fall agenda.

The party has hired Gary Marx, a top liaison to social conservatives in President Bush's reelection campaign, to assemble up to 10 organizers to build support among evangelicals and other religious conservatives for Proposition 73. The measure on the Nov. 8 ballot would require parental notification when minors seek abortions.

In mailers sent to Republican voters, the party also has trumpeted Schwarzenegger's endorsement of the abortion proposal. "Arnold says vote yes," one glossy party mailer says about Proposition 73. [...]

Lew Uhler, a leader of the campaign for Schwarzenegger's measure to curb political spending by labor unions, Proposition 75, agreed that anti-abortion voters would be a key factor in the election.

"We are very fortunate to have that measure at the top of the ticket," he said. "It is the most emotion-packed issue on the ballot, and it appeals to a broad range of people, irrespective of party."

The Republican church program is partly an attempt to replicate the Bush campaign's success in mobilizing swing-state evangelicals behind the president last year through extensive face-to-face conversations with fellow parishioners, neighbors and co-workers.

The state party also is putting another Bush campaign tactic behind Schwarzenegger's ballot measures: the use of vast consumer marketing data to project voters' political leanings.


The pros get who the base is, even if the pundits don't.


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And, as Ed Driscoll, notes, Governor Schwarzenegger has learned more than just this from W, McBane, Starring In "Rope-A-Dope: The Sequel" (Ed Driscoll, October 13, 2005)

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 13, 2005 7:05 PM
Comments

But David Brooks assured us that "values voters" don't exist in the last election. Are you questioning his SAT scores?

Posted by: Luciferous at October 13, 2005 7:39 PM

No, his values.

Posted by: oj at October 13, 2005 7:47 PM

Last year in Florida we amended the state constitution after our very liberal state supreme court voided a parental notification law. The measure passed 65% to 35%. Kerry didn't have a chance in Florida.

Posted by: David at October 13, 2005 9:26 PM
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