I know this won’t shock many of you. California Gov. Arnold Kennedy Schwarzenegger hasn’t formally endorsed anyone yet, but he gave rave reviews of Obama and McCain to the SF Chronicle editorial board today:
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, weighing in on the presidential race, said that both Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are on the right track in “talking about bringing people together” across partisan lines…
…Schwarzenegger, during a wide-ranging session with the Chronicle editorial board, also declined to formally endorse a GOP presidential candidate. But the California governor didn’t rule it out – and came closest when he said that McCain should be congratulated for working across party lines to get things done, despite being hammered by conservative pundits around the country as being too friendly with Democrats. .
“I think that you should never worry about being hammered,” he said. “If you want to lead, there will always be people against it. I hear this kind of stuff all the time.”
McCain “is smart to continue talking about those issues. It is smart for Obama to continue talking about those issues, crossing the line,” Schwarzenegger said. “You will see worldwide, more and more people are going to look at that as a way of bringing people together. And there’s nowhere more important to do that than in America.”
Schwarzenegger said he will appear with President Bush at an economic event in the Los Angeles area this week. And he will also be present at the live televised GOP debate from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, where he is expected to escort Nancy Reagan to watch the final meeting of the candidates before the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday primaries.
As we have seen time and again, “bringing people together” is code for increasing the size and scope of government. Note how “bipartisan” legislation and “unifying” programs are always liberal efforts that conservatives compromise on or sell out for–never the other way around.
Bush-Kennedy’s No Child Left Behind.
Cal Thomas has a related column on the Republican retreat:
The aptly named Republican “retreat” last weekend at the ritzy Greenbrier resort in West Virginia should have included Democrats because Republicans are behaving just like them.
There was President Bush arguing for his “bipartisan stimulus package” and supporting government handouts with borrowed money. Republicans can always cut a bipartisan deal if they behave like Democrats…
…What Republicans need is a dose of Barack Obama, who recently praised Ronald Reagan to the consternation of leading Democrats. Obama correctly noted that “Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, and a way that Bill Clinton did not.” That’s because Reagan had core principles from which he rarely deviated.
Instead of standing in front of those silly signs they use to promote whatever it is they are talking about, Republicans should use backdrops that promote some of Reagan’s greatest sayings. These include:
“Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States”; “Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets”; “Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them”; “Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves”; “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
My personal favorite is: “Man is not free unless government is limited.”
That last one should be tattooed on every Republican member of Congress.
And on every GOP presidential candidate, too.
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