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Disaster on the Left Coast

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 08, 2003

To keep things in perspective, here's what happened in California yesterday:

The voters decided to oust a pro-abortion, pro-gay Catholic (Davis) and replace him with a pro-abortion, pro-gay Catholic (Schwarzenegger) instead of a pro-abortion, pro-gay Catholic (Bustamante). And if the state's Church leaders (Cardinal Mahony, Archbishop Levada, etc) made any comment on the entire debased contest, I missed it.

Most conservative Republican leaders are saying that the Schwarzenegger victory is a step in the right direction since-- even if he is on the wrong side of every key issue, at least he's better than a Democrat.

I heartily disagree. If a liberal Democrat wins, at least there's a chance to build a "culture of life" within the Republic opposition. If a liberal Republican wins, both sides are controlled by the abortion industry and the gay-rights lobby.

Alan Keyes makes the argument persuasively. A Schwarzenegger win is bad for the Republican party-- unless you're prepared to surrender the identity of the GOP to the culture-of-death crowd.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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