Pumping Irony

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Oct 01, 2003

Tom McClintock is a serious politician, not a cartoon character or an action figure. So he's not being taken seriously in California's recall-the-governor race. Republican Party officials-- including some who call themselves conservative-- are urging McClintock to drop out, and make room for a pro-abortion, pro-gay, pro-tax, weightlifter.

McClintock doesn't see why he should step aside. It's true that if he bows out, the Terminator will probably win. But what does that accomplish?

The conservative candidate speaks:

"People often have said 'Well, McClintock you just care more about principles than you care about winning,' and what I say to that is I believe if you stick to your principles ultimately you will win," he said. "If you don't stick to your principles, what is the point of winning?"

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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2003 10:35 AM ET USA

    "Republican party officials are urging McClintock to drop out"... Has anyone ever asked why the pro life candidate is always asked to drop out? How will we ever end abortion if we continue to vote for people who support the killing of a child before birth for the sake of a "party" winning? I'm glad Mr. McClintock is staying in the race and why doesn't someone ask Mr. Schwarzenegger to get out of the race so he won't stop McClintock from winning?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 02, 2003 6:14 AM ET USA

    To:Pseudodionysius Unfortunately that is the way it is, however, Catholics had the perfect opportunity to support Bishop Weigand and Msgr. Kavanaugh that should have resulted in a PRO-LIFE candidate. ??? I have contended all along that Governor Keating had Mahony's number.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 01, 2003 10:00 PM ET USA

    I believe that a practicing Catholic cannot support a politician who supports abortion. I know people who in order to defeat the Democrats are willing to vote for a RINO like Arnold Shwarzennegger. I guess for some people it is more important to win than their principles. As for me and my house we will stick to our principles and vote for the only candidate who is Pro-Life and Pro-Family, Tom McClintock! It is a disgrace that Davis, Bustamante & Arnold are "catholics" and our Bishops are silent

  • Posted by: - Oct. 01, 2003 9:28 PM ET USA

    Thanks, Phil. McClintock is absolutely right. "What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and suffers the loss of himself ?"

  • Posted by: - Oct. 01, 2003 9:26 PM ET USA

    Unfortunately, the art of Rhetoric as practiced by Cicero and Quintillian included Oratory as well as written communication. McClintock does not have the telegenic presentation that Arnold does. I'm not saying that its right, or moral, but that is, unfortunately, the way it is.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 01, 2003 6:33 PM ET USA

    Not being wild about either California or Schwarzenegger, I will say that the recall of Davis will serve one purpose -- it will put Democrats on notice that their days are numbered. It will say loud and clear that you can only play the system and use judges to hijack the democratic process for so long before you get what's coming to you. Otherwise will Arnold be any better? Probably not. But California doesn't deserve any better. They dug their own grave let them lie in it.