Disaster on the Left Coast

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | 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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 14, 2003 10:17 AM ET USA

    Repubs seem to have lost their mind as well as their heart. Why would they bail out the Dems? They will either have to cut services or raise taxes. Either way they set themselves up for a loss next time around. They gave up their heart for an adulterous, pro abort, pro pervert politician without a real brain who sometimes looks human. And Cdl Mahony says nothing and does nothing as three phony Catholics deepen our Faith's crisis in America. Is he one of them? Is that unfair?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 09, 2003 5:52 PM ET USA

    No, Phil, I don't live in Massachussets. I count it among the many blessings God, in His mercy, has bestowed upon me.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 09, 2003 4:21 PM ET USA

    Gray Davis signed a spate of pro-abortion, anti-life bills before giving up the helm. To put some "spice" on my observation: I am ashamed of the three front-runners, all declared Catholics (without a clue to what what that means), and ashamed of the Catholic Episcopacy in California, and ashamed to say I was born and raised in California. And this may be the last time I admit that!

  • Posted by: Phil - Oct. 09, 2003 10:09 AM ET USA

    WF, you don't live in Massachusetts, do you? If you did, you wouldn't be so quick to assume that a Republican governor would be less likely to promote abortion and homosexuality than a Democrat. (And by the way, state spending has grown faster under 4 GOP governors than it did during the Dukakis era.)

  • Posted by: - Oct. 09, 2003 1:15 AM ET USA

    I am concerned that a lib-dem in Republican's clothing may lead an all-out assault on the Pro-LIfe plank in the platform at the next GOP national convention. Will McClintock be allowed a place in the CA delegation? Well, we still have the Constitution Party.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 08, 2003 9:32 PM ET USA

    Schwarzenegger isn't going to have any major effect on the Republican party. He can't run for president and will never build a national base. It's a mistake to see what happened as a Democrat/Republican fight. What happened was a populist revolt against a Democratic establishment with a chokehold on power--that succeeded. No, Arnold isn't going to be one of us. But it's almost as important that he's not one of them. And he won't push abortion or perversion with the zeal of a Dem party politico.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 08, 2003 4:31 PM ET USA

    Welcome to the USA! Where elections are about vitriol, where judges decide whose president, where most people don’t vote, where clowns, porn-stars and former bodybuilders and wrestlers are political stars, where you can have a copy of Play Boy and claim protection from the constitution but not if you have a Bible, where freedom of speech covers the foulest filth but not any talk about God. Welcome to a country that the media has redefined in the last forty years according to their own image.