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Pumping Irony

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | 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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