recent days, Tom McClintock, the "other Republican" in California's recall
race, has accepted a million dollars spent on his behalf by a left-wing special
interest group. He has claimed that a Democrat victory in the recall
election would be desirable, as it would better his chances in 2006.
And he has joined with Democrat Cruz Bustamante in a boycott against fellow
Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is the man we're supposed to
believe represents the conscience of conservatism? At the end of the
day, Tom McClintock's Faustian Pact with the Left has made one thing clear
-- it's all about Tom McClintock.
The $1 million to be spent on McClintock's behalf is by Indian gambling interests,
a staunch Democratic special interest. I wrote about the possibility
of left-wing special interests backing McClintock in order to divide Republicans
several weeks back. Now it is a reality. The Sacramento Bee has
announced that the Morongo tribe is spending $1 million to boost McClintock's
candidacy and it's not because they want him to win. The money spent
on McClintock is meant to split the Republican vote so their loyal servant,
Democrat Cruz Bustamante, can emerge the winner. With enough left-wing
money, McClintock can steal enough votes from Arnold to make that happen.
Tom's win-at-any-cost mindset has him collaborating with leftist groups who
want nothing more than a divided Right to throw the election to Bustamante.
Does McClintock see that the Left is using him? Maybe there's a reason
it's called "blind" ambition.
McClintock's partnership with the liberal special interests raises serious
questions about his loyalty to the GOP. McClintock has said he puts
his personal "principles" before the party. But there's a deeper reason
McClintock doesn't care that his spoiler candidacy will doom Republicans
in the recall race.
In a conversation with US Congressman Dan Burton, Tom McClintock said the
following: he (McClintock) didn't mind it if Democrats win the gubernatorial
race because it could improve his own chances in 2006. According to
the Los Angeles Times, "Burton, one of the more conservative members
of Congress, also said McClintock had seemed to suggest that it would be
acceptable for a Democrat to hold the governor's office, because he might
create a clamor for a Republican in 2006." So that's what this is really
about. If McClintock can't win, he can at least prevent the Republicans
from winning so he has a better shot in 2006. Aren't we glad he's playing
for our team?
McClintock is now collaborating with Cruz Bustamante to boycott the California
Broadcasters Association's debate on the 24th as a means of showing up Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Bustamante led the boycott charge on October 17th and
McClintock soon followed his lead. When you see a Republican siding
with a Democrat against a fellow Republican, you know something is wrong
with the picture. Don't adjust your set -- this is Tom McClintock,
the self-styled conscience of conservatism.
As if things couldn't get any worse, McClintock is justifying his candidacy on a poll strategically conducted by the left-wing Los Angeles Times, which wants nothing more than to keep him in the race. That Times poll has been debunked by Field and even invalidated by the Times'
own reporting. It added 6% more self-identified conservatives than
other polls and naturally gave McClintock an artificial 5% bump. But
McClintock is clinging to this cooked poll, another leftist ploy, because
it serves his interests.
What kind of a conservative lets left-wing interests drive his candidacy
like this? The answer is a candidate who is so blind with ambition
that he does not see how the Left is using him to their own ends. Thus
far, McClintock has claimed he stands for principle, but it is obvious that
his hopeless candidacy is based on personal ambition. It's no longer
appropriate to view McClintock as merely a misguided crusader. He is
a bigger threat to Republican victory on Election Day than Cruz Bustamante.
Up until now, McClintock has responded to arguments for stepping aside with
denial, delusion, and arrogance. Given his collaboration with the Left,
Republicans must get serious with him. McClintock's "stalking horse"
candidacy must come to an end.
Bob Chandra is a Bay Area Republican activist and writer.