I’ve been mulling over a thread idea that I originally wanted to title “FIX THE REPUBLICAN PARTY”. As an alternative, I’d like to explore whether Arnold’s brand of Republicanism is a step in the right direction. It’s not my ideal case, but it’s not too far off, and I think he has a better chance of getting his agenda in front of the American people than I do.
Arnold Schwartzenegger is running as a Republican. He certainly seems to be fiscally conservative, but many of his views on social issues would more comfortably fit in either the Democratic or the Libertarian parties. He stands to capture a large number of traditional Democratic votes (most polls show him picking up somewhere around 25% of registered Democrats) despite a well known and fairly traditonal Democrat, Bustamante, being on the ballot.
Could Arnold reshape the Republican party along those lines? Will other more libertarian leaning Republicans get a boost from Governor Schwartzenegger? On a national level, if such candidates could pick up 20 – 30% of the Democratic vote, could they not survive the loss of the hard core “religious right”?
And I’ll admit I’m sticking my neck out a bit by posting something about “Governor Schwartzenegger” on the eve of the election. But I think it’s safe to say that if he isn’t elected tomorrow, he’ll be the favorite in 2006.