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Insider Report: Whitman, Norquist, Pirro, Wildmon

Friday, 16 December 2005 12:00 AM

Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman is sounding off against the "far-right extremists" she says have hijacked the Republican Party, and is supporting a PAC that seeks to "take back" the GOP.

In a letter soliciting contributions for the It's My Party Too PAC, Whitman writes: "Our party was founded on the principles of limited government, individual responsibility, free markets, fiscal responsibility, a strong national defense, and, above all else, individual freedom.

"That's why it's so troublesome that a small but increasingly powerful faction has decided that they alone can decide what it means to be a Republican."

Whitman points to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the "political flack" he received from fellow Republicans when he voiced support for increased government funding for embryonic stem cell research.

"In retaliation, the far-right extremists threatened to derail any future presidential aspirations Frist may hold, even though he votes solidly Republican on every other issue," Whitman states in the letter.

"We can't allow a few extremists to hijack our Party."

Whitman says the PAC, which includes John McCain and Bob Dole on its Advisory Board, is "dedicated to supporting fiscally conservative, socially progressive moderate Republican candidates at all levels of government and grassroots organizations who support them."

Whitman, who is Chair of the It's My Party Too PAC, warns that the GOP is headed down a "slippery slope" and urges fellow Republicans to contribute to the PAC so it can fight to "take back our Republican Party."

Hillary Clinton is a shoe-in to grab the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, but the Republican field is wide open, according to Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Writing in The American Spectator, Norquist says that Clinton "will be followed around the nation by six or seven emasculated senators" who will "pretend to run for president while actually auditioning for vice president."

He mentions Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Evan Bayh, former Sen. John Edwards and Virginia Gov. Mark Warner among those who might seemingly challenge Clinton for the nomination, but in the end they will "suck up to Hillary," Norquist predicts.

Here is Norquist's take on the race for the GOP nomination:

Norquist also mentions Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel.

But he saves his final remarks for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush:

"At present Bush is saying 'no' to the idea of a 2008 presidential bid. Some believe he should pass that year to avoid the appearance of a Bush Dynasty.

"But logic runs the other way. Only in 2008 will it be impossible for even the New York Times to argue with a straight face that we cannot elect one president's brother because we must elect another president's wife."

Jeanine Pirro would fare better if she ran for New York attorney general instead of remaining a challenger to Hillary Clinton in the Senate race, but she would still face an uphill battle, a new Zogby International poll reveals.

State Republican leaders have appealed to Pirro, the Westchester County district attorney, to give up her run against Clinton and instead face possible Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo, son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, in the attorney general race.

But in the poll of more than 700 likely voters in New York, Cuomo handily defeated Pirro, 50 percent to 32 percent, with 18 percent undecided.

A Zogby poll in September had Clinton leading Pirro by a larger margin, 57 percent to 34 percent.

The new poll showed that Pirro actually fared better among men than women. Men gave Cuomo a 46 percent to 39 percent lead, while women favored Cuomo 53 percent to 26 percent.

Even among Republicans, support for Pirro is shaky – she collected just 67 percent of the GOP vote.

Democrat Eliot Spitzer continues to lead by a large margin in the race for governor in New York, the poll disclosed. In prospective match-ups with five prominent Republicans in the race, none collected more than 23 percent of the vote.

American Family Association Chairman Donald E. Wildmon said that some members of the religious right would withdraw their support for Israel if a prominent anti-Semitism activist keeps up his criticism of the right.

During a December 5 broadcast on the AFA's American Family Radio, Wildmon said that Anti-Defamation League President Abraham Foxman "got himself in a bind by criticizing the religious right.

"The strongest supporters Israel has are members of the religious right – the people he's fighting.

"The more he says that 'you people are destroying the country,' you know, some people are going to begin to get fed up with this and say, ‘Well, all right then. If that's the way you feel, then we just won't support Israel anymore.'"

Foxman, in a November address at an Anti-Defamation League meeting, included AFA among the group of conservative religious organizations whose goal, he said, "is to implement their Christian worldview. To Christianize America."

And in early December Foxman convened a meeting of American Jewish leaders to discuss what Foxman again called the religious right's attempts to "Christianize America."

During Wildmon's December 5 broadcast, American Family Radio News Director Fred Jackson said that even some members of the Jewish community are trying to distance themselves from Foxman's views.

Jackson told the radio audience that Jewish people have "come out and said, 'Mr. Foxman is dead wrong, and you shouldn't even be listening to him 'cause we don't feel the way he does.'"

American Family Radio is a network of almost 200 radio stations across the U.S. whose stated mission is to "inform Christians about what is happening in America."

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