Saturday, December 18, 2004

Whitman Warns Against Catering to Right

"Christie Whitman, the former New Jersey governor and Bush environmental official, says in an upcoming book that Republican moderates must speak up or the party could move so far to the right that it will lose its influence and strength.

Whitman, who led the Environmental Protection Agency for President Bush from 2001 until May 2003, also says in the book that she was often at odds with the White House on issues such as setting limits on air pollutants and power plant emissions and in the debate over global warming. Her tenure was marked by complaints from conservatives that she was too moderate.

The main focus of Whitman's book 'It's My Party Too: The Battle for the Heart of the GOP and the Future of America,' is on her desire for moderate Republicans to regain control of the party. The more conservative wing of the party has claimed much credit for Bush's re-election.

'A clear and present danger Republicans face today is that the party will now move so far to the right that it ends up alienating centrist voters and marginalizing itself,' Whitman writes in the book, obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The book is to be released by The Penguin Press in late January.

'It is time for Republican moderates to assert forcefully and plainly that this is our party, too, that we not only have a place but a voice, and not just a voice but a vision that is true to the historic principles of our party and our nation, not one tied to an extremist agenda,' she says."

Pretty strong words from a woman who still has right-wing tire tracks all over her back.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

During the 50's and 60's, conservative (read: racist) Southern Democrats realized there was a place for them -- in the Republican Party. Christy, there is a place for moderate Republicans, but it ain't the Republican Party.

7:36 AM  

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