Sunday on CNN Late Edition, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) encouraged his party to “not to get stuck in ideology, in the ideological corners” and instead offer broader solutions to America’s most pressing problems, especially climate change and the health care crisis. “Let’s clean our ocean, let’s clean our water, let’s clean our air, let’s create health care reform, let’s pass the budget, let’s fix the budget deficit and the structural deficit.”
The comments infuriated right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham, who railed against Schwarzenegger yesterday. She said she had “never, never, ever gotten the whole Schwarzenegger thing,” finally declaring California should “secede” from the United States:
INGRAHAM: Arnold Schwarzenegger is embarrassing on so many levels. … Every time we look to moderate to liberal Republicans for answers, we’re disappointed. Not only are we disappointed, we end up getting shafted. [...]
I read this and my blood boils. Left coast? I mean, just secede already, at this point. Okay. Secede already. I can’t take it anymore from California.
The fact that Schwarzenegger also repeated his opposition to the anti-gay amendment, Proposition 8, certainly did him no favors with Ingraham either. In fact, he said the law “falls into the same category” of anti-miscegenation laws from the early 20th century that banned blacks and whites from marrying.
The Schwarzenegger-Ingraham debate reflects the larger struggle within the Republican party. While National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Ensign (R-NV) said last week that the party shouldn’t focus on abortion or anti-gay marriage amendments, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) insisted the party should double down on the issues, focusing on “a belief in the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage.”