posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 08:18 PM
I think Arnold is on to something. A lot of people would believe that 51 percent of the American electorate voted for a conservative, right-wing
agenda, when it's not necessarily so. So did because they disliked John Kerry, some because they preferred what Bush said on their local issues to
what Kerry said on them. On the short-term, the right wing of the party can still maintain itself in power with that kind of diverse voting
Indeed, a really bad bet for the right-wingers to make would be to believe that this election was a referendum on an ultra-conservative agenda, and
that 51 percent of the American electorate is for that kind of program.
Besides, if the right-wingers make that kind of bet, some moderate Republican congressmen and Senators may become uncomfortable with the direction the
party is taking - and worried about their chances for re-election if they remain associated with that agenda. Unless the right wing of the party
decides to take moderate Republicans out of positions of power (as was threatened about Arlen Specter). Any of those two ways, it could split the
party in two.