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And it was a shifting away of the perception of the party from being one that was more moderate to one that had at least harder edges to it.
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And it was contrary to what anyone thought the administration would do, but we don't talk about it, because it is contrary to what a lot of the base would want.
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And so it's a perfect time for both parties to take a deep look at themselves, a deep, hard look and decide where they're going to go.
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And so to me, it says if you're Republican and you care about the future of the party, don't take this plurality as being such a big one.
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And that was OK when the right and left weren't so far apart. Now they've gotten so far apart that the ability to come back, that center, is still lost.
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And that's one of the concerns that I have. His ability to be the kind of leader he's going to want to be I think in some instances is going to be stymied by his own party.
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And we've had another quantum shift. But there's been a gradual movement of the country to the right, let's say.
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And you get to the end where Ohio and Florida are so critical and important. And yes, they got the gay marriage amendment ban on the Ohio ballot.
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And you had some of the environmental groups who were absolutely bound and determined they weren't going to give him a good mark, no matter what we did.
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As soon as the Supreme Court had decided that George W. Bush was to be the next president of the United States, Karl Rove focused on 4 million evangelicals who had not gone to the polls in 2000.
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Because they get all caught up in that, and that's where their focus is. That, I think, is going to be difficult for the president.
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But also, when the president campaigned in those places, he didn't campaign with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson - he campaigned with Rudy Giuliani; he campaigned with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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But it was just frustrating, because I thought we had a tale to tell in the environment, and it was clear that that was not going to be something of great interest, to make an understatement.
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But you have these groups now that feel empowered, and it's going to be very hard for him to get his nominees.
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Discipline is that strict. That will never work in a country like this, and we'd better be concerned about it.
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He has called for an 18 percent reduction in greenhouse gas and intensity. He has said he believes the issue is an important one.
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He was very, very abrupt, and 'This is it; we're out of it, and we're not going to regulate carbon. No questions asked. It's bad for our economy.'
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I didn't really see things change a lot. And of course you remember I left in 2003, because it was only fair to the president you didn't leave in the middle of the campaign. So I left just before it.
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I looked forward to being able to help him expand his base while not scaring the Republicans who were those who just hate the idea of environment, and they hate the idea of regulation.
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I mean, he's done a brilliant job for what he's supposed to do, which is to ensure that the president has a Republican Congress and was re-elected. And he did all those things exceedingly well.
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I mean, it's the president whose policy is being implemented, and so the White House has a right to make sure that that policy is being communicated in the way that they want it communicated.
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I mean, look at Tony Blair now. He's having to fight to convince people that his support of the president in Iraq was correct, and a lot of what they call at him is climate change.
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I mean, what that exactly meant I don't know, but those were the Goldwater supporters in New Jersey, and if you weren't 100 percent with them, they really didn't want you.
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I think for the Republicans, it's going to be between those who want only ideological purists - those people who say if you believe in choice you're not a good Republican.
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I think it was the way that the president chose to disengage from Kyoto. That to me was so clearly aimed at the base at, I believe, a cost, a detriment to the administration overall.
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I think part of it is being exacerbated because of these groups who have been so empowered over the last four years.
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I think that he understands that even if they answer that, they shouldn't be considered for the Supreme Court, because you should judge each case on the merits of the case.
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I think the biggest fight you're going to have is between the moderates and those whom I describe as the social fundamentalists on the right. And that's part of the problem, too.
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I think the president really wants to leave a policy legacy. He wants to leave it internationally, and he wants to leave it domestically, and he always has. That's been his focus.
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I think they've created a monster in many ways, because of that focus during the first term on the base and on those hot-button issues, they brought in a number of senators.
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I will say that I think redistricting has made things a lot more problematic in the sense that it's much harder to get rid of incumbents.
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It didn't solve the major problems; it doesn't include China and India - a whole host of reasons that it wasn't going to be.
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It didn't start with Nixon; it started with Goldwater.
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It used to be that for Republicans, you ran to the right in primaries, toward the center for the general election; Democrats ran to the left in primaries, and to the center during general elections.
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It was a political calculation made in the White House, and I don't know how that was made. I mean, it wasn't made just by the political shop, I'm sure. There would be others involved.
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It was extraordinarily well orchestrated. I mean, you did see that. It was extraordinarily well orchestrated, well coordinated, single message.
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It was frustrating personally because we were being beaten up so badly, and I was going out there to tell people what the administration had done, but there was no backup from them.
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It was the first time, too, that I had run into people - and I had been around campaigns all my life growing up - who were so fervent and such believers and looked with disdain on anyone who wasn't.
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It's an enormous issue for the rest of the world. And the president could have said, 'I'm not going to support this treaty, no way, no how, but we will continue to work with you.'
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It's going to be those people against moderates who say, 'Look, we used to pride ourselves in the early '90s on being the big tent under Ronald Reagan.'
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It's on the Hill, and it's with some of these socially fundamentalists groups that are out there and supporting candidates, and the ones who throw the rhetoric around.
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It's pretty hard to say no when a vice president-elect and a president-elect ask you to be part of the national team.
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Now, part of that was the media wasn't all that keen to talk about it. They don't talk about the environment a lot. It's complicated; it's not easy; doesn't lend itself to sound bites.
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Now, yes, you can say he got more votes than anybody who's ever run for president, but the same could be said about John Kerry. He did as well. He had more people voting, more people out there.
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Oh, it was very, very sophisticated. But if you look also, it was interesting: The campaign spent about $200 million up and through the primaries, up until about August to the convention.
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Reagan said, 'You don't get to be a majority party if you're always looking for groups with whom you won't associate.'
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Reagan was very important. He was the kind of nationally acceptable face of conservatism. He was also very smart.
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Republicans control now, so that does give them a leg up. But when you look at this president's re-elect numbers, he was elected by less than three percentage points, his margin of victory.
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Rove felt they were Bush voters, and they should go out for him, and if he was able to capture those 4 million, that the president would be re-elected.
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So I did do that for them when the campaign first kicked off, but I never heard about what the group did after that.
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That gave them a sense of empowerment that now has groups like that saying after the president's re-elect: 'We won this election for the president. We are owed the next Supreme Court justice.'
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The base didn't like Kyoto. They felt climate change was a red herring; it's not real. And they think it's just the rest of the world's attempt to slow down our economy.
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The irony here is this administration is spending more money on climate change research and development than any administration in all the rest of the industrialized world combined.
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The litmus test is going to get very, very hard for even the president to meet. And it's going to thwart what I believe is a sincere desire on his part to leave an important legacy in policy issues.
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The president and I are exactly in the same place as to the kinds of things we could do with the environment and the EPA, moving environmental protection forward.
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The president proposed an energy proposal; we haven't even begun to have it discussed. I mean, it's an enormous issue. He did it four years ago, and people said, 'Well, he didn't push it hard enough.'
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They're pretty locked into those districts. They don't have to compromise. They don't feel they have to compromise.
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This book is about the future of the party; it's not about the president or a critique of the presidency. And I really don't do that.
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Those are the people who describe other Republicans as RINO, and they seem to have a focus on ridding the party of those people.
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To put that into some perspective, when Bill Clinton and Al Gore had first taken the idea of the Kyoto Protocol up to the Congress, the United States Senate voted it down 95 to nothing.
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We disagreed, but, you know, that's the way things are, and that's the way they work in any administration. It's more outside the White House.
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We saw those signs that they didn't feel he was a legitimate president. And the barriers, the walls went up. And so that part was going to be difficult.
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We've got to be as good at starting at the grassroots level as the social fundamentalists have been over the last 10 years.
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Well, I mean, certainly the president's record was one that indicated that he would be a uniter, not a divider.
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Well, it's been really with the last couple of election cycles, because Ronald Reagan, one of the things he did do was to reach out to dissident Democrats. He was building a base.
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When you're dealing with people who think that Sponge Bob Square Pants is more important than social security, you have a problem.
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Without the moderates, Republicans wouldn't have control of the Senate and the House.
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You can't get back very far, and especially when your focus is just on hardening your base.
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You had Republicans who just didn't like the Environmental Protection Agency - I mean, really had a visceral reaction. It's probably the most hated part of government, I think.
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You have Zell Miller who wrote a book on the Democrat side, A National Party No More, saying his party had moved so far to the left it had left him behind. So it's happening everywhere.
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