Saturday, March 28, 2009

Howard Ahmanson Becomes a Blue Dog Democrat

Ahmanson, a Christian philanthropist, says he's a Blue Dog (the more fiscally conservative Democrats) rooting for Bobby Jindal in 2012.
But he's been a staunch republican and most likely that's been because of his strong religious views for which many have painted him in an ugly light.
On Obama, he says it's too early to tell.
He said Obama's reversal of Bush's restrictions on abortion and embryonic stem cell research was not surprising. Frankly, if republicans were wise they'd change their strategy on opposing abortion and embryonic stem cells. Rather than cementing their feet, and appearing like extremists, they'd find another way to appeal to people.
He'd like to get a note of recognition -- Someone send him a welcome card!
Still, something seems strange about this.
WaPo: In what one might call a biblical move, Christian philanthropist Howard Ahmanson -- one of three major funders of the campaign for California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages -- has abandoned the GOP for the Democratic Party.

No one ever said the multimillionaire isn't idiosyncratic.

In a rare interview Thursday, Ahmanson shared some of his thoughts about why he switched parties. In a word, taxes.

Specifically, he was offended by the California Republican Party's insistence during a recent state budget battle that there would be no tax increases for any reason, no matter what. "They're providing one issue, and it's just a very silly issue," Ahmanson told me by telephone.

So, without fanfare, Ahmanson printed out an online form and mailed in his Democratic Party registration. Thus far, he's heard nothing back, but confesses to hoping he'll receive a little card or something.