Even if he wanted to, a sudden reversal on gay & reproductive rights, gun control etc would nix a big part of what his type of "Republican" candidacy supposedly brings to the table: the ability to carry Dem strongholds like CA. He wouldn't have won the governorship here if he'd taken reactionary social positions.kurt_w wrote:My guess is that Arnold would need to publicly adopt more right-wing social positions before he'd get approval of the family-values crowd, however.
It furthermore would be thoroughly unconvincing to the very people it's designed to placate. It's one thing for a former CIA director, RNC chief and Texas Congressman like Bush Sr. to have a midnight conversion on abortion - there was enough other rightwing cred in his background for the base to let it slide. If you're a Hollywood actor with lots of gay friends, related to the Kennedys, and were just elected on a libertarian social platform, it's gonna be pretty tough to pull a fast one on the religious base.