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Bloviating Zeppelin: Arnold Goes Centrist-Left

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(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Arnold Goes Centrist-Left

Here's how it went down in Fornicalia:

On October 7th, 2003, Fornicalia's first-ever gubernatorial recall election was held in an attempt to remove what I considered to be the emptiest of empty political suits, then-Governor Gray Davis. Election results were confirmed and certified on November 14th. Davis became the first governor in Fornicalia history to be recalled, and only the second in the entire history of the United States to be recalled.

Directly from the recall petition: [Governor Davis's actions were a] "gross mismanagement of California Finances by overspending taxpayers' money, threatening public safety by cutting funds to local governments, failing to account for the exorbitant cost of the energy, and failing in general to deal with the state's major problems until they get to the crisis stage."

Davis was so terribly ineffectual that even the sluggish, sloth-like and left-leaning blue electorate recognized his incompetence and voted him out. That in and of itself was one helluva statement.

After having announced his candidacy on the Jay Leno show, and saying he would make a sincere attempt to reduce the influence of special interests, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected by a large margin out of 135 candidates -- essentially, a so-called mandate from the masses.

The results (top 12 candidates) were:


Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rep, 4,203,596, 48.6
Cruz M. Bustamante, Dem, 2,723,768, 31.5
Tom McClintock, Rep, 1,160,182, 13.5
Peter Miguel Camejo, Grn, 242,169, 2.8
Arianna Huffington, Ind, 47,486, 0.6
Peter V. Ueberroth, Rep, 25,125, 0.3
Larry Flynt, Dem, 17,446, 0.3
Gary Coleman, Ind, 14,235, 0.2
George B. Schwartzman, Ind, 12,370, 0.2
Mary Cook, Ind, 11,174, 0.2
Bruce Martin Margolin, Dem, 9,177, 0.2
Bill Simon, Rep, 8,904, 0.2

With this mandate, Gov. Schwarzenegger repealed, within 24 hours it seemed, an incredibly unpopular vehicle license fee and overturned legislation that would have granted driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. He linked both parties to overhaul the workers' compensation system, renegotiated gambling compacts with the state's Indian tribes (not the most popular of measures), and linked both sides with a $15 billion borrowing measure that, some say, merely delayed the proverbial paying of the budgetary piper. He also vetoed gay marriage. All this in roughly one year.

He then went out on a limb and pushed for our November special election containing quite a number of excellent propositions that, in my estimation, would have placed our state firmly back on the path of normality -- and was rewarded with a resounding electoral kick in the teeth.

Arnold did an amazing thing for a politician: he took a huge, huge step, an extraordinary step, and pushed for propositions that would have helped the greater masses, yielded budgetary control, and (as Arnold is wont to say) "all those things."

I was fearing he would go centrist; now he certainly has and perhaps even centrist-left:

Susan Kennedy, a former head of the California branch of the National Abortion Rights Action League, a long-time gay rights activist (she married her partner Vicki Marti in 1999) was named yesterday to replace Patricia Clarey, the former aide to Republican Governor Pete Wilson.

Kennedy has, incidentally, joined Daniel Zingale as the second former Davis aide to join Schwarzenegger's staff in (coincidentally?) the past month.

Arnold essentially tried to do too much too soon, created enemies and gored the oxen of too many two-faced, hypocritical voters -- who happen to need oxen-holing.

So I suppose it shouldn't shock us to discover, with a 2006 re-election campaign looming, he's going for more bang for his buck.

He already knows he won't get it from the Right.


Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

That was a very interesting, well written post. I learned a lot. I didn't realize that Davis was only the 2nd Governor in the U.S. to be recalled. Wow!! How do you deal with that kind of blow in life?

We can only hope and pray that Schwarzenegger doesn't go any farther left since he's already done so many good things. You'll have to keep us posted.

Thu Dec 01, 07:33:00 PM PST  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

12 01 05

Well Blo Zep: Another reason why you are number one! Great analysis. I hadn't thought of him in quite that way; you have given a very compelling reason why his actions are somewhat inconsistent. I guess as the saying goes, you can't please all people. Being a Centrist is difficult. I used to say that about myself, but I am not really a Centrist; just an Independent. I hold real close to some ideas that I will never let go, while others are subject to change according to knowledge. In fact, your article on Mr. McClintock may have gotten him a new fan;) Good post:)

Thu Dec 01, 10:49:00 PM PST  
Blogger Revka said...

It is truly sad when you see a republican start out with great intentions in getting things back on track. After all, the way Davis screwed things up, I think he had to barrel in there and get things going. He did do some great things, but as you said he pushed to hard to fast. The people weren't ready for such incredible ideas. They were used to Davis.

This is sad, i was hoping he would be steadfast and perservere. Of course, he is married to a Kennedy, and that has to have a huge influence somehow.

Keep us posted!

Fri Dec 02, 04:13:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

LMC, Mahndisa and Rebecca, thanks once again for the great comments and kudos!

As for centrist, you find you disappoint on not just one but two levels. Arnold is no dummy. He learns quickly. Just WHAT he learns -- that's yet to be seen.

He is still finding himself a political animal and, I'll wager, has found politics as totally intoxicating and seductive as living a celebrity life.

Fri Dec 02, 01:52:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I just realized: I have a majority of conservative WOMEN consistently commenting on my posts.

How totally cool is that?


Sat Dec 03, 08:09:00 PM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Mary Carey got MY vote... Not for Governor, she just got my vote...:)

Sat Dec 10, 08:06:00 PM PST  

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