Carol Platt Liebau: Can It Be True?

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Can It Be True?

It's being reported that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to select a long time Democratic operative -- a former aide to Gov. Davis, and former executive director of the California Democratic Party and and the California Abortion Rights Action League -- as his new chief of staff.

In the linked article, former executive director of the California Republican Party Jon Fleischman notes that the appointment, if it goes through, will be interpreted as a giant "kiss-off to the Governor's Republican base."

What a mistake for the Governor. If he thinks it will incentivize the Democrats to work with him and befriend him, he's nuts. They want a Democrat and a union tool in his seat -- and nothing the Governor does will change that. Instead, he's choosing to sell out his principles and the people who worked hardest to put him in office? Amazing, if true.


Blogger Bachbone said...

Saddening, but not surprising. All my CA friends told me Arnold was the lesser of evils, not very conservative. And some of his campaign staff choices proved their fear (Warren Buffet as economic advisor wants tax increases - ugh!). CA's population losses will continue.

9:23 AM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...

Reagan also raised taxes (ugh!). What for Reagan were principles to guide policy have become for many Republicans dogma to confound common sense.

Schwarzenegger was a poor immigrant who turned himself into a multi-millionaire, as well as a world-class athlete (assuming body building is a sport). I credit him with being street-smart and mentally tough. He has made and will make mistakes, not the least of which have been underestimating his opponents and confusing celebrity with leadership.

We'll find out if he has the capacity to learn from his mistakes.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous pete said...

I have always liked Arnold for his proof that you can make it in America if you work hard, and I admittedly like sci-fi action movies. That said, he is human, therefore at risk to be disappointing in his political direction after achieving fame.

I agree with "confusing celebrity with leadership". A common ailment among the elite in southern California, although for most of them, it is "confusing celebrity with intelligence!"

5:26 AM  

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