Gov. Schwarzenegger gets comeuppance

Gov Schwarzenegger had the right idea when he tried to create reform in Sacramento, but trying to translate his on-camera appeal into political capital was a bit naive. The initiative process can be used to side-step the Assembly when it needs to be side-stepped, but if the initiatives are totally lame-o and obvious Republican oriented power grabs, the voters, lacking the time for adequate understanding of the initiatives on the ballot, and used to being lied to in commercials both for and against said initiatives, will almost always settle for the status quo and vote no.

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By Joseph Kunkle

By Joseph Kunkle

Gov Schwarzenegger had the right idea when he tried to create reform in Sacramento, but trying to translate his on-camera appeal into political capital was a bit naive. The initiative process can be used to side-step the Assembly when it needs to be side-stepped, but if the initiatives are totally lame-o and obvious Republican oriented power grabs, the voters, lacking the time for adequate understanding of the initiatives on the ballot, and used to being lied to in commercials both for and against said initiatives, will almost always settle for the status quo and vote no. That is, the voters who don’t have brains that are made of cheese. The presidential election in 2004 indicated that many nationwide voters have this cheesehead problem, but California voters need to be a little more on the ball than voters from, say, Texas.

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