Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Hasta La Vista, Baby

All 4 of Arnold’s propositions were rejected by the California voters last night. All 4. Maybe Schwarzennegger’s going to have to work with the legislature like most governors in their states do – instead of grandstanding and calling them names, like Girly Men. Well who’s the Girly Man now, Arnold?

Arnold had a big old bag of Republican tricks, too. He tried to call Nurses, Policemen and Firefighters Special Interests. Like his corporate sponsors, who were his big contributors, weren’t. He actually told a crowd of supporters that he enjoyed kicking the Nurses' butts.
Hello? Who's got a big old footprint on his behind?

He’d hold these phony town hall meetings that were more like autograph signing sessions where only Arnold groupies and the major media were allowed in. God forbid you showed up with a dissenting point of view. Security people would swoop down and haul your ass out of there faster than you could say Gestapo. But that didn't stop the nurses, cops and firefighters - even Warren Beatty from dogging his heels and holding him accountable.

His special election cost the state 50 million dollars – money we could ill afford - because his ideas were so important they couldn’t wait until the 2006 election. Well, apparently the voter’s didn’t think so…

Arnold’s a lot like Bush. Neither one really likes to govern. They like to travel around, hog the spotlight and act like they’re real tough.
Yeah, bring it on.
The fact is, they're both a couple of bad actors. And people want more substance. They want their elected officials to actually do something. Like make life better, safer. They don’t want recycled movie lines from really stupid films…and when there’s a terrible hurricane that takes out a major US city, they don’t want their president remaining on vacation like its no big whup.

I sense a change in the wind. Americans everywhere are getting savvy to the BS.

Democrat Tim Kaine in Virginia won despite the local Republican’s dirty trick of splicing his comments out of context and putting together a phony telephone campaign message. Despite a negative campaign commercial that said he would have refused to execute Adolf Hitler (???). And despite some last minute campaigning by Bush for his opponent. Ooh that’s got to sting…

Democrat Jon Corzine won big (10 points ahead) of his mudslinging opponent Doug Forrester who had the temerity to quote Corzine’s ex-wife in a campaign commercial.

Maine voted to preserve the state's new gay-rights law.

Randy Kelly, the St. Paul, Minnesota Mayor who supported Bush last year was defeated by Democrat Chris Coleman by a margin of 69% to 31%. Ouch!

And in a recent poll, 4 out 5 Americans said what Scooter Libby did was indeed a big deal.

Now let’s carry this momentum into 2006…


Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Good post, nice to be kept informed about what's going on in CA.

7:43 AM, November 09, 2005  
Blogger Jessica said...

Don't forget us evil teachers!

8:07 AM, November 09, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

I heard a bit of Arnie's 'concession' speech on NPR this morning. Thanking everyone for participating. At least he's a bit more savvy about the right reaction to getting his ass handed to him than our feerless leeder.

The gay marraige resolution passed in Texas. So at least THAT part of the country is free from Sodomites.


9:00 AM, November 09, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

Hey Jessica,
My husband's also a teacher and it sure was sweet to defeat Prop 74. Why does government always want to blame the teachers? When are teachers going to be truly valued and paid what they deserve?

9:36 AM, November 09, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Arnold has been quoted as saying he could "sell" anything and maybe he handn't worked hard to "sell" these ideas. The change in the wind is true, and the American People are finally tired of being sold endless big shiny boxes of emptiness. There's a great Churchill quote that goes something to the effect of "The American People will always do the right thing, when every other alternative is exhauted." I think we're all exhausted.

11:00 AM, November 09, 2005  
Blogger SFChick74 said...

Arnold committed political suicide when he took on the firefighters, police, and teachers. He might as well have kicked some puppies on camera.

6:26 PM, November 09, 2005  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Encouraging, but not enough. I think we need to be proactive and start working on 2006 now.

6:31 PM, November 09, 2005  
Blogger steff81 said...

Prop. 2 passed in Texas.

8:39 PM, November 09, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

sfchick: yes, part of the great "Bush-like" hubris of -"whatever I think of today - I'm always right." Arnold was doing the same thing. Being slammed to the mat by the same population that ushered him to victory must be quite a wake-up call. You can't just sell the voters crap ideas like bad cars in a used car lot anymore.

10:10 PM, November 09, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

You can't just sell the voters crap ideas like bad cars in a used car lot anymore.

I'm going to wait until 2006 to make that call. The American voter is notoriously susceptible to manipulation. No one since the southern secessionists have harnessed the power of mass manipulation like these republicans.

1:14 AM, November 13, 2005  

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