CA Says Hasta La Vista to the First, and Likely Last, Action Hero Governor
In 2005, Schwarzenegger went for broke, calling for a special election to introduce several propositions covering such sacred leftist cows as limiting teacher tenure (Proposition 74), reforming union interests in state elections (75), limiting state spending (76), and curbing the state's corrupt Democratic gerrymandered district lines (77).
Every single one of the key Schwarzenegger propositions went down in the flames -- leaving both the smoldering ruins of needed reforms and an express delivery shellacking to the governor's seemingly bountiful ego.
One can gather that the unanimous special election rebuke must have taken a toll on a man accustomed to fame and popularity. He changed. Instead of reevaluating his approach to reform California into a governable, business-friendly state, he found the "never seen a statist-environmentalist cause I didn't like" Arnold within. Instead of championing difficult yet necessary changes worth fighting for, he fell back on "solutions" to the global warming issue and right into the loving arms of the radical environmental lobby. He even turned international socialist heads in Copenhagen by calling for an Orwellian-sounding "planetary transformation." The Nobel-winning Austrian economist that Schwarzenegger claimed to admire must have been turning over in his grave.
Adding insult to injury, a toothy Austrian grin awaited Assembly Bill 32, a draconian Sacramento cap and trade scheme. He signed AB-32 in 2006 and even later pushed for a California version of ObamaCare.
In essence, he morphed from the Austrian Ghost of Reagan into a dime-a-dozen salesman and Sacramento-appeasing power player. To fully grasp this transformation, consider that those on the far left in Sacramento make congressional liberals like Barney Frank seem almost moderate in comparison.
One man has the right to toast to a case of schadenfreude. California Congressman Tom McClintock, running against Schwarzenegger in the 2003 recall, warned voters before the election that Arnold was a liberal wolf in conservative sheep's clothing. McClintock predicted that a Governor Schwarzenegger would be far and away from the second coming of Governor Ronald Reagan. (Refer to a recent McClintock interview at PJTV for more on this.)
McClintock's prophecy proved to be more true than even he most likely thought possible. To the shock and dismay of sensible government advocates around the state, Arnold Schwarzenegger's leftist metamorphosis paved the way for California's incredible decline. Like a script from the several horrible Terminator sequels, Governor Schwarzenegger started strong only to end up on DVD shortly thereafter.
In this spirit I bid the first and last action hero governor of California a solemn farewell and hope the blown-up, bankrupt, apocalyptic-flop movie set of a state that he leaves behind will only serve as an example to the nation and a warning against big-government Republicanism for years to come.
On a much-needed lighter note -- Conan the Barbarian: The Musical: