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Posted on 12/07/2005 2:12:21 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Canary is on life support
By: RAY HAYNES - Commentary
I am going to apologize in advance for the metaphors to follow, but they do make the point.
Politics is a lot like football. It is a team sport for individuals with similar goals. The team advances its agenda, sometimes in small increments, moving the ball toward victory. The only real difference between football and politics is that the players can change positions frequently.
Sometimes a politician is the quarterback; sometimes he or she is the lineman. In all cases, everyone wins if they effectively execute the play that is called in the huddle.
I know I am a lineman in the game of California politics. I'm willing to get stepped on, smashed up, or hurt for my quarterback, as long as I know he is going to advance my team down the field to victory.
I have been loyal to our governor because I have always believed that he was throwing the ball to our team. I have not always agreed with his strategy, but I have been confident we were on the same team.
This week, I lost that confidence.
I endorsed the governor in the recall because I thought, at the time that the best thing for conservatives was to win the recall. We started it back in February of 2003, and we needed to ensure we finished it by defeating Gray Davis.
Many Republicans opposed the recall because they believed that it was too risky and that it might ultimately strengthen Democrats. I was told that by prominent Republican leaders that my early support of the recall was foolish. I thought it was the right thing to do.
Arnold Schwarzenegger won, running on conservative themes of fiscal responsibility and opposing taxpayer benefits for illegal aliens. The conservatives who began the recall were vindicated.
During my time in the Legislature, I have given this governor my unqualified support because, despite our differences, I thought he would throw the ball to our team. I thought the people of California owed this governor the benefit of the doubt, because I believed he was trying to do the right thing.
Years ago, miners would take a canary into the cave with them to detect dangerous gases. If the canary dropped dead while they were working, the miners knew to get out of the mine quickly, because they were being exposed to dangerous gases.
The canary is demonstrating serious signs of distress in this administration. It may be too early to draw the ultimate conclusion from Schwarzenegger's appointment of Susan Kennedy as his chief of staff, but Kennedy was at the center of the Oracle scandal, the energy crisis, and the budget debacles of the Davis administration. She is the hazardous gas we must watch in this dangerous mine of government.
Time may ultimately prove me wrong, but I don't trust Kennedy to advance the conservative agenda, and I'm reluctant to put my faith in a quarterback who would put her in charge.
The canary is on life support. It is now time for the people of the state of California to pay attention. We can no longer take it for granted that the ball is going to be thrown to our team.
Ray Haynes represents the 66th Assembly District, including portions of Western Riverside County & Northern San Diego County.
" It is now time for the people of the state of California to pay attention. We can no longer take it for granted that the ball is going to be thrown to our team. "
I'm sure they will. Republicans failed them so what's left?
Sometimes he's just a waterboy.
Has Arnold offered a rational explanation for this choice? It just seems bizarre, even for California.