Skip to comments.Schwarzenegger Tries New Script - California Governor Reaches Out to Democrats, Independents
Posted on 05/29/2006 10:02:56 AM PDT by calcowgirl
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is attempting a political comeback as he faces reelection this year, courting Democrats and independent voters by distancing himself from President Bush and pushing an expensive bond proposal to rebuild California's levees, schools and highways.
Schwarzenegger, one of the nation's most prominent Republicans, has criticized Bush's plan to dispatch the National Guard to the Mexican border. He has appointed Democrats to key state jobs. In recent weeks, he helped engineer a bipartisan compromise to get the $37 billion bond proposal on the November ballot, traveling the state with Democratic legislative leaders to promote it. And he has embraced other causes popular with California's Democratic voters, including an increase in the minimum wage and a cap on greenhouse gases.
Last November, Schwarzenegger's fortunes looked grim. California's voters handed him a stunning loss in a special election that would have changed several state laws and given him more political power.
That election night, Schwarzenegger vowed to change and to show voters that "I am not to the right or left, that I just see things best for California."
Since then he has courted the public-service unions that exert enormous influence on California politics and that had spent millions to try to defeat his plans. Schwarzenegger has tried to smooth relations with the California Nurses Association, whose demonstrators dogged him at public appearances last year, by dropping his quest to overturn state nurse-patient ratios.
Buoyed by an additional $5 billion in tax revenue, he has pledged to increase education spending by billions of dollars, hoping to patch strained ties with the California Teachers Association. And he has put off a significant overhaul of California's troubled prison system, leading the California Correctional Peace Officers Association to delay plans to open a $10 million war chest for attack ads against him.
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Long story short...he's a Democrat.
Schwarzenegger is in over his head. Return to movies, Arnold. Take on The Rock in Terminator 4 or something.
Well, considering the demographics of CA, that's they only way he can get reelected, especially after his conservative special election propositions got defeated.
CALIFORNIA VOTER AND PARTY PROFILES
"The Democratic Party currently has an advantage of 1.4 million voters over the Republican Party (7.1 million to 5.7 million) or 9 percentage points (43% to 34%), according to the Secretary of State.
Among those most likely to vote in this years elections, Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 7-point margin (44% to 37%), while 15 percent of likely voters are registered as independents.
... the fact that independents are more likely to lean toward Democrats than Republicans (42% to 28%) tends to work to the disadvantage of the GOP in statewide elections."
"I think it's really important to recognize that the staff that he surrounded himself with [before the special election] is completely gone," Nuñez said. "I think that his new staff and his new advisers are looking down the road at the next election and how they can position themselves to win this horse race."
The democrats can't lose--all three contenders in the race are liberals.
Perhaps you should learn more about his Dem opponents and compare Arnold's positions to theirs.
Here is where Arnold's opponents, the Dems stand on issues.
Remember it's Arnold or them.
"Westly and Angelides were twins on the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill (yes), fully funding education (yes), affordable housing (of course), health care (yes), same-sex marriage (yes), and signing a bill to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants (yes)"
In the Stand spot, Westly says, Im Steve Westly before I ask for your vote, I owe it to you to tell you where I stand. Im strongly pro-choice and I believe protecting our environment is fundamental. As governor, Ill make education my top priority. Then the announcer adds, Steve Westly. Require big corporations to provide adequate health insurance, expand the Healthy Families Program, incentives for hybrid vehicles and solar energy, stop any new offshore drilling.
Angelides calls himself a champion of "progressive values." As state treasurer, he has pushed public pension funds to dump tobacco stocks, invest in urban renewal projects and pressure corporations into cleaning up the environment. A close ally of labor, he also supports abortion rights, gay marriage, gun control and driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.
If he makes it into a general-election race, his call for increasing taxes could pose problems; Schwarzenegger has been steadfast in opposing higher taxes.
In the meantime, Arnold:
"They're focused on the Capitol's perpetual war between business and the big four Democratic Party subfactions: labor unions, personal injury lawyers, environmentalists and consumer protection advocates.
The past two years have been bleak ones for the Big 4 because Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has aligned himself with the California Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, rejecting nearly all of the measures they had dubbed "job killers." Schwarzenegger and business, moreover, bulldozed the Legislature into approving an overhaul of worker's compensation that authorities say is reducing employers' costs by $15 billion a year. It was the most significant advance either side had made in the war in many years and one that Democrats and their allies now want to undo. "
Arnold also vetoed the homsexual marriage bill, which Anglides and Westly are on record of supporting.
Arnold made the legislature rescind the drivers licenses for illegals bill, then when they put it on his desk again, he vetoed it. Angelides and Westly are on the record FOR the bill.
Arnold categorically refused to raise taxes, despite Dem pressure and his Dem opponents are proposing huge tax increases.
There are huge differences with major impacts on CA, between Arnold and the Dems.
Look! It's the Baghdad Bob of the California threads!
I guess you lose on facts and issues and the only thing left for you is to resort to personal insults. That's an admission that YOU lost the argument. Thanks for admitting it.
The same demographics existed when Ronald Reagan (R), George Deukmejian (R), and Pete Wilson (R) were elected.
Did they hire all democrats, go on borrowing sprees, make record increases in spending, and join the Greens in promoting envirowackoism?
Abandoning the Republican platform is not the way to win, unless you become a member of the Democratic Party.
Please quit spamming this on every thread.
I am not spamming. People keep trying to spread misconceptions, and I am CORRECTING them.
What IS spamming is when people keep posting "Arnold is a Democrat", with NOTHING to back up their assertions.
Funny, you don't seem to have a problem with that.
I didn't lose anything, toots.
You're a die-hard GOP groupie who believe that we must support Republicans regardless if they're more liberal than Dems. You don't care that your support is counterproductive or flawed, so therefore there's no need for me to keep correcting your spin.
Do us all a favor and leave discussion of the real issues that impact conservatives to grown-ups.
Twenty years ago the Democrats weren't as far left as they are today, rmember the "Reagan Democrats"?
Those of us who live in California and have the chance to vote MUST choose Arnold. It really will be hell-in-a-handbasket time if the Dems get total control with the Governorship as well as the legislature, not to mention the union bosses and the illegals. I was talking to a very liberal friend who preferred a particular Dem and who hated the thought of Arnold staying in the Governor's chair. If he irritated her, he's the best choice.
Please explain to me how it helps the conservative cause to elect a leftist Dem as Governor of CA -- almost every other statewide office is already in Dem hands, including having an overwhelmingly Dem Legislature.
How does that help conservatives? I can hardly wait for your erudite response.
Arnold is a joke- he'll espouse whatever position he thinks will keep his sorry butt in Sacramento. He should be ashamed of himself.
Oh brother. Are you still chanting that mantra? Let's all re-register. There's no point in being Republican anymore.
This is only news to the WaPo.
Susan Kennedy, Arnold's chief of staff for the last five months or so is a lifelong liberal Democrat.
Arnie - like many in the GOP - don't seem to know there is a difference.
Hmmm ... Ever wonder if your wife thought the same thing, to herself, when she said yes after you proposed?
Since Arnold is going to win the nomination anyway, I'm voting for Newman in the primary.
Had you guys not went ahead with that stupid recall campaign, Davis would have crashed and burned and a genuine conservative would have risen from the ashes and implemented real reforms.
The state needs long-term, fiscally and socially conservative solutions instead of the band-aids the Governator has frequently used.
Uh, FairOpinion is a woman...
Arnold put the very conservative special election propositions on the ballot, taking on the Dems and the unions, trying to control spending, and what did conservatives do? Stayed home, or even voted WITH the Dems, against Arnold's propositions. And now they are running around blaming Arnold.
"Had you guys not went ahead with that stupid recall campaign, Davis would have crashed and burned and a genuine conservative would have risen from the ashes and implemented real reforms. "
Sure, and if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
ROFL! That's a keeper! lol.
Just put your wet finger in the air & move accordingly, but Arnie, don't call yourself a conservative.
There you go again, trying to have a discussion about my gender. I have not disclosed it, ever, and you are presenting your guess, as if it was based on some actual knowledge.
You have no way of knowing and I am not disclosing it.
People should comment on my posts, not on who or what they think I might be.
Excuse me .. this isn't a new track - this is the same old track. When is he going to get around to leaning MY DIRECTION! I will only be voting for him for one reason - the dem candidates are worse .. but I'm not voting for him because I necessarily support him.
I didn't vote for him to begin with.
Ah yes, sarcasm.
Have fun living under Schwarzenegger's half-assed "reforms" while simultaneously being a tool for the Dems.
I remember a while ago when it was mentioned and I was correcting the other FReeper who thought you were a guy.
I didn't mean to offend you and from here on out I won't bring it up.
If Stalin had an R after his name he's vote for him.
Arnie either gets liberal socialists to vote for him or he's gone.
Nice summary. I'd much rather have Arnold with a sidekick like Tom McClintock then either Angelides or Westly.
The article was a two pager that mentioned many more of his Democrat (and ex-Democrat) appointees. The list is long. From article (paraphrased):
Susan Kennedy, a Democrat and abortion-rights advocate who served as chief of staff for former governor Gray Davis (D). (replaced Patricia Clarey, veteran Republican)The article does not mention those rabid democrats he has had at his side from day one, such as Bonnie Reiss and Terry Tamminen. Or Patrick Henning (labor leader). The list goes on.
Linda Adams, a longtime Democratic aide, named to head the state's Environmental Protection Agency. Adams's most recently was Steve Westly's chief of staff.
Matthew Dowd recruited to run his reelection campaign. Former Democratic strategist who was instrumental in sending two Democrats from California to the Senate in 1992.
Joe Nuñez, Democrat, appointed by Schwarzenegger to the state Board of Education. Nuñez. Vocal supporter of Angelides, jokingly refers to himself as "the enemy within."
Barely more than half of Schwarzenegger's appointments to jobs, commissions and boards have been Republicans.
The majority of his appointees to the state's Air Resources Board, one of the most powerful anti-pollution bodies in the country, are Democrats.
Almost half of his judicial appointees are Democrats or independents.
We get a Lost Angeles TV station here and with it the ads for people running.... it's scary, but Arnold is the best of California's choices.
"voted WITH the Dems, against Arnold's propositions"
You're damn right I did, they were worse than doing nothing.
A voice of reason in a sea of Mopey DICCS
Democrats in Conservative Clothing
Twenty years ago the Republican Party leadership wasn't infiltrated and infested by a bunch of spineless wimps who think the only way to beat a Democrat is to BE one! Perhaps if they quit running from the platform, and embraced it, then we could start winning based on real ideas and make some progress. Instead, we sink deeper into the abyss as our supposed "Republican" officials push us further and further to the left.
I haven't decided yet. I'm leaning toward the Switchman. :-)
They weren't conservative at all, FO. And you know it. His own Finance chief said they wouldn't control spending. In fact, with all of this "new unexpected revenue", do you know what his proposition would have done? It would have just about guaranteed that we spend even MORE in the future.
No we don't have to choose Arnold. There are several other republicans running in the primary, vote for one of them! I did. Get rid of this left leaning wind bag who can only talk big and not actually do anything or stand by his principles. I am tired of republicans caving in with the excuse about "being better than a democrat" when there really is no difference in a RINO and a Dem. As for the idiotic statement in the article that independents will go for dems, I don't believe it since a good number of them are libertarians.
Except Pat Brown did it without indebting the state to enormous amounts of money until kingdom come. Schwarzenegger wants to do it by big-time BORROWING and selling off state interests to public-private partnerships.
LOL! Just because you'd rather stay blind to reality doesn't mean there is "NOTHING to back up" my assertions. To wit:
distanced himself from President Bush
criticized Bush's plan to dispatch the National Guard to the Mexican border
appointed Democrats to key state jobs
helped engineer a bipartisan compromise to get the $37 billion bond proposal on the November ballot
embraced...an increase in the minimum wage
embraced...a cap on greenhouse gases
pledged to increase education spending by billions of dollars
put off a significant overhaul of California's troubled prison system
replaced his chief of staff, Patricia Clarey, a veteran Republican, with Susan Kennedy, a Democrat and abortion-rights advocate who served as chief of staff for former governor Gray Davis
named Linda Adams, a longtime Democratic aide, to head the state's Environmental Protection Agency
And those are just from this article. Did you even bother to read it before ignorantly claiming that I don't have the facts on my side?
This graphic never gets old!
Courtesy of Strange Cosmos
Courtesy of Strange Cosmos
Of course he/she/it* didn't read the article. Adding to your list, see Post #36, also from the article.
*FO, since you won't acknowledge your sex, how should we refer to you?
Another good one is the Vodka Bottle - "Absolut Liberal".
I wish I had bookmarked it.
I am disappointed in the direction the Governor has taken on environmental regulation. Resource users are under attack in my county by regulators forcing impossible demands under the California Endangered Species Act, Porter Colgne Water Quality Act, Air Quality, and new fire regulations.
The latest is the State Water Resources Control Board eleventh hour attempt, at the urging of a faction of radical and extreme environmentalists, to seize pre and post-1914 adjudicated water use rights for flows for salmon. This is not even supported by the recommendations and scientific review (CEQA) for the TMDL by the regional Board. It is also an out and out taking of private property for public use without just compensation. In addition, the adjudication clearly places jurisdiction with the Superior Court.
Things are far worse than they ever were under Davis. The Governor has failed to appoint rational Republicans to Agencies and Boards and insists on appointing extreme environmentalists. I don't know if it is intentional, but what they will end up accomplishing is the subdivision and development of thousands of acres of productive farmland from folks who can not possibly comply with their demands. Heck, our County can't even comply - we haven't the resources.
Unfortunately, the Democratic candidates seem even more rabidly environmental than the Governor. The Gov. has some stands that are closer to the Conservative - worker's comp reform, holding the line on taxes, and I will likely vote for him. I just wish he understood what his environmental policies were doing to rural California and the harm to the people and their small communities that he is causing through them.