Wow! Not one lawmaker in California understands how they have contributed to the mess they are in? It’s just unbelievable. Really.
Oh, they understand - they just can't afford to be honest with their voters. They'll keep blaming Republicans/racists/homophobes/polluters/Big Oil until there is no one left to blame.
Arnold's trouble has been that he doesn't understand that his job is to be the clear voice that focuses public criticism and anger upon the inept and corrupt state legislature. He doesn't want to do that because his career in Hollywood has trained him to try to please everybody. Star power isn't enough if you aren't willing to crack some heads when necessary, as Ronald Reagan used to do. Arnold's nice-guy routine has ultimately made him a bigger failure than Gray Davis.
They’ll blame the collapse on a failure of uncontrolled capitalism.