Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Stunner From Sacramento

Found this at PrestoPundit: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s next chief of staff will be Susan Kennedy. Who is she?

She managed two of the most successful Get-Out-The-Vote campaigns in recent California history, including the 1992 Coordinated Campaign for Clinton/Gore and the 1998 Coordinated Campaign that elected Governor Gray Davis.
She’s a Democrat, that’s who. I don’t mind that she is pro-choice, but couldn’t Arnold find a pro-choice Republican? This move seems like a capitulation of any free market, small government principle the Governor might have held, however tenuously.

PrestoPundit goes on to write:

I’ve come to regret my vote in the recall election. Tom McClintock would have made a much better governor for the state of California. Schwarzenegger is simply in over his head. He’s failing us and he doesn’t even know it.
I, too voted for Arnold. I thought his admiration of Milton Friedman might give him the spine to fight for smaller government. Disappointed by a Republican again! Arnold’s reaction to the recent defeat of four propositions he supported seems to be, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” No question, McClintock would have made a better Governor. He understands economics. He would have outraged Democrats with his in-your-face style; that is exactly what we need. If you try to get along with socialists, you end up with socialism.

Of course, the argument against McClintock was that he was unelectable. A vote for him would have been a wasted vote; splitting the Republican vote would have let the Democrat win. Well, would things be that much worse with a Democrat Governor? I suspect Cruz Bustamante would have had a Democrat chief of staff, just like Arnold. Democrats don't hire Republicans; they take politics seriously. Government will continue to grow, but come the next crisis the Democrats will evade the blame because the Governor of California is a Republican.

I wonder if Hugh Hewitt regrets shouting on his radio show for McClintock to “Get out! Now!”

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