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A California note

That Warren Buffett, a Democrat who is much respected and admired, has signed on to the Schwarzenegger campaign is another indication that Arnold is both serious and clever. I continue to think that his political acumen is being underestimated, and this is entirely to his advantege. Please note that the media is entirely devoted to trying to make him look as if he has no "policy options" to offer. The media, in leaning left, always thinks that politics is "policy." This is only true if you accept that New Deal-Great Society understanding of politics, as they do. Unfortunately, most of the time politics is about policy, but not when politics really matters. Not when there are fundamental issues of trust or character at stake. And this is what is happening in California. Although Arnold will, no doubt, have some things to say on policy matters, the enthusiasm for him, and his probable victory, will have to do with the fact that he is an outsider who might be trusted. And that’s all there is to it. This is a not-so-small revolution in California politics that is likely to have a longer range effect than merely the overthrow of a governor who has lost all authority. I do not believe that Clinton’s attempt to advise Davis on how to win the recall vote will prove to be of any value to a governor who is already not trusted; despite what the press says, Clinton is neither respected or admired. Davis has made the exact opposite of the choices Arnold has made. Besides, I believe that Clinton’s involvement in the Davis effort is more about Hillary and Bill (that is, her presidential prospects in either 2008 or 2004) than it is about Davis. This is all worth watching. But also note that the venerable John Fund argues that Bustamante should be not counted out; he thinks it is possible for him to win the election. I disagree.

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I live in Omaha and California can have Warren.

"This is a not-so-small revolution in California politics that is likely to have a longer range effect than merely the overthrow of a governor who has lost all authority."

A "not-so-small revolution" requires "big new ideas", and not just "more of the same on steroids"! "Conan, the Barbarian" is a "New Deal Republican". THe Candidate with the "new ideas" is Sen. Tom McClintook. At least he understands "Supply-side" as something other than "Voodoo Economics"!

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