How NOT to be a Manly Man (or a Governor)
In today's Sacramento Bee
, Ben Boychuk
writes a measured critique (which, in this case, means it's still stinging) of California's outgoing Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ben argues that all the makings of his failed administration could be discerned in a careful reading of Schwarzenegger's infamous "girlie men" speech. I think this is dead on. The confusion and disappointment of Republicans in California over the last several years is probably best viewed through the prism of this disaster of a speech. It is the kind of thing that Republicans on the national stage (and in each of the several states) should study, commit to heart, and avoid like the plague.
With the coming of a Jerry Brown administration that circumstances will force to be ideologically inconsistent (do take note of Boychuk's discussion of the California Air Resources Board and the recent exemptions from the horrible AB 32 they've given to the construction industry) it is amusing to note the ways in which Democrats seem to bend only when necessity demands it while Republicans often seem to bend over backwards just to bend over backwards. Girlie men, indeed.
1:39 PM / December 19, 2010