And last night’s debate wasn’t all bad either. Here’s my personal scorecard:
Arianna Huffington: Seemed to think that she was in the Presidential
election and kept going after President Bush (who wasn’t in the debate,
for all you non-left-coasters :-). Pesky non-contender.
Peter Camejo: Will solve all the problems by taxing the rich.
Very green non-contender.
Tom McClintock: On the mark and on the money, has specific solutions
for specific ills, will act immediately. Best rational choice: California’s
broken, he can fix it.
Cruz Bustamante: Smooth, panders to special interests and proposes
to fix the problems by taxing-and-spending. Best demagogue, but small-time
Arnold Schwarzenneger: Politically glib, let us know how he "feels" about
the issues but offered no solutions. Didn’t trip over his dongle as some
opponents had expected (and hoped). May be "good enough" (if the recall
I’d pick McClintock as the best mechanic,
with the best knowledge of the intricacies of our state government and offering
the best chance of fixing dysfunctional state operations. He could win if
Schwarzenneger dropped out (fat chance).
Bustamante and Schwarzenneger both bother me but have the highest
chances of winning.
Bustamante kowtows to "immigrants" (to use his own
code word) and his special interests (Indian gaming contributed millions and
he’s appropriately appreciative), and promises to continue the Democrat’s
business-as-usual "tax-and-spend" approach which has no chance of
fixing California’s problems because that’s what got the state into the pickle
it’s in today.
As for Schwarzenneger, I’ll admit that pushing over a chimney
to get paid for rebuilding it isn’t in the same league as knocking over a
country to gain political capital, but I see a moral equivalence I don’t like.
Bottom line: the next California governor may still be a Dem.
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