Contrast how Weiner and Schwarzenegger handled their respective scandals. Weiner started out with loud denials, (which were quickly proven to be lies) then just got in deeper and deeper.
Schwarzenegger did the opposite. He issued a quick apology then, as is the accepted wisdom in Hollywood when scandal hits, dropped off the planet. He went somewhere unspecified in southern Idaho and probably will make no public statements for several months then quietly test the waters.
Weiner should have initially said “no comment,” than waited to see what happened. His predicament was made worse by him having no friends in D.C. to defend him. DM’ing an underage girl, no matter how non-sexual the messages, was beyond stupid for a Congressman to do.
His checking into rehab and asking for a leave of absence is a polite fiction. His career is over. And his marriage may be too. His wife is a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton who considers her like a daughter and Chelsea sees her as a sister. She’ll survive no matter what happens.
“This is a corruption of the democratic process. Texas oil companies have descended upon California to overturn a California law. There is a struggle playing out right here in California that the world does not know much about. Today, Valero and Tesoro are in a conspiracy. Not in a criminal conspiracy, but a cynical one about self-serving greed. Does anyone think in their black oil company hearts that they want to create jobs?” said California Governor Schwarzenegger.
California’s Prop 23 is a genuinely sleazy attempt primarily backed by Texas oil companies to disembowel California landmark climate change bill by pretending it will hurt jobs.
California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is having a infantile temper tantrum, threatening to veto 700 unrelated bills unless his bill for new dams passes. Inquiring minds want to know why his particular interest in this bill and who benefits if it passes.
The San Francisco Chronicle put it best: “Governor, you’re making yourself look petty, petulant, even irrelevant.”
I’ve been blogging about populism lately. Here’s an opportunity for a genuine populist uprising. How about 500,000 people flood the State Capital area, block the streets, and make it impossible for Schwarzenegger and the legislators to leave until they act like adults and pass needed legislation. This could be a real hands across the waters bi-partisan event, bringing left and right together too. We could also march on the governor’s office and present him with baby’s rattle and high chair for him to bang it on.
California Chief Justice Ronald M. George says the current proposition system which allows new laws to easily be passed has “rendered our state government dysfunctional.”
In particular, one recent proposition mandated that budget matters pass by a 2/3’s majority. which is a direct cause of the ongoing budget train wrecks in California, because a small minority can block the will of the many. It’s not uncommon to have 10 such propositions on a ballot. They can be put there be a well-funded special interest group and can be weasel-worded and deliberately hard to understand.