September 25, 2003
Arnold Fails to Impress
I have asserted, and continue to believe, that a recall vote with Arnold Schwarzenegger winning may be worse for the Republican party than would simply leaving Davis in office. It could hardly be worse for California citizens, but it may be very little improved under Schwarzenegger.
Well, the debates last night certainly didn't impress George Neumayr of The American Prowler.
I've got nothing personal against Arnold--except maybe a few movies that I'd like refunds for--but I don't think he's the right answer for Republicans in California right now. That would be acceptable if I felt that the people of California would be markedly better off with Arnold in office than with Davis, but I don't feel that way. All else being equal, the only thing I see coming from this recall if Arnold wins is a continuation of bad economic policy and a long-term hit to the Republican party in California.
Yes, he would be more conservative in a few areas (immigration, for instance), but would there really be a large difference in the most important California issue (the economy)? I don't think so.
Of course, like Wesley Clark, it's hard to pin Arnold down on policy since he doesn't have a well-defined stand on many issues or a track record to judge. Star power only gets you so far. Sooner or later, you have to have strong will, vision, and policies to be elected and be successful.Posted by zombyboy at September 25, 2003 11:07 AM | TrackBack
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