Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What comes around goes around...

From the LA Times:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't exactly the most-liked man in Sacramento.

The governor is now just as unpopular as Gray Davis was when Californian voters recalled him and crowned Schwarzenegger.

This makes me happy; I lived in California for the first time under the Davis administration, and despite the rolling blackouts / electricity crisis (which had more to do with the scumbags at Enron and the dysfunctional legislature than any administrative mishandling on part of the governor's office), he was a pretty good governor. Schwarzenegger rode into office on a wave of misinformed ire leveled at Gray Davis and a lot of celebrity power. With an approval rate of 22%, the experiment of electing a man who made two terrible movies with Danny DeVito (seriously?) seems to be a failure.

Anti-incumbency is all the rage right now, which seems to be fueling a lot of this, and in fairness, Schwarzenegger shouldn't shoulder all the blame (or even most of it, really) for the state of the state. Until we scrap things like Prop 13 and the 2/3 majority needed to raise taxes, well... I can't imagine a job I'd want less than governor of California. At the end of the day, the buck stops at the top, and the Schwarzenegger story seems to be coming to a rather weak final act.