It was no contest back in October 2003. Arnold Schwarzenegger would win California’s special recall election if voters decided that democratic Governor Gray Davis had to be booted out of office. With nearly 135 candidates, from actors to porn stars to dogs, the people knew that Schwarzenegger was in if Davis was out.
Arnold is most remembered for his roles in movies like “The Terminator,” and the famous catchphrase “I’ll be back.” But that was the old Arnold. He is now referred to as “The Governator.” Many thought it would be cool to have a famous actor as a governor, but none more than Arnold himself.
It was obvious that the actor was not used to the deep probing that the Democrats did during the election, finding several past accusations that he groped women and kept mistresses.
Yet that did not stop the actor from slinging back some weak comebacks, and a last ditcheffort of promises. Two years later, and he is still doing nothing about his promises. Even more scandals are seeping up.
Ironically, many people who voted for Arnold want to have another special election to get rid of him. Many complain about the new special election that he is holding to redraw congress boundaries, no doubt another move to make the Republicans more powerful in the state congress.
Nurses of California’s hospitals are racking up frequent flier miles to protest about nurse to patient ratios. Teachers are beginning to follow suit, complaining about his broken campaign promises to them.
I still have yet to see one campaign promises that he has kept, besides the ones to the special interest groups.
My advice to California voters is that the next time we have an election between a person with no charisma and one with no political sense, vote for the one with no charisma.