Friday, March 18, 2005

Playing Catch-Up

Via The Roundup, a smart Skelton piece that takes Schwarzenegger to task for denying that he's a politician. Skelton quotes Phoblog's favorite Voice of Reason:

Jack Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College, says Schwarzenegger probably considers himself an outsider because "he has a life outside politics." But, the professor adds, "He's a politician by definition…. When you're in government and you maneuver to get your way, you're a politician. And in that sense, one has to be a politician to be an effective governor."
Skelton says Schwarzenegger's biggest challenge is to be a good politcian not "just another politics-bashing demagogue."

Amen to that. Big pet-peeve of ours. To wit: failed LA Mayoral candidate Steve Soboroff's campaign signs that said "A Problem Solver . . . Not A Politician." I'm sorry, but if you have campaign signs and you're name is on a ballot - guess what . . . .

In other news, there's a renewed effort to nix the state law making the Lieutenant Governor the acting governor whenever the actual governor is outside state lines. To my knowledge, this really hasn't been a problem. Sure, there are threats all the time, but Cruz hasn't really signed anything or vetoed anything on his (frequent) watches. It may be an antiquated law, but who is it hurting? Twenty-nine states allow their Governor's to carry their powers with them on vacation. That means the rest don't. And all the states continue to function properly, so really, who cares?

Arnold's hatchet team, The Citizens to Save California, announced their complex list of endorsed ballot proposals. Good luck figuring out that structure. And good luck figuring out what you're signing in front of your local WalMart. Phoblog's advice - stick up for representative democracy and tell petition circulators to stick it (politely, of course). It seems Tony Quinn has issues with the special election too.

And, of course, the real winners in this tug-of-war are political law firms. It'll be a litigatory free-for-all. Lance Olson has fired one of the first shots over the proponent's campaign committee finance structure. Hooray for camapign finance rules: so incomprehensible, such moving targets, so quick to ignore practicality, political reality, and reason - yet, such great fodder for columnists and academics.

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