Since the story never really changes from year to year, it's all about the spin. Via The Roundup, what's in a name [of an article] really can make a difference:
Republicans could not have been happy with the Associated Press headline on the budget story: "Democratic budget nearly mirrors governor's plan, still no Republican support." Of course, some papers put this headline on the exact same story: "Calif. lawmakers fail to pass budget again." We're guessing that one's more to the governor's liking.Non-wire stories's substance backs up the former headline as well:
Contra Costa Times/Mercury News reporter Kate Folmar writes: "Republicans blocked passage Wednesday of a $116.6 billion budget that is strikingly similar to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's spending plan, thus thwarting an effort to pass an on-time budget for the first time since 1986."Wouldn't it be nice if that image had legs? Instead I'm betting most Californians will be left with a picture of drunk, smoking legislators with their feet up, blithely authoring tax bills and cutting checks to Richie Ross. In reality, Dean Florez was right (there's a sign of the coming apocolypse) when he took Schwarzenegger to task for hanging out in Bakersfield pitching his representative-government-ruining special election instead of sticking around the Capitol to, you know, like, do his job and stuff.
Meanwhile - also via our boys in the capitol basement - the L.A. Daily News reports on machine-like GOP GOTV efforts taking shape across the state as the party hires professionals to staff major counties. Had hired, actually. Had hired them for Schwarzenegger's '06 campaign (oh wait, we don't know if he's actually running do we? yeah yeah, whatever) - but will just repurpose them for this election instead. Their plan isn't novel: GOTV strategies are GOTV strategies - it just depends on who's executing them and how willing people are to bite. Strong air cover will help: with Schwarzenegger on TV every 60 seconds or so, that GOPer knocking on your door won't seem so odd.