"The grassroots would not go along with backing away" from the special election,'' said Tom Del Beccaro, president of the California Republican Party County Chairs Association, Saturday. "Disappointing would be a mild word. Their hearts in this, and they want it. They've been fired up all year. And they're ready, and we've been organizing ... the people are going to press ahead. For them, there's no turning back.''Things do look fairly bad for the administration right now. I would only urge Dems to proceed deliberatively with any strategy they (we) pursue. Arnold ignored the "Caution, Hubris-Illustrating Situation Ahead" signs. We'd be wise to heed them and act accordingly.
But Duf Sunheim, the California GOP chair, signaled Republicans must get behind Schwarzenegger whatever happens.
"Are there going to be disappointments? Yes,'' he said. "To me, it honestly is irrelevant'' (whether voters decide on these measures in November or next June. It's his call. He's our leader, and if he thinks it's best to do it in November, we're there. Whenever it happens ... we're not giving up our goal of reforming the system.'' . . .
[Barbara O'Connor, professor of political communication at California State University, Sacramento, says ] "I think it would behoove the governor to gracefully fold his tent and say 'rational minds are prevailing' and the election is going down in flames. People forgive much better when a politician acknowledges he made a mistake.''
Sunday, July 24, 2005
More On the Fall Of the Fall Election
From the Chron's Carla Marinucci another look at what Schwarzenegger is up against and how the various factions view his options: