Repugnican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, shown above in Southern California earlier this month, is at least as shitty a governor as he claimed in 2003 Democrat Gray Davis was.
I remember the California gubernatorial recall election of 2003.
Democratic Gov. Gray Davis had won re-election in 2002, but due to his waning popularity, he won re-election by only 47.4 percent of the vote to his bumbling Repugnican opponent’s (Bill Simon’s) 42.4 percent. That 5-percent victory was a weak result for the incumbent governor.
Smelling Davis’ blood in the water, the Repugnicans and other assorted wingnuts decided to launch a recall election against Davis. The Repugnicans essentially wanted a do-over election in which this time they would front a stronger candidate — Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Bedazzled by Schwarzenegger’s star status, stupid Californians fell for Schwarzenegger’s and the Repugnicans’/wingnuts’ campaign to falsely pin California’s woes on Davis when, in fact, the state’s energy crisis of 2000 and 2001 was caused by the fraudulent, price-gauging energy corporation Enron, which was headed by buddy of George W. Bush Ken Lay (whom Bush had lovingly nicknamed “Kenny Boy”), with whom Schwarzenegger had had a meeting in 2001.
On May 24, 2001, future Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan met with Enron CEO Ken Lay at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills at a meeting convened for Enron to present its “Comprehensive Solution for California,” which called for an end to federal and state investigations into Enron’s role in the California energy crisis.
[On] October 7, 2003, Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California to replace Davis.
So Schwarzenegger meets with Enron CEO Ken Lay in 2001 — when Schwarzenegger holds no public office at all, but still is just a rather washed-up Hollywood action movie star — and then the Repugnicans blame Davis for the energy crisis that Lay’s corporation created and they gather enough signatures for a gubernatorial recall election.
Then Schwarzenegger wins that recall election in 2003.
All just coinky-dink, I’m sure; surely nothing was orchestrated behind the scenes.
Schwarzenegger could not have been involved in a plot to first cripple the state and then to seize power in the aftermath of that crippling. Reichstag fire, anyone?
The circus-like gubernatorial recall election of 2003 was way too short and Schwarzenegger avoided going into any details of how he would govern the state. He spoke only in vague generalities and he avoided any serious television journalists, instead opting to appear on entertainment shows (go with what you know, I suppose).
I remember Schwarzenegger’s retarded, annoying line that he repeated over and over again during his recall election “campaign”: Gray Davis, the Austrian-born Schwarzenegger stated repeatedly in his Nazi-like* accent, as governor of the state had “fiddled, fumbled and failed.” (Isn’t that clever? Three words that start with “f” in a row!**)
But now, California is no better under Schwarzenegger’s leadership than it was under Davis’. Though Schwarzenegger has had more than five years in which to govern, the state still faces a budget deficit of at least $15 billion.
Of course, Schwarzenegger & Co. are blaming the national economic crisis for California’s budgetary crisis. They’re not even mentioning that it is the national economic crisis that the unelected Bush regime brought us over the course of its eight-year reign that has crippled California.
No, it’s as though the national economic crisis were an autonomous natural disaster, like an earthquake or a tornado, not as though it was created by the Repugnicans, just as the Repugnicans had created the California energy crisis of 2000 and 2001 through their greedy, criminal behavior.
In 2003, California’s economic woes were because of BushCheneyCorp (of which Enron, like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton, was a subsidiary). But Team Schwarzenegger and the Repugnicans and wingnuts successfully pinned the blame on to Gray Davis, who, although he certainly lacked charisma (he is about as charismatic as is gray, his namesake), was not the source of the state’s problems.
Now, California finds itself in worse shape than it was in 2003 because of the incredible stupidity of those easily duped California voters who thought that it sure would rock to have Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor.
The stupidity of the California voters in 2003 was reminiscent to me of the stupidity of the American voters in late 2000: So what if Team Bush was stealing the White House? The election was close enough, right? What bad things possibly could happen by allowing a group of thieves to steal the White House?
Will the voters ever learn? Will they ever learn that the Repugnicans are nothing but wolves in sheep’s clothing?
Here in the United States of Amnesia, they can’t even recall what happened just a few months ago.
I expect even more George W. Bushes and Arnold Schwarzeneggers to make their way into office because too many people are too fucking stupid.
*Lest you think that I’m taking the Hitler/Nazi-Schwarzenegger comparison too far, it was in the 1977 documentary “Pumping Iron” that a younger Schwarzenegger stated, “I was always dreaming about very powerful people, dictators and things like that. I was just always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years, or, you know, even like Jesus, being for thousands of years remembered, you know.”
“Pumping Iron” director and producer George Butler stated in 2003 that during an interview Schwarzenegger said this, which didn’t make it into the documentary: “I admire him [Hitler] for being such a good public speaker and for his way of getting to the people and so on. But I didn’t admire him for what he did with it [“it” meaning Hitler’s power, presumably].”
CNN’s website notes that “Schwarzenegger’s father, Gustav, was a member of the Nazi Party during World War II.”
**Apparently it was former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan who first used the three “f’s” when he was running for the 2002 Repugnican spot on the gubernatorial ballot that Bill Simon won. Riordan stated during a 2002 debate with Simon and another fellow Repugnican opponent, “In short, Gov. Davis has fumbled, fiddled and failed our state.”
Apparently Riordan and Schwarzenegger have been tight, since both of them met with Ken Lay in 2001 and since Schwarzenegger went on to use Riordan’s three “f’s” in his 2003 recall election “campaign.”