Arnold Schwarzenegger For Governor
It's over. Arnold won. Here are the results of the recall and the election.
So, despite all the claims that someone would win with a small percentage of the vote, and that the people who vote no on the recall would outweigh the people who vote for the successor to governor, none of that happened.
Arnold not only got more votes than Gray Davis did when he was elected
(3,653,386 to 3,469,025) but he also got a higher percentage of the vote (48.5 to 47.4). He also got more votes than no on recall (3,653,386 to 3,520,933). And that is all despite his fellow Republican McClintock carrying 1,004,030 votes. Between the two, the Republicans received more than 60% of the vote.
So, despite the doomsday theories of many opponents of the recall, democracy has not been destroyed. California didn't break off into the Pacific. We will all live to see another day.
Odds are there won't be endless recalls coming our way, as Gray Davis himself has discouraged the idea.
"'I am calling on everyone in this state to put the chaos and the division of the recall behind us and do what's right for this great state of California,' he said in his concession speech."
I think that's a nice little way to end your reign as Governor.
On a side note, Propositions 53 and 54 both failed. Not many people seemed to care much about 53. I personally supported 54 despite Arnold's opposition, but it failed and that's that.
Probably the worst part of this whole campaign is that the Republican Party in California is gaining strength, and that there is a chance that Bush might carry the state in 2004. Of course, that still seems extremely unlikely, and I myself am not going to worry about it.
The worst part of this whole process is that Bustamante is still in office and Lieutenant Governor, and that we now know who he is and what his policies are. Prior to the recall, I doubt many Californians knew what Bustamante stood for or how he planned to act in office, and he was only elected because he was the Democrat on the ballot. Now, we all know that he is nothing but a copy of Gray Davis with racist views. Fortunately, the office of Lieutenant Governor is practically meaningless.
OK. This is it. Today is the day. Get out and vote.
If you are planning to vote for the recall, and vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger for Governor, then congratulations on doing your part to help California recover from this terrible economic mess. If anything you have read at this website has had any influence on your decision (odds are, it hasn't), well then I'm glad to know I did some good in the world.
If you are planning to vote against the recall, well, there’s not much more I can say to you about that. It's a bad decision, and I would hope I have made it clear why. Please, before you go out and vote against the recall, at least read my original posts about Gray Davis and the reasons that this recall is truly justified.
If you are planning to vote for the recall, but for another candidate than Arnold, then I apologize for not doing enough to change your mind. I haven't been keeping up on this blog as much as I would have liked, for whatever reason. Well, here goes my last ditch effort to persuade you.
If you are one of those who believes that Arnold has no political experience, won't be able to function as Governor, or you believe that he hasn't outlined any of his plans for office, then read this.
You can't get more clear cut than that. He has a plan, and if you vote against him because you think he doesn't, you are doing yourself a disservice.
Similarly, if you say that Arnold hasn't made his views clear, they can be found here.
I don't know why I keep hearing people say Arnold hasn't made his ideas clear, when if they spent a few moments looking for them, they would have no trouble finding them.
If you're a Democrat, and you really don't like Arnold because he's a Republican, well I don't think you've been looking at the whole story. Arnold is probably the most bipartisan candidate in the whole election. If you don't believe that, read this letter from Arnold's wife, Maria Shriver.
Just read it.
If you are swayed by the ridiculous media accusations thrown at Arnold, and you haven't yet realized that Gray Davis is a trashy politician who always runs a smear campaign, then there is nothing I can do to convince you. So, I'm just going to hope you have been looking at this recall with an open mind.
If you are voting against the recall or voting for Bustamante because the recall is going to cost the state a lot of money and you don't think that should be happening, I hate to break it to you, but it's already happening and the money is already spent and making a bad vote because of that will help nobody.
I've done all I can here. The beauty of Democracy is that you get to make your own decisions. Get out there and vote, and I hope you make the right one.
Alright, the LA Times has come out with a story where several unnamed women claim that Arnold groped them some number of years ago.
I'm sure this is going to really bother a lot of people. I'm not going to put any stock in people complaining about a groping from 20 years ago days before the most important election in California's history. Seriously, this sort of thing is just ridiculous. There can't be any credibility in claims like this made at such a time.
Then there is the usual new Nazi ties claim,
which of course is going to be made into something it's not by Davis and his cronies. Of course, the same article goes on to indicate from all the sources that the quote wasn't reported accurately and the whole thing was taken out of context.
I hope these untruthful attempts to deceive the public and harm Arnold Schwarzeneggers image are ignored by the voting public. I assume they will be.