Friday, October 10, 2003

Arnold is a Republican.

After the 2000 election, the incoming Bush Administration smeared the outgoing Clinton Administration for supposed vandalism. Now, after the 2003 recall, the incoming Arnold Administration is doing the same to the outgoing Davis Administration. Remember, folks, it's not only about winning: it's about smearing your opponent at every opportunity. Governor-Elect Arnold's complaint? That Governor Davis is doing his job:

California's governor-elect, Arnold Schwarzenegger, asked Gov. Gray Davis on Thursday to suspend action on all pending bills and to stop appointing judges and members of state boards and commissions.
At a news conference in which he named the director of his transition team and bipartisan 65-member transition advisory panel, Mr. Schwarzenegger said the voters had decided Mr. Davis's fate, and he called on him to live up to his promise to cooperate fully in the transfer of power. Recently, Mr. Davis has filled scores of judgeships and other appointed positions and is acting on hundreds of bills passed in the final days of the legislative session.

The Davis Administration helpfully reminded Arnold 1) that he has to act on legislation, or else it becomes law without his signature and 2) that his puppetmaster friend, former Governor Pete Wilson, acted similarly in his final days, naming 435 appointments, among them 31 judgeships.

But who would Arnold like to appoint? Good question! Once again, when Arnold said he would take on the insiders, he meant as employees. Among his "advisors" are David Dreier, Bill Simon, Richard Riordan, Pete Wilson, James Brulte, Dave Cox, Matt Fong, Gerald Parsky, and Donna Arduin. Unfamiliar? They are, respectively, the Republican House Rules Committee Chair, a former Republican candidate for governor, another former Republican candidate for governor, a former Republican governor, the California Senate Republican Leader, the California Assembly Republican Leader, a former Republican candidate for Senate, a Republican fundraiser for Bush, and a advisor to Republican Governors Jeb Bush, George Pataki, and John Engler.

There are token Democrats, but none so luminous that they would outshine the "best and brightest" Republicans.

Link through Julia of Sisyphus Shrugged, who is also unimpressed.