Sunday, February 26, 2006

Arnold skittish about Bush

Schwarzenegger was on Meet the Press today. He can certainly churn out the politician-speak with the best of them. I wonder if they give him actual scripts. The two items that appeared to have a fraction of candor were his lack of denials in these two questions.
MR. RUSSERT: But if war is an issue in this year, 2006, you’re up for re-election in November. Are you concerned you could get swept up in an anti-Republican tide?
GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER: Yes, you know, that’s always a concern.
MR. RUSSERT: Will you run as a Bush Republican?
GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER: I will run as an Arnold Republican, which is that I am there to govern and to serve the people of California, meaning Democrats and Republicans. Even though there are some on the right wing that are not happy about that, that think I should only govern for Republicans, but that’s not what I promised the people of California.
Clearly, he's skipping past the opportunity to (a) deny that things could get so bad this year that the election could be an anti-Republican rout, and (b) pledge his love for Bush again.

This isn't evidence of anything much. It's just that they're clearly talking about it. The lack of support for Bush so early in the year is significant, even though Arnold has decided to wear a democrat's cloak ever since his political fortunes have radically dimmed in California. According to the normal schedule, they shouldn't be ignoring Bush until after the election.

Update: Infinitely more convincing than what I note with Arnold here is Froomkin's categorization of multiple lame-duck stories about Bush.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to read some deeper meaning into this for national politics, but I'm not sure that we can. Arnold has to placate Democrats in California to avoid being cut off at the knees. Once we start hearing politicians in Kentucky and Utah distancing themselves, then I'll be happy.

Monday, 27 February, 2006  
Blogger travis said...

me, too. I completely agree that any Republican in California has to appear more centrist, and so this is not a national story yet.

however, note that the California Republican party is known for its piranha-like attacks on any deviation from the party line. Arnold is entirely aware of this, yet he did not hesitate to throw Bush out the lifeboat.

in other words: datum, not data, not a trend.

Monday, 27 February, 2006  

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