Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Chermerinsky an idiot or courageous?
In defending the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ baldly partisan decision (An Act of Courage, September 16, 2003) to delay the California recall election, victorious plaintiff and professor, Erwin Chemerinsky, obsequiously lauds the court’s courage for ruling in his favor. It is often said that there is a thin line between courage and stupidity and the court’s decision to thwart democracy by canceling an entire election based on hypothetical scenarios and the judges’ political beliefs cannot be defined as “courageous.” However, Chemernisky is a clever fellow. By citing the disenfranchisement of “minority” voters in winning his case, he surely knows how to pander to his audience both before and after he gets his way.
Thursday, September 04, 2003
Why I'm voting for Arnold Schwarzenegger:
Yes, Arnold declined to participate in the first "debate" among the top candidates. I say, who cares?
I think in an ideal world I and other Californians would never vote for Arnold for Governor. Is it a joke much like Jesse Ventura in Minnesota? Of course to some extent,but this joke is better than the status quo. Arnold has much more to lose in terms of money and reputation than Ventura and thus a bigger incentive to do the right thing.
With Schwarzenegger the important thing here is to shake up the establishment. How else could a limp fish with no charisma or decisiveness get elected (Twice!) to the largest state in the union unless the system was broken? Business as usual is hurting... political paybacks, backscratching, special interests... How else do you stop this unless you expose it and turn it upside down by electing a non-career politician? Only Peter Ueberroth and Arnold fit this bill and Arnold has the only chance to get elected.
In addition putting aside the MECHA issue with Bustamante, didn't he just graduate from Fresno St. in 1999 and with correspondence courses? Yeah, he "earned" his degree all right. How can it be possible that a potential governor of this state would barely attain a bachelor's degree? Talk about low standards... Status quo politics in addition to little credentials... This is a bigger joke.
I'm a realist and I don't think McClintock or Ueberroth can be elected. McClintock is too Republican and is hurt by the "Right Wing" grab of Davis' job accusations. Ueberroth is too bland and unknown to too many people. He doesn't have the time or the money to get his message out.
The only alternative is to vote Arnold. He's going to do whatever it takes not to embarrass himself. He will get the right advisors, including Warren Buffet, Pete Wilson et al, and certainly his Kennedy connections don't hurt, and will at least think his decisions through without having to pay back special interest groups like gambling interests or prison guard unions.
And I won't even waste my breath on the Green candidate or Huffington. Both are jokes, trying to get a little face time in this "Governor Circus."