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By jardinier ·
There is a lot of speculation as to what Arnie will do when he steps down as Governor of California.

I would be very interested to hear opinions from Americans and especially Californians as to the quality of his work as Governor.

Compared to US governors in general, was he good, average, poor? I do know that California was in a pretty bad way when he took the job.

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Those are good questions. My attempt to answer.

by maxwell edison In reply to Interesting figures

The question is, however, to what degree are these dismal figures the direct result of negligence, ineptness, lack of political know-how on the part of Schwarzenegger?

Since the buck stops (or should stop) at the CEO's desk, he shoulders, at least, some of the responsibility. I'm not sure how one would go about measuring how much was his and how much was the state legislature and the voters. Yes, the voters.

Since California is a ballot-issue state, voters can directly decide just about any issue. California has been hurt by many of them. Such things have always been the downfall of direct democracies. As such, the voters, themselves, should bear much of the burden. And the legal name of the state - California Republic - should be changed. It has one word too many.

All-in-all, I'd call it 50-50.

Might a person who had previous experience in politics have done a better job?

Since we don't have the benefit of peering into the what if parallel universe, there's no way to know. Heck, it might have even been worse! But I can't help but think that someone like Ronald Reagan would have done better - less wishy-washy, so to speak, and more dedicated to clearly stated convictions.

Is there some mechanism in the constitution of California which could have made it possible for the electorate to have removed him from office at an earlier time?

Oh yes. In fact, his immediate predecessor, Gray Davis, was recalled from office before the end of his term - the first recalled governor in the history of the state.

My personal opinion, from an outsider's perspective, is that Arnold tried to appease too many people too often. He ran as a Republican, but if one looked at his position on issues, he could just as easily been a Democrat. I think he failed to define a set of convictions and rest on them, letting the chips fall where they may.

As you said, California wasn't in great shape when he took office. That's very true. However, when a ship is sinking, the first thing to do is plug the leaks; but instead of attempting to plug said leaks, he (and they, being the whole state) only picked up the pails in a lame attempt to keep from sinking - if they picked up the pails at all.

He had two huge things going for him - three, actually. He had celebrity status and was widely popular. He had taken over from a failed administration implementing failed policies. And he had the proverbial bully pulpit. I think he failed to capitalize on all of those things. The symbolic nonsense of garaging his Hummer, for example, just to appease the environmentalists of the state was a sign of how he would govern - a lot of symbolism, not much substance; a lot of appeasement, not much tough love leadership.

Of course, these are just my opinions.

(Edited for clarity.)

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These are good answers, thank you ....

by jardinier In reply to Those are good questions. ...

"My personal opinion, from an outsider's perspective, is that Arnold tried to appease too many people too often. He ran as a Republican, but if one looked at his position on issues, he could just as easily been a Democrat. I think he failed to define a set of convictions and rest on them, letting the chips fall where they may."

Sounds good to me. Thank you for your thoughtful answer.

P.S. No need to edit for clarity. You always express yourself impeccably. :)

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