Well, I’m not the only one noting that California Democrats’ anti-Bush ads haven’t helped their gubernatorial nominee Phil Angelides gain any ground against in his bid to unseat our Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Several political analysts have also been reading the polls.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a senior scholar at the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California pointed out that “Voters are aware of the fact that being governor is a completely different job to being president, and that Arnold Schwarzenegger has very little in common with George W. Bush.” She did, however, show some sympathy for Democratic tactics, “I can understand why the Democrats are doing it — there’s very little else they can do because the Governor has been extremely smart in terms of peeling issues away from Angelides.”
While Democrats may be trying to “energise their own base,” a recent survey found “two-thirds of voters in the nation’s most populous state — including 57 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of liberals — say Bush’s leadership will have no bearing on their vote for the next governor.“
The director of the survey, Professor Melinda Jackson that Angelides’ strategy of using “President Bush as a weapon against Governor Schwarzenegger” has been “futile.“
Despite what people say about us Californians, we’re not all that air-headed. Most people in the Golden State understand that the issue in the gubernatorial contest is which candidate has the best plan for moving the state forward in the next four years. And having looked at the record of both Governor Schwarzenegger and his Democratic opponent, most of us agree that the incumbent has done a pretty decent job since winning the recall election in 2003 and deserves a full term to continue that good work.