ARNOLD’S ER­ROR

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“While politi­cians de­bate whether [last month’s] re­jec­tion of var­i­ous spending ini­tia­tives in Cal­i­for­nia marks the beginning of an an­ti­tax in­sur­gency, I can’t help but won­der what might have been had Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger im­me­di­ately pushed for re­form upon tak­ing of­fice in 2003,” Bill Whalen writes at www.opin­ionjour­nal.com.

“The Arnold of the state’s re­call elec­tion was the Barack Obama of the 2008 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. He was a man of wealth and priv­i­lege, restyled as a pop­ulist out­sider and over­hyped by a fawn­ing me­dia, who came into of­fice with a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to achieve most any­thing his heart de­sired. For Mr. Sch­warzeneg­ger, that win­dow re­mained open for about a year,” said Mr. Whalen, a se­nior re­search fel­low at the Hoover In­sti­tu­tion.

“Sacra­mento Democrats rec­og­nized that tak­ing on the celebrity gov­er­nor was a fight they would lose. But Mr. Sch­warzeneg­ger failed to seize the op­por­tu­nity. He needed to

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