In a stinging rebuke from voters who elected him two years ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's efforts to reshape state government were rejected during a special election that darkened his prospects for a second term.
The Republican governor and Hollywood actor, who likes to say he can sell anything, on Tuesday saw all four of his signature ballot proposals rejected.
The election pitted the once-dominant Republican governor against two of California's powerhouse political forces -- public employee unions and Democrats who control the Legislature.
The unions spent millions of dollars to beat Schwarzenegger's propositions to limit the use of their member dues for political purposes, cap state spending, redraw legislative districts and restrict public school teacher tenure.
The one here that really saddens me is the redrawing of legislative districts. While in California it would obviously benefit Republicans, if the idea caught on it (which if Califrornia led would be quite likely) it would probably be a wash nation wide as far as number of seats in each party. Such redistricting would result in more competitive races, more moderate politicians from both parties, and more legislators who truly had to pay attention to their constituents.
I guess voters in California (and Ohio
) like having their elected officials pick them rather than picking their elected officials.