“Governor Schwarzenegger is an exceptional governor and we are honored that he has decided to endorse Senator McCain, and look forward to the event tomorrow,” said Steve Schmidt, a senior McCain adviser who managed Schwarzenegger’s 2006 campaign.
In case you haven’t yet heard the BIG news, our dear Arnold the Governator is set to endorse John “I don’t mind if we’re in Iraq for 100 years” McCain today. Already, the fierce debate has begun in the right-wing world over whether this “seals the deal” for McCain to win California next Tuesday and become the nominee. Now as for me, I’d rather not join that argument. Instead, I want to focus on Arnold.
So now that Arnold is clearly playing the part of a partisan Republican in endorsing a conservative Republican for President, can we stop with the “post-partisan” nonsense? Can we please stop treating Arnold like he’s somehow some “independent phenomenon” that supposedly “transcends partisan politics” by pandering to us Democrats?
OK, so Arnold sometimes pretends to be a Democrat to remain popular in our decidedly “blue state”… That still doesn’t change the fact that he’s a Republican. He vetoes more good progressive legislation than he signs into law. Despite his occasional appointments of Democrats to some Cabinet positions, he still governs as a partisan Republican. And now, despite earlier pledges that he wouldn’t endorse anyone for President, Arnold’s now endorsing a Republican who clearly espouses Republican views on foreign and domestic policy.
So can we all stop believing the “post-partisan” BS? Arnold’s a partisan Republican. He’s proving it today. That’s all.