Poor Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. I never realized what a bleak and desolate existence he leads until I read this article from the New York Times entitled "The Loneliness of Governor Schwarzenegger." This is heartbreaking stuff…
His approval rating has not risen above 30 percent since May 2009. California remains in deep fiscal distress. He is despised by the state’s workers (whose pay he cut), Democrats (who loathe his aversion to new taxes and his desire to cut entitlements) and Republicans (who wish those respective aversions and desires were stronger), as well as college students, public school parents and people who hate the smell of cigars.
Also, machines (because he betrayed Skynet by switching his allegiance to the human resistance and protecting the young John Conner), the Mars Colony board of directors (for powering-up the ancient terraforming machine, unleashing oxygen into the Martian atmosphere and ruining their stranglehold over the planet's colonists), his enemies (for being driven before him and forced to endure hearing the lamentations of their women), tumors (for denying their existence).
As Governor Schwarzenegger prepares to leave office in January, the lesson from his seven-year effort may be this: Being an independent can win you a lot of things: an election, even re-election, and new policies. But that's not the same as having people like you.
Being a high-profile politician, no doubt, is tough. But, you know what? All of his friends may have left him for the time being, but I have a feeling that once he's out of office… they'll be back.*
* My sincerest apologies for this joke and — while we're at it — this entire post.
Tags: Arnold Schwarzenegger, California, New York Times