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So we have a new a Governor in California. Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger wiped the floor with anyone and everyone. The recall was a given. Frankly I'm not sure how I feel about it. I thought the whole idea or a recall was ridiculous and typically Californian to start off with. I also thought it set a dangerous precident going forward. No incumbent is safe, no state tax payer is immune from shelling out x million dollars to bankroll another recall election should the loyal citizens of a certain state get bored with their elected official.I've been told that our recall election was "democracy in action" - BS; it was a Republican with too much money and a series of bad events in action. What WAS democracy in action was the fact that more people voted in the recall election than in the 2000 presidential election. People were galvanized into action by this whole thing; they became personally involved. That had been sorely missing from local and national elections for sometime now. Overall though, my reaction to this election as a liberal is "meh." It could have been worse; we could have had that ghastly Bill Simon as Governor. Better to have a Republican who's a social Liberal and a fiscal Conservative - in fact, that's more likely to piss off the Conservatives. Arnie is pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro domestic partnerships...the hallmarks of a fastidious liberal. How he plans to fix our current budget situation by repealing the car registration hike and without raising taxes ought to be interesting to see. In the meantime, I urge you to read this little commentary I found from a fellow Californian