Back in June, I wrote this about Arnold's slate of legislative initiatives:
I have to say that [I] think Schwarzenegger is going to go down in flames. California Democrats are up in arms and looking to channel their anti-Bush rage. He's going to be the fall guy.
And that prediction, at least, came true:
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.
Congratulations to the people of California for rejecting all eight propositions on the ballot. The initiative process is a disaster. Let's hope this dissuades people from abusing it.
I'm also excited to see that Tim Kaine won the governor's race in Virginia, both because I have a friend who worked on the campaign and because it signals that a Democrat can successfully talk about religion and win in a red state. That's an important step toward making sure both parties represent people of faith.
Iraq, Katrina, CIA leak, Harriet Miers. Things couldn't possibly get any worse for President Bush. Wait, they just did.
Bush put his wispy political prestige on the line in the Virginia governor's race and lost Tuesday when the candidate he embraced in a last-minute campaign stop was soundly defeated. While there are many reasons for Jerry Kilgore's defeat, chief among them his poor campaign, giddy Democrats said the Virginia race as well as a Democratic victory in New Jersey prove that Bush is a political toxin for Republicans.
Update 11/9: See Amy Sullivan's post at WashingtonMonthly.com for more on the role of religion in Kaine's campaign.