Could Arnold Terminate GOP Congressional Dominance?
As a follow-up to James’s post, let me add that this story is interesting and important on many different levels:
First, upon winning the recall, Schwarzenegger sought increased federal aid. Now, he represents a potential problem to Congressional Republicans, including those whom he counts as allies. Could he use the redistricting issue to extract additional funds for California?
Second, when Schwarzenegger first proposed his redistricting plan, some Democrats expressed skepticism. If it could, in fact, lead to GOP losses, will we start seeing more Democratic support?
Third, note the diverging interests between Schwarzenegger, who wants more moderate state districts to implement his agenda, and Congressional Republicans, who want to maintain their political stronghold. It’s textbook federalism that our Founding Fathers would surely appreciate.