Rush Limbaugh is investing a lot of time and energy trying to get people to not elect Arnold Schwarzenegger. Why? Because he’s not Ronald Reagan.
News flash for Rush: A young Ronald Reagan could not get elected governor of California today. Because of immigration and a lot of reasons I don’t know because I haven’t studied it, California is a left-of-center state now. Even Orange County isn’t rock-solid conservative these days. In San Francisco, Jerry Brown is probably too conservative to get elected now.
So, aside from whether it would be wonderful to have a Reagan-type conservative as governor of California, fighting commies, firing air traffic controllers, and undoing the legacy of Jimmy Carter–none of which are near the top of California’s current problem set, anyway–it’s a non-starter. Ain’t happening. Not a chance. Gray Davis would be retained in the recall election were that the only alternative.
So, the question for California Republicans (aside from whether the recall was a good idea to begin with) is which of two plausible alternatives they prefer: Bustamonte or Schwarzenegger.