California Governor Race: The Hybrid vs. The Hummer

| July 21, 2003

With the likely recall of laughably unpopular California governor Gray Davis?approval ratings for Davis are below 25 percent?the two frontrunners in the race are the Greek-born Arianna Huffington and Austrian-born muscle man Arnold Schwarzenegger. ?Voters will be asked essentially two questions: 1) Do you support the recall of Gray Davis; and 2) Who should replace him if he is recalled?,? writes Don Hazen for the AlterNet news service. ?Whoever has a plurality of votes?which could be as few as 20 percent?wins and takes the helm as governor the next day.? The major California Democrats are frozen on the sidelines, thus creating an opening for an independent candidate. Huffington pulled a political about-face in the last six years after her Republican ex-hubby came out gay following his losing bid to unseat Diane Feinstein in the 1996 Senate race. One supporter calls her, ?anti-drug war, tough on corporate abuse, anti-war, anti-Bush, pro-environment, pro-electoral reform?and smart as hell.? The Terminator, on the other hand, is a moderate Republican who works closely with Hummer designers and ?actually has one of the gas-guzzling cars named after him.? In a thoroughly odd race where anything can happen, the two frontrunners are truly the Hybrid versus the Hummer.
?Joel Stonington

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