When Arnold entered the race a bunch of Republican voters switched to him out of fear that McClintock's perceived lack of name recognition would handicap him. So they went with Arnie, abandoning a solid conservative for a man without any substantial track record (except for statements about being impressed by Nixon) and a Kennedy family member as a wife.
Interestingly, the polling showed that McClintock's name recognition by mid-campaign was quite adequate and he would have won with a significant margin if Arnold hadn't been in the race.
Also interestingly, the partygoers at Arnold's victory bash noticed that essentially everybody on the inner-circle's raised podium platform were Democrats - the machine political functionaries and advisors from the Kennedy connections that his wife had brought in. Oops!
So the only surprise in how Arnold's governorship worked out was that he actually was a LITTLE more conservative, at first, than either of the Browns. B-b
By the way: Mathematical Psychologists refer to people who chose a politician with more perceived electability over one who is closer to their own political position as "dishonest voters". They play HELL with the math. And it usually turns out to be a bad strategy for them (as it did here.)
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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."
That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.
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