The unfolding comedy in Sacramento should make this legislature a laughing stock of the country. The Democratic leadership have “locked down” the building, keeping Republicans as hostages in the effort to jam down billions in new taxes.
If a Republican senator folds now, he guarantees not only the end of his political career, but also a reputation for political cowardice that will live on in California history. Arnold and the Dems are leaning on Abel Maldonado, who has a promising futre in California politics –if he doesn’t vote for this package. If he caves, I hope Arnold has promised him a job in Hollywood, because Abel’s career will be over in politics.