He can wrap himself in the rule of law and say, 'The people have spoken, ... This is probably one issue in which Schwarzenegger is probably a winner at a time when he has very few issues going his way.
This is a real sign of how terribly weak the governor is.
And you can understand they're likely to say, 'Well, Governor, we're not going to go way out on a limb for you in this special election without some guarantee that you're going to be around for the next four years,'
People vote by party, not by wealth. Other than the fact they can spend their own money, wealth isn't an advantage. People vote on party and ideology.
He was larger than life, not a Gray Davis or Pete Wilson, who were technicians. He said, 'I am Arnold. I can move mountains.' But then he didn't deliver. He delivered midgets when he promised giants.
Maria has emerged as the new center of power because of the perception that Arnold moved way to the right and failed and that she is helping him lurch back to the middle.
In states that Kerry had to be competitive in, he was less competitive because gay marriage was on the ballot starting with Ohio.
This is not the typical California district. This is clearly a district with strong Republican bias ... but it's not overwhelming.
Usually politicians can find some silver lining. There is no silver lining tonight for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold was completely repudiated by the people of California.