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Old 07-30-2008, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Yesterday, I watched the governor of California talking to the press about the earthquake, and it struck me how well he's been handling his job.

It's striking because Arnold was the "unlikely" candidate when he started out. Just like Obama (in case you're wondering where this post is going). People were afraid of electing him--afraid that he didn't have the right experience. He was mocked for being "just a celebrity."

There were all sorts of rumors--and all sorts of fears of what would happen to California with Arnold in charge. Stuff said in chat rooms sounded a lot like the things written about Obama today (makes me wonder sometimes if it's just cut-and-pasted...)

Even the people who hated the rumors had hesitation. They wondered how an actor could seriously campaign against a seasoned politician like Gray Davis. But there was just something so strong, so believable about Arnold.

People were still undecided all the way up to the election.

Just days before the election some polls predicted a win for Davis. But in the end, Arnold won. In the end, many people said it was because of the Davis smear campaign. They were sick of it, and they voted for Arnold just to make a point.

Something to think about...

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Old 07-30-2008, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I'll be Barack...
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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So what's my point? There's a few of them, actually.

1. You do not need years of experience to be a competent leader. Schwarzenneggar turned out to be more than competent, despite being "new."

2. Polls taken just days before an election can be wrong.

3. Smear campaigns can backfire.

...oh, and one more thought: You don't have to win by a landslide. You just have to win.
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