According to the California Secretary of State, it is pretty clear that Arnold has won in a landslide, and that is not even counting the million or so absentee ballots (which are unimportant because the margin is so big it can not be overcome). Here are the numbers as of right now:
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Rep – 3,624,154 – 48.3%
Cruz M. Bustamante – Dem – 2,400,264 – 32.0%
Tom McClintock – Rep – 996,968 – 13.3%
As of right now, that means approximately 61.6% of the voters chose a Republican candidate, and the left is already spinining this as meaningless. Oliver Willis, fresh off the Democrat defeat, states rather confidently:
Unless Arnold works a miracle, the next governor will be a Democrat and the state will remain firmly in the hands of the Democrats, alleged 60% GOP notwithstanding.
I am not sure how he concluded that, but I will agree that if Arnold turns out to be as bad a governor as Davis, his time in office will indeed be short.
Other attempts to deligitimize the election have come in various forms. Atrios is blaming the media:
Anyway, I had optimistically predicted that Davis would survive. I based that on one major premise – that after about a month or so, the media would stop with the Access Hollywood coverage of Arnold and actually point out his ties to Pete Wilson, Enron, etc…
Of course, I was wrong. They’re a lazy bunch of SOBs, and if they can point a camera at a Nurembourg rally and call it news, they’re going to do it. I knew Arnold would have untold hours of free media on AM radio, etc… but I actually made the mistake of thinking the respectable news media would eventually realize they had a responsibility.
Typical Atrios- he has it bass-ackward again. The media does hold a lot of responsibility for Arnold’s win, but the real truth to how the media helped appears to have been recognized by Jeralynn Merrit at TalkLeft (who always seems to have a nose for the high road):
Finally, we’re glad the smear campaign failed. It was irrelevant, trash politics. We’re glad he won. Congratulations, Arnold, you earned this. We wish you good luck and hope you accomplish great things for California. And we hope you thank your lucky stars every night that you have Maria by your side.
Jeralynn nails it- the voters rejected the sleazy, corrupt, and incompetent Gray Davis, and they rejected the smear campaigns that were his hallmark. As Henry Hanks noted in the form of pictures, not only was Gray Davis recalled, so was the LA Times and their cronies in the California Democrat leadership who orchestrated the smears.
Senior Democratic strategists knew the particulars of last Thursday