Now I understand this strange bill, its triangulation!
Dan Walters: Greenhouse gas bill helps Schwarzenegger to triangulate voters
By Dan Walters - Bee ColumnistPublished 12:00 am PDT Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Even by Arnold Schwarzenegger's standards for highly orchestrated public appearances, today's ceremonies for signing California's landmark anti-global warming legislation will be elaborate and carefully choreographed for maximum media exposure.
The governor's production designers chose Treasure Island, in the middle of San Francisco Bay, for one bill-signing ceremony in the morning, and Pepperdine University, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Malibu, for another in the afternoon, thereby providing scenic marine backdrops for television news crews in the state's two largest media markets.
On Tuesday, in an obvious effort to make it a multiday media story, Schwarzenegger signed three lesser global warming bills, declaring, "The science is clear. The global warming debate is over. We have a responsibility to act now."
Those words notwithstanding, the greenhouse gas "rollout," as political pros call it, has little or nothing to do with global warming -- it's mostly a symbolic declaration to do something many years hence -- and everything to do with Schwarzenegger's triangulating strategy that already has generated a double-digit, and widening, lead over Democratic challenger Phil Angelides.