Sunday Reads

Ism alert! The New York Times Magazine assesses: Spitzerism: "Spitzer's approach...has infuriated Republican critics and helped individual Democrats win statewide office, [but] so ...
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Ism alert! The New York Times Magazine assesses:

Spitzerism: "Spitzer's approach...has infuriated Republican critics and helped individual Democrats win statewide office, [but] so far it hasn't meant much to the Democratic Party as a whole."

...and Bloombergism: "He was a businessman in a city whose elites held the species in very low regard. And he seemed to have only the haziest idea of how to translate business principles into the act of governing."

...and CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's staff calls his eclectic governing style "Arnoldism." (Dems have a different term for the Governator: a "Bush Republican." That's meant as a blue-state slur.)

David Broder, not one for isms, asks if Arnold has lost his touch: "By targeting the public employee unions, including police, firefighters, nurses and teachers, Schwarzenegger unleashed on himself a year-long $25 million ad campaign that has shattered his once-broad coalition of support..."

George Will looks at CO Gov. Bill Owens' TABOR dilemma: "Those now calling Owens an apostate from the church of conservatism need to answer two questions. Is one deviation from doctrinal purity sufficient grounds for excommunication? Is a political creed that is so monomaniacal about taxation that it allows no latitude for tacking with shifting fiscal winds a philosophy of governance or an ideological fetish?"

And the New York Times Magazine asks former MA Gov. William Weld why he wants the same job in a second state: "Virtually any budget in the U.S. could probably stand to be cut by 10 percent or more."

Sounds like Weldism.

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