Schwarzenegger Becomes Cautionary Tale

05/25/2011 11:45 am ET

Today's Field Poll shows the sentiment of California voters -- Anybody But Arnold. Largely unknown California Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Wesly both best Schwarzenegger in head-to-head races for governor. Actor-directors Rob Reiner and Warren Beatty aren't running far behind Schwarzenegger -- which isn't bad considering neither have expressed an interest in running. Beatty's given a mere two speeches on the state of the state.

What California voters are saying is clear. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Schwarzenegger promised to clean up California's cash-register politics, then proceeded to raise more campaign cash than any politician in California history. He claimed he would be a different type of Republican. Yet he called an extra election this November: (costing taxpayers $70 million) to neuter the power of labor unions, to redraw legislative districts more to the liking of Republicans, to eliminate the checks-and-balance of the legislature over the budget and to appease right wingers behind an initiative requiring parental consent before teens receive reproductive services.

The word "Schwarzenegger" is quickly becoming synonymous with one who congentially does not keep his promises.