Emotional Rescue

Unabashedly conservative state Senator Tom McClintock, whose district includes Santa Barbara, came to the aid of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’s been drawing fire of late for so-called creeping liberalism and big-spending ways, at a mini meet-up of statewide Republicans last weekend in San Jose. McClintock downplayed the significance of Schwarzenegger’s plummeting popularity with Republicans, saying disagreement within a party is “natural, normal, and healthy.” McClintock, running for Lt. Governor, stressed that policy differences among California Republicans paled in comparison to differences between Republicans and Democrats.

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