Party of One: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of the Independent Voter

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Since his landslide reelection in a state dominated by Democrats, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has arguably become the nation's most successful Republican politician. His near-universal name recognition and status as governor of the nation's most populous state have placed Schwarzenegger at the forefront of such key issues as health care, environmental protection, and immigration. Combining liberal stands on social and environmental issues with conservative pro-business policies, Schwarzenegger has ...

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Since his landslide reelection in a state dominated by Democrats, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has arguably become the nation's most successful Republican politician. His near-universal name recognition and status as governor of the nation's most populous state have placed Schwarzenegger at the forefront of such key issues as health care, environmental protection, and immigration. Combining liberal stands on social and environmental issues with conservative pro-business policies, Schwarzenegger has found favor with Republicans, Democrats, and independent voters, whose support has been critical to his success. PARTY OF ONE goes beyond a portrait of a political celebrity. Detailing Schwarzenegger's gambits, missteps, and achievements on a range of issues, it suggests that the "governator" represents the future of American politics, in which practical results will mean more to voters than partisan identity.

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By any standard, Arnold Schwarzenegger's progression from champion bodybuilder to action film star to California governor is singular. Sacramento Bee columnist Daniel Weintraub, however, is less concerned with Arnold's muscular metamorphoses than his unique ability to transcend traditional California political divisions. Weintraub's Party of One utilizes numerous exclusive interviews with Schwarzenegger to explain how the Republican leader of our most populous state governs amid a predominantly Democrat constituency. Up-close analysis of a major American politician.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780979482229
  • Publisher: PoliPointPress, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/31/2008
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL BARONE is a senior writer with U.S. News & World Report and a contributor to Fox News Channel. He is the principal coauthor of the biannual "Almanac of American Politics" and the author of "Our Country, The New Americans," and "Hard America, Soft America,"

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Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Introduction     1
Rise to Power
Bootstraps     9
A State of Confusion     21
Five Hundred Push-Ups     35
The Governator
Fusion     49
Taking Care of Business     61
Year of Reform     71
Lessons Learned     83
Cranes     95
Jolly Green Governor     109
The Rise of the Independent Voter     127
Unfinished Business
To Your Health     143
"I Am an Immigrant"     153
Justice Delayed     167
Going to School     181
Mapquest     195
"Get Yourself a Smoking Tent"     205
Acknowledgments     217
Notes     221
Index     231
About the Author     237
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