"If there's doubt Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's special-election push is in big trouble, foes in the Bay Area plan to crush it today," began an article by Steve Geissinger in the Oakland Tribune yesterday, reporting on union plans to protest outside a Schwarzenegger fund-raiser last night.
This is the typical reporting from the media nowadays, that union protests and a 54% Field Poll approval rating somehow means he and his reform agenda are in trouble. It seems to me that when the public employee union feel it necessary to work ever harder to deploy shock troops at every Schwarzenegger event, they're the ones facing political trouble.
Indeed, the Governor's opponents failed to generate the 5,000-10,000 protestors they had predicted.
As for the Governor, his approval rating is about where it was in early 2004 -- before he took hol of two arcane bond measures that the experts had pronounced DOA and convinced California voters to approve them.
Besides, the same Filed Poll has Schwarzenegger's re-elect number at 56%, and his favorable/unfavorable at 62% to 33%. Somehow, I don't think the public employee unions enjoy receive the same positive vibes from California voters.