You know, I think this kind of thing is great. Maybe Arnold is the only politician in the country (with a high profile) that has the forsight and balance to select persons for the jobs needed that actually fulfill the requirements of the position rather than selecting politically correct people. Arnold has had a tough year in CA, and as always, increasing resistance to him is growing. I don't think this is because of Arnold himself, but simply the nature of the crazy-retarded-beast we know as the CA electorial system.
What is interesting in this article is how both Repulicans and Democrats actively label themselves as "Conservative" and "Liberal", respectively. In another sense, this abstract sentence reveals this political association felt in the article: ""Any move by the governor to embrace Democratic values is good news for the state," said Steve Maviglio, spokesman for Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez. "However, it leaves many Democrats, as well as Republicans, wondering if he has any core values at all."" And core values? Define core values. To me, it is putting aside labels and addressing an issue to resolve it in one's best faith (non-religious). If "core values" here is in reference to political loyalty, I find major faults in this idea and fear what Arnold is up against.
This is a problem in the country that Arnold is actually addressing and solving, though it does not appear to be an intentional move. Being a "conservative" or a "liberal" is about moral values, and should be removed from a political spectrum. Because of the past 5 years of hysteria, "conservative" and "Republican" have become synonymous, as have "liberal" and "Democrat". Name calling an the blame game do not solve problems. High profile politicians all over the country on all levels easily resort to this in an effort to avoid dealing with issues and to keep themselves in office. I think the California governor should be applauded for this bold efforts to problem solve and to actually take his job seriously as a public servant, not a political guru, as other politicians do with their power.
This is not how we started politics 200 yeras ago, and it might take an Austrian governor to make us see the light.