I’m not sure if the Governor’s pain medication for his recent knee surgery impaired his decision-making, when he picked up the phone and called into the John and Ken radio show yesterday, and defended his discussions with state legislators and his proposal to increase the state sales tax as a means to get the votes to pass a state budget.
The show is absolutely fabulous political theatre — with the Governor trying to defend the tax increase and his battle against global warming — while he is rather mercilously strafed by John and Ken.
There’s one point in the interview where they ask, "Are you still on anethesia?" The point I made above.
Here is the link to the John and Ken Show website. Click on the 8/18 3 p.m. hour broadcast to listen.
While the Governor’s call into the show starts around the 12 minute mark in the show, he follows a GREAT interview with FR friend Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines — so I actually encourage you to take a break from what you are doing, and listen to the whole segment — first Villines and then Schwarzenegger.
For those who would say that I am hard on the Governor, and that he should get some sort of credit for calling into the show in the first place — well, I disagree. The Governor PROMISED me, and thousands and thousands of GOP donors and activists (and all of the voters, for that matter) that he would NEVER raise taxes. So since he is breaking his promise as he actively lobbies the legislature for a sales tax increase, I offer him no safe quarter here.
(h/t to Shane Goldmacher over at the Bee’s Capitol Alert for tipping us off to the Governor’s J&K Show appearance.)
(Assemblyman Chuck DeVore just emailed that he will also be on John and Ken — like right now. So you can check out his performance as well.)