Arnold’s In

by Steven F. Hayward

So Arnold’s in after all. I imagine that California Democrats are filling their BVDs about now. Arnold timed his entrance exquisitely, waiting for the Democratic strategy (close ranks around Davis; Feinstein stays out) to harden, and then scrambling their calculations with only 72 hours to go before the filing deadline. I suspect he had this in mind all along, which shows a shrewdness that is encouraging (though I should say that the best conservative candidate in the race is Sen. Tom McClintock, who got 100,000 more votes than Simon statewide last November in a narrow loss for state Controller).

I suspect this will increase the pressure on Feinstein to enter the race. I rate the chances at better than 75 percent that she will now be in the race come Friday night.

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