Reminiscence

by Steven F. Hayward

Jonah’s query about Arnold and Jesse both becoming governor reminds me of a speech I gave in Minneapolis in 1999 as the token conservative at a conference at the Hubert Humphrey Institute. I knew that earnest Minnesota liberals were embarrassed and horrified at Ventura’s election, so I decided to twit them by opening with: “Out in California were are very jealous of Minnesota for having Ventura as governor. We have boring governors like Wilson and Davis these days, and Californians look at Minnesota and say, ‘Damn, why didn’t we think of that?’”

Well, now we have. Only I expect Arnold will be a better governor than Jesse.