Chapter 6: Strategies and Tactics of Engagement
Strategies and Tactics of Engagement
What has been reported in earlier chapters is prologue. The constitutional and political environment, fiscal and economic conditions, the skill and experience that governors bring to office, how governors formulate their agendas and relate to the legislature—all are important, but then the most challenging work begins. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) described the work with the help of several sports metaphors. Running California is like climbing Mount Everest, or skiing an Olympic slalom course on the way down:
It's the tightest slalom course you can find with bumps and moguls all on top of it. You have every obstacle you can think of. You jump in the middle of the air. Then do the turnaround with the gate…. People ...