They felt that it would release the stranglehold that partisanship had on government.
Is there election fatigue?
Their polling must be telling them that he's a drag on his own initiative. How have the mighty fallen.
The speaker has very little in the way of carrots or sticks.
Just because he's declaring now doesn't mean he has to run. Look what happened (in the recall campaign) when everybody thought he wasn't going to run and he decided on the Leno show he was.
The permutations and combinations are endless. It's like a game of three-dimensional chess.
Red meat for the party faithful and will make the Democrats go sky high.
The reality of the situation is that there is nothing illegal about doing it.
Schwarzenegger is clearly annoyed as he asked that the president not come until after the election because he did not want to compete for cash.