It was a world filled with mutants, prostitutes, double-crossed and diabolical leaders. No, not Sacramento, but the sci-fi thriller "Total Recall."
The treacherous femme fatale played by Sharon Stone slowly draws a gun from behind her back as she pleads with the action hero. "Sweetheart, be reasonable. After all, we're married."
The action hero shoots first. "Consider that a divorce," he says in his Austrian accent.
Not long ago, Republicans were so enamored of the foreign-born actor-turned governor that they contemplated trying to change the U.S. Constitution so he could run for president. No more.
It's not all that clear exactly who's divorcing whom. But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who came to office with such high expectations in 2003, and the party that embraced him are so estranged that their differences are irreconcilable.
The California Republican Party delivered a new set of papers last week in the form of a news release calling for the suspension of Assembly Bill 32, the 2006 law that seeks to limit greenhouse gases and carbon emissions. The GOP has all but endorsed the oil industry-funded initiative headed for the November ballot that would derail AB 32.
Citing California's unemployment, California GOP Chairman Ron Nehring said in his statement: "The single most significant action we can take as a state is suspending California's global warming tax bill, and we applaud those who have worked so hard to qualify the AB 32 suspension initiative for the November ballot."
Schwarzenegger and the GOP have been growing ever-more distant since the 2005 election debacle when he lost four ballot measures that sought to limit the clout of public employee unions and give the governor more power over budget decisions. The rift deepened when he signed AB 32. Major business groups opposed it; only one Republican legislator voted for it.