It's all too complicated for me, these "frames," families & so forth. It seems to me that several of those "frames" really do describe what happened, up to a point.
One fact we shouldn't forget - although he did not cause all the problems he is blamed for, Davis was really, really a bad Governor. Basically only a fund raiser, like most of the politicians we get in California. A selfish man who cared for no cause or principle, but only his own ambitions. An arrogant man who hever listened to anyone and brought his problems on himself. And unfortunately, on us as well.
So, Arnold has a mandate, to (a) cut taxes; and (b) balance the budget, (c) without cutting education; and (d) (impliedly) without undue harm to the folks who voted for him (e) with the help of all the money brother George is going to bestow on him (ha ha ha). Lots of luck, Arnold.
Mr. Clark, one question. If the Democrats are to the right of center, where are all those people who are to the left of center? Where do they live, and why is it they never vote? Why do we never hear from them? Are they like the Dark Matter that makes up 50% of the universe? I live in San Francisco. In the state of California, that is considered an extremely left-wing place. San Francisco voted 80% against the recall. Almost everyone here is a Democrat. Go 100 miles south, or north, or east, they will tell you San Francisco is full of Left-wing kooks. they do not say we are too conservative. They won't tell you that, trust me. But we vote Democratic. Where are all those people you are talking about???