In today's NY Times, correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg takes a look at the apparent thaw between President Bush and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in wake of California's devastating wildfires.
The President might be smiling in public, but privately he's doubtlessly aware that Schwarzenegger is set to sue his EPA next week (and would have done so already were it not for the fires). In this vein, his reaction there might be particularly worth watching and noting.
He's made it clear this week that he wants to be seen as responsive to California's short-term needs. But when it comes to the state's long-term goal of mitigating potentially-disastrous climate-change impacts-- one that is quite relevant in wake of the fires-- his administration still has some ground to make up for. It would be much more noteworthy if this spirit of goodwill and rapproachment somehow carried over into this most heated of the "policy differences" that Stolberg's piece alludes to.