Think Arnold is happy he's Governor of California now?
If he does the right thing and does not grant clemency to convicted quadruple-murderer and founder of the Crips gang Tookie Wilson, half the state will be mad at him. Some will accuse him of racism. And there are fears of riots in Los Angeles.
If he does grant clemency, he'll be forever stained as the wimp who backed down in the face of a clever publicity campaign.
Tookie Wilson has never apologized for the murders he committed. Gun murders, at close range. For years, he has brazened it out, saying its all a setup. Well, then, the good works he has committed since his incarceration ( working to reduce gang violence ) mean nothing at all. The only issue is whether he was wrongly convicted. If he was justly convicted, then, in the absence of any contrition, he deserves the maximum penalty.
Either way, Arnold takes a big hit this coming Tuesday. This is what is known as a Hobson's Choice or a Morton's Fork. Arnold, are you happy that you're the governor?