Didn't the previous two governors of California leave under a huge cloud of misery? Would President Schwarzenegger have made an independent California great?
Still, I really don't understand the USA (prepare for some uninformed ignorance ahead). It just seems like a strange concept to have what's effectively most of a continent, with 50 states which are effectively countries and have them ruled centrally but with a lot of devolved power.
If you have places that can be 65/35 for one way, and 35/65in the opposite direction, why bother have those places United? Why not just be separate countries? What do they have in common apart from pledging allegiance to the same flag?