Everyone who wants to run for governor of California has to have their papers filed by 5pm tomorrow. That means $3,500 and 65 signatures, plus a few other forms. So far, it looks like the major players will be:

- Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)
- Bill Simon (R)
- Cruz Bustamante (D)
- John Garamendi (D)

... and a bunch of other random people. It just doesn't feel right, does it? There's something missing: a realistic Democrat candidate. The Dems have got to be writhing in agony over the prospect of uniting behind Bustamante, a virtual political nobody. They've got to be trying every trick they know to pull a rabbit out of the hat, but Feinstein seems intent on not running, and it's hard to imagine any other California resident who could challenge Arnold.

Still, I've got a feeling there's a bit more drama to be had before the deadline tomorrow.



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