Debra J. Saunders

In politics, there are no stunt doubles, only lieutenant governors and first ladies. With the big star notably absent, first lady Maria Shriver told the audience that in her husband's next term -- T2 -- California "can lead not only the United States, but really the whole world" in fuel efficiency.

That's great. Will one of the governor's four Hummers head the caravan? Maybe that's what Team Arnold meant in billing the event as a Kick-Off at Capitol Park: "Leading the Green Dream." The key word here is: dream.

Conspicuous consumption masquerades as fuel-efficiency. In Hollywood and in Sacramento, what matters is not what you personally do about the environment, but that you personally really care about the environment. When Shriver told the crowd to drive more fuel-efficient cars, she was all script, no plot.

Or as new Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier said, "It's all guilt."

Debra J. Saunders

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