Yesterday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger came out in support of state Proposition 71, a bond measure that would fund up to $3 billion for stem-cell research efforts here in California. Schwarzenegger has said he has always supported stem cell research, and also cited the fact that his father-in-law, Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver, has Alzheimer's disease. Like a lot of California Dems, I am not happy with a lot of the things Ahnuld has done, but this comes out as a total shock. It would be one thing if only the Catholic Church and other pro-life groups were the only ones against Prop. 71, but the California Republican Party is on the record against it, citing not only the moral reasons but also the state budget crunch. I guess Arnold meant it when he said he was going to be independent-minded and not beholden to interests... uh, some of the time at least. But going against one part of the party platform? This is a new high (or low, depending on your POV) for him.