Also see: Judgment Day by Marc Ambinder The Atlantic, October 2010
When Schwarzenegger leaves office in January after seven tumultuous years as governor, it will not be with high marks. "Pretty pathetic," wrote George Skelton, the dean of the Sacramento press corps; "opportunity squandered." Schwarzenegger will be lucky if his approval rating is near 40 percent and the state budget deficit is less than $15 billion. But Schwarzenegger's greatest accomplishments may not yet be apparent: if the political reforms he pushed through take hold, he will have managed not only to restore California's role as a policy innovator, but also to create the kind of political space that can incubate a future cadre of mini-Arnolds.
Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, an Atlantic senior editor, began her association with the magazine in 2002, shortly after graduating from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. An early highlight of her Atlantic career was a visit with Harold Bloom, during which the renowned literary critic addressed her as "my little bear."
In January 2006, Jennie joined the Atlantic staff full time. She currently oversees a number of different areas -- producing the online edition of the magazine and its special features, editing TheAtlantic.com's National channel, and creating original videos for the website.
Before coming to The Atlantic, Jennie was senior editor of Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel, where she remains a contributing editor. Her writing has also appeared in The Chicago Tribune and in the book The Kindness of Strangers, a Lonely Planet travel writing anthology.