The governor said the White House had reassured him for months that California would be protected in the legislation. “I spoke personally with Valerie Jarrett,” Obama’s senior advisor, the governor told me. “She said this would be fixed.” Instead, “the bill went south in the last month,” he said, as Nebraska’s Ben Nelson worked out a sweetheart deal for his state on Medicaid funding while California received no protection.

Of the White House reassurances, Schwarzenegger said: “It turns out that was untrue.”