Every election finds the gap between the winner and loser widening at an exponential rate after the results come in; winners become leaders-in-waiting, losers find themselves knee deep in the muck of criticism and post-game analysis.
So no one should be surprised how fast the worlds of Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman are moving in opposite directions.
As Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger hits the road to talk to groups around the state about the stalled budget talks here in Sacramento, he keeps telling audiences that California has no reserve "rainy day" fund.
It's a statement that, one assumes, proves the need for systemic budget reform before he signs any new spending plan for the now 29 day late budget.
But it's also hard to square with the past.