President Bush, who has terminated his popularity with an unpopular war, may be turning to the Terminator to help him find salvation. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was counted out 18 months ago, but look at him now. Reelected and refurbished as a "post-partisan" who is cleaning up California's air and water, he is now pushing plans for universal healthcare in California, including coverage for children of illegals. (Being related to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) does rub off at some point.)

With the '08 presidential contest officially now eclipsing all else, Bush must maximize the attention he gets from his final meaningful State of the Union address because next year in the middle of several primary contests he will be lucky if anyone shows up in the chamber, let alone turns on the television.

This year Bush must speak before a new Democratic Congress and an increasingly restive public opposed to his escalation of the Iraq war. He knows not to count on too much applause from Republicans — freshmen in the University of the Congressional Minority are fuming and may support Democratic resolutions against his troop increase.

So in a Schwarzeneggerian leftward waltz, Bush is now rumored to be preparing some boffo global-climate announcement, will likely push for fuel-economy standards, is proposing a healthcare plan aimed at redistributing coverage by taxing coverage provided by employers (a very un-Republican sounding idea), and will of course revisit the comprehensive immigration-reform plan that includes the guest worker program conservatives loathe so much.

Not much of this will go over well, or become law. The healthcare plan has met already with opposition from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who opposed it when Ronald Reagan trotted it out decades ago. Still, it's good to see Bush hasn't given up.