I will be a very happy man on Wednesday, when this foolish California election is finished. Oh no! What if there’s a tie? Strike that thought. I hope I didn’t put any ideas into anyone’s mind.
Anyway, I’m sure that further revelations of what we already know (Arnold Schwarzenegger is a power-hungry pig) will continue to dribble out even late on election day, and I suspect none of it will matter much. It certainly doesn’t matter to me since I haven’t lived in California in ten years. So I almost didn’t bother reading the BBC News coverage of the latest gropees. But I did, and I kept reading until I hit a section titled Denials.
In a boost for Mr Schwarzenegger, a report in an Austrian Jewish magazine said that, as a young bodybuilder, he had helped break up a neo-Nazi demonstration in the Austrian city of Graz.
“There was a clash and Arnold along with some bodybuilders chased the Nazis down Herrengasse Street,” Alfred Gerstl, the father of one of Mr Schwarzenegger’s friends, recalled in the interview published last month.
Mr Schwarzenegger has denied an ABC television report which quotes him as allegedly saying in a 1975 interview that he admired Hitler, a fellow Austrian, for coming “from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power”.
Mr Schwarzenegger said he did not remember making such remarks. He insisted he “despised” the Nazi ideology and noted his long-standing support for the Jewish lobby group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
This comes fresh on the heels of revelations in the New York Times (No registration required!) that the previous could-be-racist quotes were mis-quotes and that what Arnold said was not “I admire [Hitler] for being such a good public speaker and for what he did with it,” but rather:
In many ways I admired people — It depends for what. I admired Hitler for instance because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power. And I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for his way of getting to the people and so on. But I didn’t admire him for what he did with it. It is very hard to say who I admired and who are my heroes. And I admired basically people who are powerful people, like Kennedy. Who people listen to and just wait until he comes out with telling them what to do. People like that I admire a lot.
So with the accusations of racism either now or in his past out of the way, I suppose we, meaning those of you that live in California and can drive, can go back to choosing between an inexperienced power-mad sexist pig and an incompetent power-mad raging cow.