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Arnold A Pig, But Not A Racist Pig

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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.

Oops!

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.

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  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    As a Californian and a bit closer to the situation, I’d say that those aren’t the choices.

    Davis is very likely a goner, so the choices are the pig, a different cow and McClintock, someone who would (will?) be an excellent governor.

    Unfortunately, a member of the menagerie class is probably going to win.

    But you never know when reason will strike …

  • http://macaronies.blogspot.com Mac Diva

    You are sounding like some folks from Minnesota did a few years ago, Hal. They warned, but too many people didn’t listen.

    IF California’s affairs were not already a mess, I would not be as concerned about an elitist numbskull being plopped into the govenor’s chair. But, they are. I believe Cali will pay a much higher price if it elects an incompetent than Minnesota did.

    I find Schwarzenegger’s elitism just as or more offensive than I would find racism. In a way, it is worse. People like him hold millions more people in contempt than racists do — because they believe those people, regardless of race, are inferior because they are not wealthy. It is the doctrine of the elect, contemporary style.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    MD, I agree completely. Racists or sexists are at least easy to predict, while elitists such as Arnold (and, I believe, Davis) look down on practically everybody. When dealing with a racist, one can often find someone of the person’s “favorite” skin color or ethnic background to get through to him. When dealing with a sexist, half the population is ignored, but that leaves half, and some of us genuinely care about issues important to women (or men, as the case may be). How many of us are powerful enough to command the attention of an elitist? Not many.

    The sad problem is that I believe almost all politicians are seduced by power like this, though not all to the extent that Arnold is.

  • http://www.reneekaplan.com Tulsa

    Arnold is Interesting. But do you think he deserves to be governor ?