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Arnold wins! Love him, hate him, indifferent, or disgusted because the whole recall seems like a bad movie, people are fascinated with Arnold Schwarzenegger, a literally larger-than-life figure with a mythic if checkered past.

We have a number of stories on Arnold and the recall:

TOTAL RECALL: The Terminator Rules – Oh the Irony of it All
I am rarely surprised when it comes to elections like this and much will be written about the meaning of this recall. Roger Simon says we are witnessing the death of the two-party system. Bill Wallo believes it is the…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 9, 2003 12:47 AM

California Über Alles
From “yuppie fascists” to an Austrian running the world’s fifth-largest economy in less than 2 years. Not bad. Österreich über alles! Tomorrow we take Poland.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 8, 2003 11:03 PM

Arnold blitzkriegs California
OK then, let me gleefully indulge/rub your face in your dumb dystopian fantasy just a bit.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 8, 2003 06:58 PM

No Blue Counties
California’s Secretary of State has release a county-by-county map in red and green.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 8, 2003 04:40 PM

No doubt on Arnold now
Going into election day in California, I heard an interesting take on how one might look at the vote …
Posted in Blogcritics on October 8, 2003 02:35 PM

Meaning in the Recall?
So, is it a sea change or just a sea of angry voters?
Posted in Blogcritics on October 8, 2003 10:42 AM

TIME OF THE LEMMINGS
It’s already old news that the lemmings have spoken. But now that they’ve elected Arnold Schwarzenegger as governator of Culifornia, what’s next? Running Clint Eastwood for president? Re-animating Sylvester Stallone and running him for senator? That’s too obvious. How about…
Posted in Straight Up on October 8, 2003 10:27 AM

Keep it Zipped Until the Polls Close
I agree with Glenn Reynolds on political matters far more often than not, but I definitely have a different perspective on this: the networks were going to call it for Schwarzenegger the minute the polls closed, and then turning on… [Edit] Posted in Blogcritics on October 8, 2003 09:28 AM

A Cautionary Tale: Election Edition
Let this be a cautionary tale for everyone. There were a lot of news outlets covering “tha govanah” in California, but those who were truly paying attention saw that this whole recall election was just a front. If you were…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 8, 2003 09:25 AM

A New Day Has Dawned For the Citizens of California
The running man gets elected in spite of a last minute well-organized liberal attack campaign created to destroy his reputation and derail his campaign for governor and to fix the state of California.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 8, 2003 06:38 AM

Ballot Design
Electoral reform is easy compared to designing a decent ballot.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 7, 2003 09:15 PM

Top 5 reasons to love the recall
5. It didn’t drag on forever. Regular elections seem to go on and on, allowing for a HUGE amount of junk mail and mudslinging. This one got straight to the point: JUST VOTE 4. I got out of work early…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 7, 2003 08:34 PM

Recall Election Day photos
Well, I did what I could to stop it. Here are some photos from this historic day. And now on to the next project: Recall Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger….
Posted in Blogcritics on October 7, 2003 04:40 PM

Recall Theme Song
Arriving just in time for the election, we have its theme song: Listen to “California Uber Alles” In light of the silliest election EVER taking place today in California, the artist formerly known as Dramarama has jumped into the studio…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 7, 2003 02:55 PM

Reuters: “California Race Too Close to Call as Polls Open”
As expected, the race has become too close to call as Californians go to the polls to decide whether to make a joke out of their state by electing a Kindergarten Cop as governor. Reuters: California’s recall election looked too…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 7, 2003 02:08 PM

History is being (re)written in California today.
I taped Arnold clearly admitting to at least some of the assaults claimed by a number of women in an interview with Tom Brokaw. This is what’s on the tape: Tom Brokaw: So you deny all those stories about grabbing….
Posted in Blogcritics on October 7, 2003 10:49 AM

California Recall Polling Update
A recent Knight Ridder poll shows if Davis is recalled today, Arnold is most likely choice by Californians to be next governor.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 7, 2003 06:40 AM

Advice to my womenfolk about mashers
Even the nicey-nice Disney song involves Sebastian demanding that the guy “Kiss the Girl”- not that he ask Ariel to sign a consent form.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 7, 2003 12:01 AM

Character Assasination’s Politics of Cowards, Paradox Remains
Smearing the front-runner is old-hat in politics, but the real question is this: will Californians re-elect an angry staff-beating governor, or vote for a lusting philanderer, similar to Bill Clinton, who may be able to fix California’s economy, making it the golden gate to opportunity, once again.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 6, 2003 08:44 PM

Arnold to woman: “You cunt”
When a female employee of a law firm served Arnold with legal papers, he responded, “You cunt.” The Smoking Gun has a report on Arnold buying Pumping Iron and all outtakes for $1.25 million. The papers were delivered as part…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 6, 2003 08:36 PM

Bogus charges against Arnold
These collective last minute sexual complaints against Arnold Schwarzenegger are SO utterly bogus.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 6, 2003 04:50 PM

Seven reasons why you absolutely must vote on Oct. 7
MoveOn.org has solidified its place as one of the most increasingly influential political groups in the country. They raised $500,000 in about one day to air a TV ad about the recall. So far their phone-banking effort has made 69,348…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 6, 2003 02:27 PM

Have you heard of the word “consent”?
In defense of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s admitted conduct, some men like to bring up Clinton and Lewinsky. In the process, do these men reveal how they really feel about women? The Daily Howler wonders why “Hardball” host Chris Matthews just can’t get it.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 6, 2003 02:00 PM

What Should Arnold Do?
The only apology I would accept from Arnold at this point is one that went something like this…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 6, 2003 01:56 PM

Corroborated Gropenator stories: 15
L.A. Times: “Four more women have come forward to say that Arnold Schwarzenegger fondled, spanked or touched them in incidents they said took place as recently as 2000 and as long ago as 1979.”
Posted in Blogcritics on October 6, 2003 02:21 AM

Schwarzenegger and the JFK assassination
Arnold’s failure to have publicly explained and proved his whereabouts on November 22, 1963 is sufficient to prove his involvement in the JFK assassination to anyone who isn’t too stupid to believe it. Added to rumors that Arnold was once…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 5, 2003 10:03 PM

Schwarzenegger and Enron
It’s not an insignificant connection. Arnold Schwarzenegger met with Ken Lay and others at the height of the California energy crisis. Why? Schwarzenegger isn’t saying. He doesn’t “remember” the meeting at all. Doesn’t deny it. Just doesn’t “remember.” Will we get to the bottom of this by Oct. 7? Hell no. Another good reason to vote no on the recall.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 5, 2003 05:29 PM

STIFFING CULIFORNIA
Here’s a story that might as well be satire because, if true, it’s so nefarious even Gore Vidal might not believe all the dots it connects among Arnold Schwarzenegger, Enron’s former CEO, Kenneth Lay, and the California energy rip-off. It’s…
Posted in Straight Up on October 5, 2003 02:42 PM

Why Arnold Is Good For Republican Party, California
Arnold has flaws, sure, but for the most part, they’re no different than former President Bill Clinton’s. His flaws, though, take a back seat to the fact that he could be just what the Republican Party and California need to save themselves from themselves.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 5, 2003 11:34 AM

‘LITTLE ADOLF’ SCHWARZENEGGER
Have the chickens begun to roost? There probably wasn’t a pre-adolescent boy growing up in America in the immediate aftermath of World War II
Posted by Jan Herman on October 04, 2003 11:06 AM

Arnold A Pig, But Not A Racist Pig
Arnold is definitely a power-mad pig, but at least we can pretty sure he’s not a racist pig.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 4, 2003 10:29 PM

More women come forward with tales of abuse by Schwarzenegger
The L.A. Times editors have said their seven-week investigation of Arnold’s harassing behavior turned up many more stories than the six incidents they wrote about Thursday, but those other stories didn’t meet their standards: The editors insisted that they talk…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 4, 2003 01:06 PM

Schwarzenegger’s plans: “I’ll learn when I get in there.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger admits to the New York Times today that he is asking Californians for on-the-job training: “I’m not the smartest guy in the world. No, but I’ll learn when I get in there, first is the commitment. Like bodybuilding,…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 3, 2003 11:38 PM

It’s not a circus, it’s a zoo in the California recall
Is Arnold losing his grip on the Governor’s mansion?
Posted in Blogcritics on October 3, 2003 09:18 PM

Gray Davis, Closet Wacko
In 1997, Jill Stewart revealed much about the personal character of then-Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 3, 2003 06:28 PM

Recall Governor Schwarzenegger!
If the Davis recall succeeds, and especially if Schwarzenegger is the replacement, a new recall drive is more than just likely–it’s already in the works.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 3, 2003 01:40 PM

Schwarzenegger’s half-apology angers Hollywood
As did just about anyone who has actually been on a movie set, I knew that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s implicit excuse that the film sets on which he groped unwilling women were “rowdy” (and hence allowed that sort of behavior) was complete bullshit.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 3, 2003 01:04 PM

Surprise! Arnold and the Times
Susan Estrich analyzes the L.A. Times’ Arnold stories that are causing such a kerfuffle.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 3, 2003 11:57 AM

The Recall Quagmire
Today’s Times piece is devastating. It paints a dark picture of our future governor. He is a man who doesn’t root for the underdog, like most of us do; rather he teases and tortures the weak and the powerless.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 3, 2003 02:33 AM

Schwarzenegger: ‘I’m deeply sorry’
In response to the L.A. Times story, Arnold has suddenly decided he is sorry for his past misogynistic behavior. L.A. Times again: Responding to a report that he has inappropriately touched six women, one as recently as in 2000, Arnold…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 2, 2003 02:16 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Gropenator
Arnold had hoped that the short run-up to the election would keep his past from coming to light. But an avalanche of revelations begins today.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 2, 2003 02:56 AM

Schwarzenegger Constitutional Amendment Hatched
Remember the “Schwarzenegger Presidential Library” in “Demolition Man”? It’s Baaaack! Sen. Orrin Hatch has introduced a constitutional amendment that would allow Arnold Schwarzenegger to become president. (Hell, I’m not sure I even want him as governor of California, unless the…
Posted in Blogcritics on September 28, 2003 11:22 AM

CALIFORNIA RECALL: IT’S A GOOD THING.
And last night’s debate wasn’t all bad either. Here’s my personal scorecard: Arianna Huffington: Seemed to think that she was in the Presidential election and kept going after President Bush (who wasn’t in the debate, for all you non-left-coasters :-)….
Posted in Blogcritics on September 25, 2003 12:43 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger would like to shove Arianna Huffington’s head into a toilet
Wait…wait…wait. Did he really say that? Did he really SAY THAT? Way to court the estrogen demo, Arnie.
Posted in Blogcritics on September 25, 2003 02:00 AM

AND THEY’RE OFF!
The California gubernatorial debate is happening right now. Arnold has finally decided to appear. From the outset, Bustamonte seeems the one best informed. Not surprising, since he’s actually involved in the government right now. I don’t usually watch debates like…
Posted in Blogcritics on September 24, 2003 09:25 PM

Special Election
So I am finally taking a late lunch break from feverish 9/11 debates, keyboard punching, emotional fluctuations between profound sadness and eternal hope, and I pick up the Circuits secton of today’s NY Times, and goddamn if there isn’t the…
Posted in Blogcritics on September 11, 2003 04:58 PM

Robbie Conal’s Art Attack on Arnold
Hopefully this Robbie Conal poster will appear all over California as he travels the state on his book tour which starts tonight in LA and comes to Diesel in Oakland on September 24th and City Lights in San Francisco…
Posted in Blogcritics on September 10, 2003 03:56 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger really IS a machine
Arnold continues to impress me with his campaign performance.
Posted in Blogcritics on September 4, 2003 02:25 AM

Arnold on gun control
In a 1981 interview with Penthouse, Schwarzenegger — who has come out in favor of gun control — detailed how he was strongly against gun control
Posted in Blogcritics on August 31, 2003 06:35 AM

Another Schwarzenegger racist connection
“As whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night?”
Posted in Blogcritics on August 13, 2003 04:41 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger nude photo
Yes, this really is a photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger naked as a jaybird. No, I will not reveal where I got it. Yes, during the period in which this picture was taken Arnold Schwarzenegger did take lots and lots of…
Posted in Blogcritics on August 12, 2003 03:50 PM

Battle of the Bulges
The Specious Report strikes again with a debate between California gubernatorial candidates Arnold Schwarnenegger and Sunset Strip scenester Angelyne: It has been theorized that someone could win this election with as little as 12% of the vote. Will your campaign…
Posted in Blogcritics on August 11, 2003 12:40 PM

Arnold’s problem
There IS a school of philosophical thought which holds that there is no problem which cannot be solved by a sufficient charge of explosives.
Posted in Blogcritics on August 10, 2003 05:21 PM

Arrogant Schwarzenegger
Yikes! Arnold’s performance on the Today show was so clueless it even made me feel bad for him. I think people are about to discover exactly what a movie star is like as a person–and it’s not what they think….
Posted in Blogcritics on August 8, 2003 01:51 PM

Schwarzenegger’s masterful announcement
I found myself thinking of Valentine Michael Smith in Stranger in a Strange Land setting up his martyrdom scene with perfect carnie timing, waiting for just the moment to turn the tip- getting maximum impact on the marks.
Posted in Blogcritics on August 7, 2003 05:23 AM

Total recall
Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on the Tonight Show that he is running for governor in the California recall after weeks of speculation he would sit it out. Arnold is now on live local news not looking very impressive. He doesn’t look…
Posted in Blogcritics on August 6, 2003 08:34 PM

Running Man?
Arnold clears out $450K of past campaign debt in two nights. He is poised to run for governor of California if Gray Davis is recalled: In twin “Terminator 3″ events last month, Schwarzenegger used his star power to help raise…
Posted in Blogcritics on July 17, 2003 12:31 PM

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