Zoos are where they keep the animals, aren't they? Well, my state is starting to look like one. If you haven't read the story yet, it's in the L. A. Times:
Women Say Schwarzenegger Groped, Humiliated Them
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Was the timing on the story politically-motivated? Highly likely, but so what? That's not a defense against the content.
The story describes half a dozen alleged incidents involving Arnold Schwarzenegger and different women. The incidents extend from about 30 years ago to as recently as 2000. The allegations include reaching into blouses and under skirts. Parts of the story are too disgusting to repeat in civilized company. The incidents carry a strong thread of someone with power using it to sexually harass women, and some incidents may be, at least technically, criminal "assaults" and/or "sexual battery."
Schwarzenegger campaign workers initially denied the story.
Arnold himself admitted to the story without going into details, saying: "If I offended anyone, I apologize."
"If"? "Offended"? Say "oops" and everything is okay?
I don't think so.
What to do? It boils down to two questions to ask before voting in the recall:
1. Do you think this is the right kind of person to clean up Sacramento?
2. And do we really need another politician whose idea of honesty and morality is to say "mea culpa" once s/he is caught? "Oops, sorry" doesn't cut it for anyone else, why should it work for politicians?
Luckily, there's a better choice on the ballot already: