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:
Say Schwarzenegger Groped, Humiliated Them
[Times requires registration, but it's free and
they don't spam]
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
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:
Republican Senator McClintock. California’s broken; he can fix
it. And tell a friend – maybe you can make it a clean sweep.
Since the story broke, the candidate’s wife
has been quoted as saying that the sexual misconduct allegations (which
Arnold admits are more
than allegations) "show why really good people don’t want to go into
politics anymore." [Ironically, that does explain the candidacy to
And last night, Fox’s"On the Record" showed
U.S. Congressman David Dreier, co-chairman of the Schwarzenegger for Governor
"It’s an attack on the people of California."
But just who is doing the attacking, Mr. D.?
do you think?