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It’s not a circus, it’s a zoo in the California recall

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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

[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
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:

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
me, Maria.]

And last night, Fox’s"On the Record" showed
U.S. Congressman David Dreier, co-chairman of the Schwarzenegger for Governor
campaign, saying:

"It’s an attack on the people of California."

Agreed.

But just who is doing the attacking, Mr. D.?

What
do you think?

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  • mike

    I think it’s in the bag for Arnold. He probably needs only 35-40% of the vote to get elected, and so it doesn’t matter if the other 60-65% go elsewhere. Davis is just too far underwater for the recall to fail. All these last minute revelations may even help Arnold by convincing some people that the liberal media is out to get him.

    Governor Steriod. It’s creepy, but it’s unfortunately unavoidable. Get used to it.

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    Unfortunately, it is avoidable.

    The majority of Democrats have decided to deep-six the current gov, but not all of those are going to vote for Arnold.

    Today’s revelations will probably reduce the number of party-switchers.

    Enough for Bustamante to win? Nobody knows.

    And what’s creepy to me is that rather than Arnold, we may get Bustamante and the recall will have moved us from the frying pan into the fire.

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

    At least voting for Bustamante would make some sense. While I understand why CA’s recall laws were written as they were, under any other circumstances, Bustamante would step up to replace Davis.

    In fact, a more noble politician might have fallen on his sword and resigned when the recall effort began, putting Bustmante in the big chair already, but Davis probably thought his odds were better than they’ve turned out to be, based on both his personal past history and the history of recall efforts in CA in general. For that matter, the election isn’t over for another four days.

    It’s too late now, I think. Even if Davis resigned Monday, I’m not sure if the election would be off or not. It’s an interesting legal question, no? Bustmante might find himself filling the seat for only one day before becoming a lame-duck Governor. But then again, it might be the push he needs to get more votes than Schwarzenegger, too.

  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    “At least voting for Bustamante would make some sense.” (3)

    In what way?

    Bustamante is just a “pipeline to power” for special interests and that’s one of the biggest problems in state government already. Making him governor wouldn’t improve California politics nor the economy nor anything else, and I don’t see the sense in that.

  • mike

    The New York Times has “revised” its interpretation of Arnold’s remarks about Hitler. The remarks appear to be far more benign (although still pig headed) than originally reported. Arnold comes across as a dufus, not a Nazi.

    NY Times

    So I say it’s Gov. Arnold on Tuesday night. Too bad. Thank God I no longer live in California.

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