August 14, 2003

Total Recall

California newspapers have pumped up their political coverage in the wake of Arnold Schwarzenegger's entry into the state's gubernatorial race. Today we have:

Schwarzennegger cartoonVoters don't read - Tim Rutten in the L.A. Times, quoting CNN political analyst William Schneider: "Voters don't care what's in the political press. And, in fact, the voters Schwarzenegger needs most, young people and independents, don't read newspapers. He's going to go around the political press and speak directly through them, through the vehicle of his celebrity and the access it gives him to the entertainment media and foreign press." [ Read it ]

Schwarzenegger's dad was a worse Nazi than we thought - L.A. Times: "One document in particular shows that Gustav Schwarzenegger was indeed a member of the Sturmabteilungen, also known as the "storm troopers" or "brown shirts." [ Read it ]

Arianna Huffington's no-tax tax bill - L.A. Times: "TV commentator and author Arianna Huffington, who launched her campaign for governor with criticism of "fat cats" who fail to shoulder a fair share of taxes, paid no individual state income tax and just $771 in federal taxes during the last two years, her tax returns show." [ Read it ]

In the movies, Arnold has said bad things about women - S.F. Chronicle: "In the movie 'Total Recall,' Schwarzenegger puts a bullet through the head of his on-screen wife, who is trying to kill him as well, and says without remorse: 'Consider that a divorce.'" [ Read it ]

Cowboys like Arnold's style - S.F. Chronicle: "A lot of people in Bakersfield say they do not know why they are for him, either. He looks good, like a $300 Stetson of genuine beaver with a fresh "Telescope" crease on top, even if there is no cowboy underneath." [ Read it ]

Schwarzenegger's a Republicrat - S.F. Chronicle: " 'Arnold Schwarzenegger is not a conservative -- period,'" talk show host Rush Limbaugh told his millions of listeners this week. But as Limbaugh later explained in an interview, 'That does not mean that he is not worthy.'" [ Read it ]

Blogger's "open-book" debate idea - Sacramento Bee: "This isn't official, but I have also been told that the debate organizers have adopted my proposal to publish the debate questions in advance." [ Read it ]

Politics makes dirty bedfellows - Sacramento Bee: "He's vowed to "clean up Sacramento," but Arnold Schwarzenegger has hired a handful of campaign consultants who were heavily involved in the scandal that drove disgraced state Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush from office." [ Read it ]

A big Green hug - San Jose Mercury News: "Arianna Huffington and Green Party candidate Peter Miguel Camejo agreed Wednesday to work together to galvanize liberal voters." [ Read it ]

Posted by Tim Porter at August 14, 2003 07:35 AM