Just Who is this Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Arnold Schwarzenegger did a swing on the DC fun ride this weekend.  And, of course, he did his standard trip of the Sunday talk shows.  This week it was ABC’s this week to look on endearingly as Arnold spills a load of bull all over the ground.

Apparently when Arnold enters the Eastern time zone, he becomes all magically magnanimous towards Democrats. Apparently, if you talk trash about your own party, it’s big news in DC. There were a whole slew of stories about Arnold trashing the GOP. There’s Arnold on the stimulus:

“I find it interesting that you have a lot of the Republicans running around and pushing back on stimulus money and saying this doesn’t create any new jobs, and then they go out and do photo-ops and they’re posing with the big check and they say, ‘Isn’t this great! Look the kind of money I provide here for the state! And this is great money to create jobs, and this has created 10,000 new jobs, and this has created 20,000 new jobs,'” Schwarzenegger said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It doesn’t match up.” (The Hill)

And Arnold on Health Care and the President:

And he sided with Obama, saying it would be wrong to start all over in preparing health-care legislation for Congress to consider.

“I think any Republican that says you should start from scratch, I think that’s bogus talk, and that’s partisan talk,” the governor told reporters.

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“It was truly encouraging to see him being so interested in talking about job creation being his number-one priority,” Schwarzenegger said.(CapAlert)

Now, there’s two ways to read this. Either it’s just Arnold doing what Arnold does best, play showman, or it’s Arnold beginning to angle for some sort of position in the Administration.

Look, Arnold has always been something of a wild card, in terms of what he says, but when it comes to where the rubber hits the road in Sacramento, he’s the CalChamber’s go-to guy. He sides with corporations over people, and fights for corporate tax cuts while MediCal is slashed. Hardly the great bipartisan hope that some would like to depict.  

5 thoughts on “Just Who is this Arnold Schwarzenegger?”

  1. Last time he went there, he got Biden proclaiming him to be the least partisan person he knew. DC is mesmerized by him it seems.

  2. It’s amazing to watch people respond to Schwarzenegger. Because he’s a movie star, they don’t notice that he’s spewing nothing more than a steady stream of sound bites that are completely inconsistent with his actions. He can’t articulate any of these snippets into even a paragraph of coherent speech, but he’s an action hero, and people fight to get close to him.

    Watching this in action is incredible.

  3. Arnie doesn’t do anything without a self-serving reason.  I think he knows he needs all the Federal money he can get for California – only because if the deficit can be reduced, he won’t have the masses demanding tax increases.  God forbid his weathly corporate cronies end up having to pay more (or any) income/property tax.  

    I do agree however, that he might be angling for some administrative job in DC.  You can tell just by watching him how much he loves being in front of the cameras.

  4. What Arnie says and what Arnie does have rarely matched up. Under the category of it takes one to know one, he is surely well qualified to recognize the behavior in others.

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