Carol Platt Liebau: From Governator to Girly-Man

Friday, June 16, 2006

From Governator to Girly-Man

Today on his radio show, Hugh Hewitt interviewed Governor Schwarzenegger (transcript at Radioblogger).

What a disappointment the Governor has become. As I've noted here and here, ever since he lost the 2005 initiatives, the Governator has morphed into a girly-man -- where doing the right thing isn't as important as doing something that will (1) get him reelected and (2) allow him to declare something (anything!) a success as a result of his tenure.

In any case, on the radio today, he was literally unable to name a single prominent conservative in his circle of advisors (note that the result would be quite different if he had been asked to name a liberal). But what was most amazing is that he became petulant when Hugh Hewitt dared press him on the issue despite his evasions -- it was as if he was surprised that a conservative radio talk show host would have the temerity to ask why he's failed to include even a single prominent conservative in his circle of advisors.

Obviously, Arnold doesn't feel that he needs conservatives in order to win. But what's remarkable is that he's continuing to make one of the same miscalculations that contributed to his loss last November -- overestimating his own charm and underestimating the extent to which the press (left and right) is willing to ask tough questions.

Of course I'm still going to vote for him in November; what's the alternative? But I'd be much happier about it (and much more active) if the Governor were willing to brave the wrath of his wife and the liberal establishment by at least giving conservative views a hearing.

How sad to see someone with so much potential squander it so thoroughly.


Blogger stackja1945 said...

Again his wife must take most of the credit.

10:46 PM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...

Republicans thought they were electing a leader and ended up with just a celebrity.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Poison Pero said...

I heard the interview, and it was a weak 9 minutes if there ever was one.......Arnold went on with Hugh Hewitt, but acted like he was hanging out with Larry King.

That said, Arnie iw much better than Davis and any other Dem who would be Gov.......Unfortunately, this is what we are stuck with opting for.

11:10 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

You said it -- you're going to vote for him, because you don't really have a choice. So why should he waste any breath pandering to the right -- which is a minority in this state -- when he has them locked up no matter what? Especially if that means alienating the rest of the voters, as he did when he tried to play conservative a year ago.

And since he doesn't actually seem to have any real ideology -- or philosophy, or core values -- it costs him nothing to toss you guys overboard. Which is why he'll almost certainly be re-elected.

This is what happens when you elect an actor, in my mind. With some exceptions -- and yes, I'll give you the sainted Mr. Reagan -- most of them operate from a deep need to be universally loved.

2:52 PM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

wrabkin: Forget actor, most career politicians "operate from a deep need to be universally loved." That goes for both sides of the aisle.

3:57 PM  
Blogger amber said...

Pioneer, I agree, unfortunately it is rare we elect someone who is who they are.

10:48 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...


I agree with you that this description applies to most politicians as well. It's not easy to start a life in politics. (It looks easy, because we see the Pombos and Doolittles and Jeffersons of the world raking in illegal cash with no oversight, but these are the guys who have made it to the top -- it's like judging the life of an average actor by looking at Tom Cruise...) You need a strong motivation, and most of them do crave the adulation. But I do believe that actors are even more motivated by this, and when you combine the two professions into one...

1:45 PM  

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