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Governor Terminator

oulevin

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Ahhnold defied speculation and announced his candidacy for the grab bag that is the California governor's office. Unless some other California heavy shows up, it seems to be his race to lose. Yes, he's Hollywood and has no experience in public office, but if he puts a good staff together, works a pragmatic agenda that appeals to members of both parties, he just may pull of a successful stint.
 

Chet

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Why on earth would he want to step into the Kennedy Curse? :)
 

Greenescapist

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I thought for sure Maria had talked him out of it. I just watched him on CNN and he sounded pretty good, but this is before the press and other candidates launch their attack. His immigrant story might resonate with some voters.

I also heard Ariana and I was pretty impressed with her. I would think she'd play better in CA, like how well Sens Feinstein and Boxer do.
 

Chet

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Greenescapist said:
His immigrant story might resonate with some voters.
Just think - he'd be the first governor to show his arse on the big screen.
 

pete-rock

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Chet said:
Just think - he'd be the first governor to show his arse on the big screen.
If Ahhnold couldn't handle 5-year olds in "Kindergarten Cop," how is going to handle the California Assembly?
 

H

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pete-rock said:
If Ahhnold couldn't handle 5-year olds in "Kindergarten Cop," how is going to handle the California Assembly?
Its noht a tuuuumah!!!!!!!!;)
 

JNL

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Does anyone else remember a reference in 'Demolition Man' to the Schwarzenegger Library or something - it was explained in the movie that he had been US president. But it was intended as a joke! Truth may be stranger than fiction.....
 

Wulf9

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Guffaw away. What we do in California now, you will be doing five years from now.

And you'll be loving it.
 

Duke Of Dystopia

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Hell, Jesse THE BODY got passing marks in Minnesota, Its worth handing it to him. The GOP has nothing to loose. If they put a heavy hitter in and he fails, hes done for, so put in the new guy with the name as hamburger meat. Who knows, he just might pull it off.

On another note, our politicians should have a little more background than just "I have a law dagree so I am qualified". Background unspecified because you can have lagitimate goals and ideas without being a professional policy wonk/beuracrat.

to Gray Davis, "Get Ooouuut!" :)
 

gkmo62u

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He already has used the "asta la vista baby" quote. That's going to get tired pretty soon.

Former republican actors from Cali have a pretty good track record.

Be interesting to watch.
 

Mud Princess

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This morning on NPR, a commentator was asked about the strengths and weaknesses of Ahhhnold's candidacy. The reply (which was serious!) was something like, "He's a robot who kills people. That could hurt his campaign."

It's a MOVIE, you idiot!!! :)
 

PlannerGirl

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Hey at least watching this play out might be funny and thus break the boring "the economy sucks" stuff
 

el Guapo

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What other stars in the movie Predator will run for office? That is the true question. Will it be Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, or Sonny Landham?
 

Michele Zone

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JNL said:
Does anyone else remember a reference in 'Demolition Man' to the Schwarzenegger Library or something - it was explained in the movie that he had been US president. But it was intended as a joke! Truth may be stranger than fiction.....
We would have to change some laws for him to be Prez: no immigrants allowed. But, hey, I think everyone else can just drop out of the California Governor's race now. ;)
 

Repo Man

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You know what's going to happen, Gray Davis will win the recall. There are so many hats in the ring now that votes are going to be dispersed all over the place. I read that Gary Coleman is running too.
 

Joe Iliff

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Kids POV

My wife used to teach 4th grade here in Texas, where you have to learn about Texas government and history. Luckily, our governor's names have been pretty easy to spell recently (Richards, Bush, Perry).

I imagine the teachers in CA would have to teach their kids to spell S-C-H-W-A-R-Z-E-N-E-G-G-E-R. That's tough for a 4th grader.

Also, some of them may have to explain to the kids that he's not really a robot from the future who kills people.

Also, were he to become governor, I wonder what would happen to the picture of the governor that's usually prominently displayed in state office buildings. Would they post pictures of his various characters, or pictures of him from his bodybuilding days? Would the caption read "Our Governor", or one of his famous movie lines? Would a normal picture be the target of vandals drawing in those terminator shades?

What about if he served a couple of terms and they erected a statue of him on the capital grounds? I can see that being a tourist attraction and/or subject of vandalism. Vandals might be wrapping the statue with a black leather jacket, putting on the black shades or the one red eyeball thing, putting firearms in his hands, etc..

(Note: I'm not advocating any of these things, just speculating.)
 

donk

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It is true Gary Coleman is running.

Is his summation in the debates going to be

"Whatchu talkin' 'bout gray"?
 

Seabishop

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Assumming Arnold knows his stuff these other celebrities like Larry Flynt and Gary Coleman just make him look like another unqualified celebrity. The more celebrities run, the more the career politicians look good.

You've got to give Arnold credit for being a republican married into the Kennedy's. I guess it helps during family political debates if you're a former body building champion.
 

Richmond Jake

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Oh, how I pity my home state. Things will only get worse if Arnold or Anna win. What a waste.
 

Suburb Repairman

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I really don't buy the "lack of experience" arguement against Arnold. Sometimes the best way to fix a political problem is to bring in a fresh perspective from an outsider. Being in Texas, I don't keep up with Cali politics, but I know enough to say with some confidence that the status quo in Sacramento needs to go (and I mean both parties). My first impression of Arnold is pretty positive; he seems to have a good vision for the future of California. I think he's smart enough to know that to be successful he must surround himself with people that can implement his vision. Even though I tend to vote democrat, based on first impressions Arnold would get my vote. I'm not worried about Arnold being too conservative either; after all, his wife of several years is a democrat, and you don't stay married for that long without listening to your wife at least a little bit! ;) I'm predicting Arnold will be fairly moderate when it comes to policy making. Of course I'm from Texas, so it's not like I can brag about our state government either!
 

Duke Of Dystopia

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Re: Kids POV

Joe Iliff said:
Vandals might be wrapping the statue with a black leather jacket, putting on the black shades or the one red eyeball thing, putting firearms in his hands, etc..
Those people would not be VANDALS, they would be impromptu artists.

Finally, we could get some interesting public art that would be worth the price of having. Just imagine the VANDALS running around all willy nilly, redoing their flagrant acts of public desecration every couple of days to keep the stautue fresh. All without public funding of the redocoration job.

THOSE BASTARDS!
 

Mud Princess

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donk said:
It is true] Gary Coleman is running.
It seems like EVERYONE is running for governor. All you need are 65 signatures and $3,500. Or was it $1,500?

How do they fit all these names on the ballot?
 

BiteMeElmo

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Yeah, I can see it now:

Arnold: "Uh'll be beck"
Coleman: "Whatchoo talkin bout Arnold?"
Flynt: "F**k you both".
 

donk

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The funniest item I saw on everyone running for governor was an unemployed person who is on the ballot. Her response was she has applied for every other job available and is just as qualified as the other candidates.
 

prudence

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Possible Trivia Question??

If elected, would Arnold be the only Governor in the Guiness Book of World Records?
 

pete-rock

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Just heard on NPR:

"Arnold is "The Running Man" in California's "Total Recall" election.

October 8th cannot come soon enough.
 

oulevin

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Repo, the recall ballot is actually a two-parter: you first have to agree to the recall; if you don't you cannot vote for a candidate, the second part. You can choose if you favor the recall. All Gray Davis has to do is up the recall unfavorablility rating. It currently stands somewhere around 40%. If it hits above 50%, and voters accordingly vote no for the recall, Davis is safe -- no matter if the others are Democrats, Republicans, movie stars, child actors, smut peddlers, commentators, porn stars, Olympic chairmen.......

I wouldn't be surprised if Bozo the Clown and a trapeze artist join the fray...
 

Richmond Jake

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pete-rock said:
"Arnold is "The Running Man" in California's "Total Recall" election.
The man can't even pronounce California....comes out something like "Coll-ee-forna."
 

michaelskis

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Chet said:
Why on earth would he want to step into the Kennedy Curse? :)

I think that he is working around that. Maybe the opposite will happen, being that he is running as a Republican
 

michaelskis

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JNL said:
Does anyone else remember a reference in 'Demolition Man' to the Schwarzenegger Library or something - it was explained in the movie that he had been US president. But it was intended as a joke! Truth may be stranger than fiction.....

There would have to be some major changes. If I remember correctly, a presidential candidate must be born in the US, on US territory, or US military base.
 

Tom R

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Re: Re: Arnold who?!

SkeLeton said:
Good way to bring up the "economy" of California... the fiscal deficit would be over in no time :p ;)
There's a rarity, an upfront politition.
 

BiteMeElmo

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Re: Possible Trivia Question??

prudence said:
If elected, would Arnold be the only Governor in the Guiness Book of World Records?
What was Arnold in Guinness for?
 

donk

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On a different note, after reading the sandwich story I scrolled down and found that the odds makers are giving arnold 5:9 odds,

Cruz Bustamante at 7:5,
Bill Simon at 5:1,
Peter Ueberroth at 8:1.
Larry Flynt is a dark horse at 30:1,
Gary Coleman at 50:1.
 

Mud Princess

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OT: Do you guys really find Mary Carey attractive??? Good God, having to look at that photo not once but three times in one thread... blech, I don't see the appeal.
 

Cardinal

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Mud Princess said:
OT: Do you guys really find Mary Carey attractive??? Good God, having to look at that photo not once but three times in one thread... blech, I don't see the appeal.
I agree. Maybe they like her for her acting ability?
 
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