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ISSUE 117 VOL 5 PUBLISHED 10/17/2003

"Total Recall" favors actor

By Amanda Swanson
Contributing Writer


Friday, October 17, 2003

I would like to extend my personal congratulations to Arnold Schwarzenegger for doing exactly what everyone knew he would: winning the race for governor of California. Come now, are any of us really that surprised? I know I’m not. Whether or not he is the best man for the job never had anything to do with it. He didn’t draw the state's highest voter turnout in 23 years because of his political platform; more people voted because they had the opportunity to vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger, everyone’s favorite destruction-savvy, buff hero. He may be a pro-choice, pro-death penalty, NRA-loving Republican, but all these faults aside, you have to give credit to a man who could probably bench press your immediate family.

Actually, this story sounds somewhat familiar, doesn’t it? Media figure turned political candidate. I am suddenly brought back in time to a point in Minnesota’s history when the voters were so sick and tired of partisan politics that the most unconventional candidate of all was elected governor. The really scary thing is that Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger have acted together and are friends. May God have mercy on Californian souls.

Naturally, being a celebrity and a candidate for governor in one of the most influential states in the electoral college system, tabloid trash was bound to catch up with Schwarzenegger before the election came to an end. Six women, who came into contact with him on movie sets, studio offices, and other settings over the past three decades have come forward saying he touched them in a sexual manner without their consent. In four of these six cases, friends or relatives of the “victims” claim the women told them about the incidents long before Schwarzenegger's run for governor.

However, none of these women approached the media on their own, and none have filed any legal action against him. Suspicious? Sure, Arnie may sometimes come across as sexist or even misogynistic, but isn’t most of this just our perceptions being clouded once again by the media vultures? It shouldn’t surprise anyone that something came forward about Schwarzenegger's possible past obscenities, because it happens to even the most upstanding candidates for political office. If the Pope ran for President of the United States, he’d probably be accused of having a fling with Mother Teresa.

Schwarzenegger’s win in the governor's recall race was front-page news around the world, but you can put money on how quickly his grope-happy hands will wither and die in the media’s lineup. What’s important is the fact that California now has a new governor.

How Schwarzenegger managed to run a campaign and star in “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” at the same time is beyond me, but if he can still kick butt at 56, maybe California has a chance after all. Hey, the guy’s got stamina, an accent, and a wife to stand by him through the tabloid cruelty of his supposedly roaming hands. When it’s all said and done, he got the people to vote, he won, and President Bush himself called to extend congrats.

I can’t say what the future will bring, but past actions – assuming what those women said about Schwarzenegger is true – did not affect his campaign, and should have no bearing on his successes or failures as governor. Let’s just hope his brains are as impressive as his maintained braun – for all our sakes.


Contributing Writer Amanda Swanson is a first year from Detroit Lakes, Minn. She majors in English.


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