Actually, this story sounds somewhat familiar, doesnt it? Media figure turned political candidate. I am suddenly brought back in time to a point in Minnesotas 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 isnt most of this just our perceptions being clouded once again by the media vultures? It shouldnt 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, hed probably be accused of having a fling with Mother Teresa.
Schwarzeneggers 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 medias lineup. Whats 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 guys got stamina, an accent, and a wife to stand by him through the tabloid cruelty of his supposedly roaming hands. When its all said and done, he got the people to vote, he won, and President Bush himself called to extend congrats.
I cant 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. Lets just hope his brains are as impressive as his maintained braun for all our sakes.