Schwarzenegger's interviews reveal a man without a moral center. He didn't admit to fathering his housekeeper's son until after he left office, reportedly during a session with a marriage counselor. Lesley Stahl asked him why he didn't tell Maria about the affair. "I didn't know how," he said. Sure he did. It's something like Lauren Bacall telling Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in "To Have and Have Not." He simply had to open his mouth and tell her. Was it political expediency that kept him quiet? What other explanation could there be?
Does he care nothing about his children and the message he has sent them? Apparently not, or he would have behaved more responsibly.
Next up is Monica Lewinsky. She reportedly is writing a book about her liaisons with Bill Clinton. "Affair" doesn't seem the right word for assignations so transitory, does it? What additional detail does the public need to have? Those we were given were sleazy enough to prompt mothers of young children to shield them from news coverage for months on end. Lewinsky's writing the book for the money. Apparently, the handbags she designed failed to catch on.
Richard Nixon couldn't get away with "mistakes were made" when his press secretary, Ron Ziegler, tried explaining the Watergate affair. But Arnold Schwarzenegger thinks he can get away with this. In today's "anything goes" climate, maybe he's right.
The cultural condemnation for this behavior long ago went into retreat. Still, if you want to support fidelity while showing disapproval for Schwarzenegger's behavior, don't buy his book, or Monica's. Schwarzenegger's book might have been more accurately titled, "Total Reprobate." Reprobate: "A depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person."
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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