Debra J. Saunders

Then, there's Schwarzenegger. In a bonehead moment during the campaign, Schwarzenegger told NBC's Tom Brokaw that he would look into the sexual harassment allegations after the election and "get into all of these specifics."

Let that be a lesson for the governor-elect: Think before you make big promises that tie up your staff in Gordian knots. To make it look as if Schwarzenegger actually meant what he said, his spokesman, Rob Stutzman, told reporters that Team Arnold would hire a private investigator.

My advice: Don't make this mistake. Schwarzenegger has already told the public, "I have done things that were not right, which I thought then was playful." Disclosing the dirty details as to which boorish episodes were true, and which were not, can only result in more old-sleaze stories. Yuk.

The voters have a sense for how long bad deeds should haunt a public man; they elected Schwarzenegger. The women in the L.A. Times' stories had a chance to file complaints; they passed.

Which means: Only Schwarzenegger can hurt Schwarzenegger. His first act as governor should be to announce that he's not going to respond to what amounts to gossip. The authorities can investigate if they actually have cause, but he has work to do.

Debra J. Saunders

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