Larry Elder

 Schwarzenegger asked Democrat actor Rob Lowe to drum up celebrity support for him in Tinseltown. But, so far, few takers. According to USA Today, Clint Eastwood refused to take Lowe's phone calls. Barbra Streisand? Please. Actor/singer Vanessa Williams and actor/comedian Tom Arnold made positive remarks about Schwarzenegger, but stopped well short of endorsing him. A panic-stricken actress Cybill Shepherd said of the prospect of Governor Arnold, "That would be the worst tragedy in the history of California."

 The Los Angeles Times reported that Schwarzenegger asked his agency, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), for their support and aid in enlisting some of their big name celebrity clients to endorse his campaign. CAA client Tom Hanks, according to the New York Post, (although later denied by Hanks) allegedly criticized the agency for aligning themselves with Schwarzenegger's campaign. CAA denied the Times' story: "As official company policy, Creative Artists Agency does not endorse political candidates." Really? In 1999 and 2000, the agency gave $50,000 to Democratic committees.

 Shortly after Schwarzenegger's announcement to run, the "Today Show's" Katie Couric, in an interview with a Democratic strategist, posed the following editorial-disguised-as-a-question, " . . . He's admitted smoking marijuana, using steroids during his body-building career. He's the son of a Nazi party member.
. . . Through his publicist he's denied allegations published in Premiere magazine, in March 2001, that he sexually harassed women and committed infidelity."

 Why not just shoot him?

 Will Couric give the when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife treatment to Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, the only prominent Democrat on the replacement part of the ballot? After all, as a college student, Bustamante joined an organization called MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan; translated: Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan). MEChA's goal? The "re-conquest" of America's Southwest. And to this day, Bustamante refuses to renounce his one-time association with the organization. Also, while addressing a group of black trade unionists during 2001's Black History Month, Bustamante inexplicably referred to them by the "N" word.

 So Republicans, despite reservations about Schwarzenegger, appear ready to support him. Hollywood liberals, on the other hand, cannot stomach a Schwarzenegger in the governor's mansion, though he and they share virtually identical social views.

 For Hollywood libs, even the "Terminator" cannot overcome his biggest liability -- the big, fat, Republican "R" in front of his name.


Larry Elder

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