17 July 2005

Old wine in new bottles

You'd think if you hired an ex-Mr. Universe as governor that you'd at least be getting a fresh new approach, but Ahnold is evidently cut from the same cloth as his other Republican brethren (not that the Dems are squeaky clean on this issue either). Our freund Ahnold was recently forced to defend his contract with body-building magazines after a securities disclosure filed this week showed he would be paid at least $1 million a year for five years as a consultant. What in the hell does being a "consultant" mean if someone's the governor? Are we really supposed to believe that Ahnold has so much time between goobernatorial tasks and weight-lifting sessions that he can sit around with magazine editors and give them expert advice on how to run a magazine? I don't know about you, but when I hear the word "consultant" used in a collocation with "politician," bright red neurons in my brain start firing in random sequences. The governor, the great ubermensch himself, took the time to educate the electorate, telling us "sometimes there's two different things — there's reality and there's perception, and perception is very powerful." (Perhaps Bush should have used this as the motto on the ship banner instead of "mission accomplished" but that's another issue...)



Other bloggers have weighed in on Ahnold...

The California Conservative, discussing Ahnold's poll numbers, insists that only a real man can ignore the will of the electorate. When I read such drivel, I feel like telling everyone to simply adopt the system they want. We basically need to return to a monarchy so these people will find the eternal action-daddy figure they require. We'd basically have the same system--grants and favors to and from property-owning aristocracy, a leadership not dependent on the fickle will of the people, manly leaders who do mysterious things in mysterious far-off places and only inform us when it's time to grab a sword and rush some fortresss. But we'd get a helluva lot more paegantry for our buck.

3 comments:

The Continental Op said...

In the face of massive criticism, the Governator has buckled and announced that he'll stop taking payments from these rags. As I understand it, he'll continue to serve as an unpaid "editor".

The Continental Op said...

In the face of massive criticism, the Governator has buckled and announced that he'll stop taking payments from these rags. As I understand it, he'll continue to serve as an unpaid "editor".

Karlo said...

I guess with his superhuman powers, it only takes a few hours a day to run a big state like California. He even finds time to work as humble "editor."