16 August 2003

Neither my mother nor Maria is allowed to go out with me in pants

Skeletons continue popping out of Arnold Schwarzenegger's closet.
During hundreds of interviews over three decades to promote 28 starring movie roles, the cameras rolled and the tape recorders were on as he openly smoked marijuana, acknowledged his Nazi father and admitted to steroid use. No doubt he wasn't thinking about his future constituents in Berkeley when he unloaded this comment on appropriate attire for women:

"I hate pants. This is something I have inherited from my father," the actor told Playboy magazine in 1988. "He despised pants, and my mother was never allowed to wear them at home. We're talking about a different time period now, when the man was much more the ruler of the house. But I still feel that way, and neither my mother nor Maria is allowed to go out with me in pants."

Not that smoking pot or gobbling up steroids should automatically disqualify him from office. But the womanizing, admiration for Kurt Waldheim, and the heavy handed treatment of any reporters probing his personal life should sound a shrill alarm.


I seriously doubt it. These are the sort of personal flaws that one's enemies love to point at, but anyone who either doesn't care or actually likes him will ignore. We all new Clinton was a philanderer and we accepted it. Only people that hated Clinton to begin with made a big deal of it. We knew that Bush was an idiot and we're happy with that too. He may be an idiot, but he's our idiot. After Grey Davis Californians will be lucky to have Arnold. He will be a great ambassador for the "California" side of California.

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