When we walked out this morning the city had been postered with Robbie Conal's new piece. At first K thought the posters were a commercial for another move or something. We discussed these posters showing up and the cause of the protests across the street from Arnold's front office for the campaign over on 4th. On the side of Fred Segal a poster was being removed by a couple of guys in work clothes. I wondered as we walked by if this was a jobbed out task and these guys were happy to get the work or if they were staff and annoyed at having their property messed with by these guerilla posterers.
Down the street a little home decor place put up a sign for Arnold within the last week. I think the store is a sole propietorship. I wonder how the owner of Fred Segal feels about the recall. Yesterday I saw 3 Hummers driving by and each one had a little sign for Arnold in the window. Each one driven by a woman.
Until recently I saw Arnold S. on a pretty regular basis in the neighborhood, usually on the beach exercising. I know a few folks who have either worked for him or know him. I have heard people talk about him for the last decade. He owns many pieces of property within walking distance of our place. His "volunteer" office is within 2 blocks. Around here he is valued as a member of the community. He spends an inordinate amount of time doing charity work and holds a lot of land within the neighborhood. I have never heard any complaints about his businesses or his role as a landlord. I have however heard talk of his libido many times. It seems to be pretty common knowledge around here. I have overheard several times over the years conversations in which one of the parties expressed concern about the prospect of a daughter, mother, or wife working for Arnold. I don't know the validity of any particular allegation. Let's just say it is not at all surprising and if my daughter ever has the opportunity to work closely with Arnold Schwarzenegger I would advise her to refuse the work. My attitude is similar to that I hold towards Michael Jackson. If one of K's friends offered her an invite to Michael Jackson's Wonderland Ranch I'm afraid I would have to not allow her to go.
I was quite taken by Arnold's work last year to pass a law which would allow for greater funding for after school programs throughout the state. Although I do not generally ever vote for Republicans it did occur to me last year that if he continued to do work like this, which helps kids & doesn't carry with it the conservative patina of disdain for public education, then I might have been inclined to vote for him at some point in the future if he continued to play the politician. Granted I was very skeptical because of his family ties. I know all too well the games that we play with ourselves to ingratiate ourselves into the family of our in-laws. I also know full well how tempting it can be to tweak your in-laws. I have no doubt that at least some component of Arnold's political career comes from such impulses. All of that being said I was, before this whole recall thing, watching his budding political career with interest.
No more. The reality is that when all is said and done Arnold is a scroundel. This recall is wrong and everyone involved in it is tainted by the situation. The only good thing about this recall has been being fotrunate enough to see Darrell Issa cry on tv. If Arnold was to ever garner my vote he would have to earn it the old fashion way: developing a platform, running for office (tap, tap, is this thing on?, you know like in a election), debating others, etc.