June 18, 2004


GOP has star-power dilemma: How will party use Schwarzenegger? (Carla Marinucci, June 18, 2004, SF Chronicle)

With less than three months to go before the Republican National Convention in New York City, a prime-time cliffhanger is in the works over whether the Bush camp will use it or lose it -- the megawatt influence and star power of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Among the most sensitive issues is whether Schwarzenegger, a GOP marquee name, will be given a prized prime-time speaking spot at the party's presidential convention August 30-Sept. 2 at Madison Square Garden.

On the pro side: As the party's star actor, Schwarzenegger would get worldwide attention, and -- to the delight of networks -- draw millions of potential viewers to the now scripted-for-television political convention.

On the con side: The White House worries about lavishing too much attention on one Republican elected official who has shown an uncanny ability to upstage the party's star, Bush himself. A prominent role for Schwarzenegger also could anger the Republican right wing, which opposes his social views on such issues as abortion and same-sex marriage.

Let him introduce Condi for her acceptance speech--she's a Californian--and the rest of the week he does the morning news shows.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 18, 2004 7:21 PM

This article (in my hometown paper) was utterly absurd. The political 'experts' quoted were imbeciles. They concluded that Ahnold might be a problem. Idiots. Given that few watch conventions, it might have occured to them that the Governor will boost ratings, and that's what its all about.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at June 19, 2004 5:17 AM

Regional accent, oj. Some spell it potatoe.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at June 19, 2004 10:14 AM

Orrin: Are you serious? Do you think there is any possibility of Bush switching at the last minute from Cheney and introducing Condi Rice as his veep running mate? Of course this gets us excited; she is the most exciting woman in American public life today. A real lady, talented, well-spoken, a formidable classical pianist, pretty, and emanates goodness. She's also a credit to her race (that being the human race known as "American." I LOVE HER. SO DON'T GET MY HOPES UP, SIR!

(I also love Cheney. Articulate, professional, unapologetic, and utterly, utterly COMPETENT. But he has to think about his health, his family, and he has to think about who we are going to run against Agent H in 2008. Condi would clean her clock; it wouldn't be pretty [but Condi would look pretty doing it.])

Posted by: Bobby Fleckman at June 19, 2004 3:02 PM

Cheney will step down for legitimate health reasons but also because running with Condi fits Mr. Bush's plans for transforming the party and the nation.

Posted by: oj at June 19, 2004 3:14 PM

Agent H isn't going to be president. LA Times will have to run polls of 20% Republicans and 60% Demoncrats to make that work out.

Posted by: AML at June 19, 2004 6:31 PM