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If one thing's for sure about U.S. politics, it's that no matter who you are, as soon as you become a political threat, something will emerge from you closet and have you before the hungry media demanding answers.
In Arnold Schwarzenegger's case, it's a damning 26-year-old issue of Oui Magazine that features a lengthy and detailed interview with former Mr. Universe himself. The conversation that took place is pretty extreme and what I have provided is only a partial transcript.
OUI: Can you push yourself too far?
SCHWARZENEGGER: Bodybuilders party a lot, and once, in Gold's--the gym in Venice, California, where all the top guys train--there was a black girl who came out naked. Everybody jumped on her and took her upstairs, where we all got together.
OUI: A gang bang?
SCHWARZENEGGER: Yes, but not everybody, just the guys who can f--- in front of other guys. Not everybody can do that. Some think that they don't have a big-enough c---, so they can't get a h--- - o-.
OUI: Sterling Moss, the British racing-car driver champion, claimed that he'd never f--- on the night before a race because it would sap his competitive drive. Does anything like that appeal to bodybuilders, say, on the eve of the Mr. Olympia contest?
SCHWARZENEGGER: I get laid on purpose. …so instead of staring at the ceiling I figure I might as well find somebody and f---….At the Mr. Olympia contest in 1972, we had girls backstage giving h---, then all of us went out and I won.
OUI: Do you use dope?
SCHWARZENEGGER: Yes, grass and hash--no hard drugs.
The entire interview is much longer and now that you have an idea of what it's like, there's no reason to include any more, some of it gets even more graphic. If you haven't seen any part of the interview before, then you don't know how serious it is because the media isn't making a big deal about it.
But should they? Not at all. That is why I supported Clinton during his impeachment trial. What a politician does in his own or previous life shouldn't be of any concern to us. As long as our politicians do no harm to us or our country, then I don't see it as a major problem. Conservatives scream that he lied under oath when asked a question that should have never been asked there in the first place. He wasn't truthful, but I don't think he harmed the United States by doing so. But the media frenzy created such a buzz that it didn't take long for the scandal to turn into a major embarrassment.
Politicians are not supposed to be role models. We all have events from our past that we'd like to forget or never bring up, and it's the public figures who have their past lives broadcasted before the world. We should want leaders who are competent and know how lead us in the right direction, whether or not they went to church every Sunday as a child. Schwarzenegger once dated a stripper, but even if he was married to her today, it would make no impact on his political life, that is unless he spent late hours supporting his wife's industry instead of pleasing the people of California. Actually, I think many hardcore conservatives would rather he be married to stripper instead of his current wife, a Kennedy.
In no way do I support the Schwarzenegger campaign. He has not proven to me he knows how to solve the economic problems nor how to hold office. He has recently (and finally) spoken out on a few generic issues but nothing specific that tells us he would make a competent governor. The biggest red flag for me is that he was very indecisive about running and appeared to only jump in when he saw he had a great chance at running. That's the big difference between Arnold and Ronald Regan who was also a Republican actor from California. Reagan started his political career as an underdog; not the other way around.
Recently a guest on Sean Hannity's radio show, Schwarzenegger agreed to answer a few political questions. Of course Hannity stressed that he only needed to give a brief explanation without any details.
On affirmative action: "we have not gotten into it….I'm fleshing it out right now and having meetings about that."
On drivers licenses for illegal aliens: "I vote no on that."
On illegal immigration: "The governor has nothing really nothing much power..it is a federal issue and I'd to really work those things out and come up with a solution once and for all."
On drug legalization: "..is a bad idea, although I would legalize medical marijuana." When asked if he would decriminalize marijuana, which is different than legalizing it, Schwarzenegger said "as long as it is done for medical purposes I would not think of them as criminals."
Now I like Schwarzenegger a lot. I gave his recent movie "Terminator 3" an "A-" and believe he still has a future in Hollywood. And while I don't think he'll make a good governor, his previous life should have no impact on the voters' decision. His father may have been a nazi, but if Arnold isn't or wasn't, then who cares?
It may sound like I'm contradicting myself by saying a politician's past should not be an issue and then highlight some of the interview with OUI, but it is fair to point it out if I'm going to defend it. It'll be interesting to see how many conservatives support Schwarzenegger though still calling President Clinton "morally bankrupt." The same goes for liberals. How many Clinton defenders will use the OUI interview as a weapon against Schwarzenegger?
All seriousness aside, the most hilarious topic Schwarzenegger talked about came at the end of the interview.
OUI: Are you serious about becoming a professional actor?
SCWHARZENEGGER: I realize there's only one Arnold in the world, that there's never been in Arnold before and the one thing that won't work on the screen is my being an ass-kicker.
It's a good thing he was wrong, dead wrong. Just look at how awful his movie career is when you remove every title in which he was an ass-kicker. I don't think "Twins," "Junior" and "Jingle All the Way" would have helped him much in the California race. And after listening to some of his political opinions, publicity help is what he desperately needs.
Partial transcripts from the interview used in this article came from The Smoking Gun.