Arnold and Mike

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Time’s cover features the “Twins”-like portrait of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Bloomberg, two media-bred personalities who as of now are shadows over the presidential race. The gist of the piece is that, absent real leadership in Washington, they are two examples of politicians who have taken bold action at the state and local level, respectively.

At the very end of the story, Warren Buffett, a friend of both men, talks not just of an independent Bloomberg-for-president bid, but one with Schwarzenegger as his VP.

“I wanted to see if Schwarzenegger could be his Vice President,” Buffett said. “I think he could.” It states that the President must be native born, but it’s silent on the Vice President. “That would be one hell of a team, wouldn’t it?”

In the story, each man takes shots at their own Republican party. Schwarzenegger bashes Bush for  not taking bold action on climate change at the recent G8 summit. Bloomberg chides the GOP-led Congress for restricting gun control efforts.

From Time, “So they’re not exactly playing politics as usual. But their model of crossing party lines to act where Washington won’t is increasingly common. As D.C. politics has become more of a zero-sum partisan game, Mayors and Governors in both parties have taken on predatory lending, obesity, energy, health care and even immigration. “It’s innovation by necessity,” says Stephen Goldsmith, a former Republican mayor of Indianapolis who oversees Harvard’s Innovations in American Government awards. This year hardly any federal programs applied. “Very unusual,” Goldsmith says.”

Thompson Types:
If he runs, Fred Thompson may find that many of his past celebrity and entertainment donors already are tied up with other candidates, reports The Hill.

“Sicko” Socko’ed:
It’s not even opening for two weeks, but “Sicko” already has turned up for download on the Internet.

The Song: Jon Stewart’s riff on Hillary Clinton’s song contest gets posted on HillaryHub.com, the Clinton campaign’s new destination for all news about Clinton. It’s where they announced the news of Spielberg’s endorsement on Wednesday.

YouTube Twist: The campaign of Mike Gravel, running for the Democratic nomination, apparently is behind this latest viral video, one of the more bizarre YouTube ads to make its way to the ‘Net. It features the former Alaska senator staring into the camera for what seems like an eternity. Then, he walks away and throws a rock in the water. There is something synbolic about the whole thing, but I have yet to figure it out.

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