Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may not have to worry about his entertainment career, or even his plans to delve into non-elective politics, but the “love child” scandal may leave a lasting impression on the next Hollywood celebrity who decides to seek public office.
In the media, rumor and innuendo that have been the currency of gossip pages won’t be so easily dismissed. Among the public, there’s bound to be a greater sense of skepticism of means and motive. The scandal may merely reinforce impressions that Californians already had of Schwarzenegger: He left office with low popularity, and his successor Jerry Brown ran a campaign largely based on being everything he wasn’t. In 2003, Schwarzenegger’s eleventh hour admission of past indiscretions left voters largely unfazed, as he was the action hero candidate coming to save the state; by 2010, Californians gave up on the idea of a celebrity fix.
Donald Trump’s tease may have showed just how impulsive the public can be when presented with polling options — but how impatient they can turn when style doesn’t quickly translate into substance.
The immediate impact in entertainment is in late night, where Schwarzenegger is destined to be a punchline for some time to come.
Jon Stewart went through movie titles: “Bonin the Barbarian,” “Kindergarten C–k,” while Politico led with a story that concluded, “In the end, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s political career finished the same way it began: amid questions about whether he was a skirt-chasing Hollywood scoundrel, with California gripped by political dysfunction and another “Terminator” sequel on the horizon.”
All the Glitters: On Tuesday Newt Gingrich fended off attacks from fellow Republicans, he had to deal with a report on a six-figure Tiffanys bill, and then he got gobsmacked with glitter in a Minneapolis appearance.
T-Shirt Politics: The Obama camaign is hawking T-shirts with the President’s picture and the label “Made in the USA” — along with a printing of his birth certificate.
Also Ran: Entertainment executive Dan Adler’s race for a congressional seat, with Sean Astin as a campaign manager, didn’t turn out so well. In California’s 36th congressional district, he got 285 votes.
RIP: Joseph Wershba, the CBS News journalist who helped take on Joseph McCarthy on Edward R. Murrow’s “See it Now” in 1954, died over the weekend at age 90. His story was part of George Clooney’s feature “Good Night, and Good Luck,” and Wershba was portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.