September 2, 2003
Governor Gang Bang
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Only if you are a Republican can you get away with being known as "Governor Gang Bang."
After all, what if Gray Davis bragged that he had participated in a gang bang?
What if full frontal nude photos of Hillary or Bill Clinton were posted on the Internet?
What if accusations and rumors swirled about Cruz Bustamante being a recent groper and humiliator of women?
We know the answer would be a right wing lynch mob, with unending 24/7 attacks and cries of moral unfitness for office.
But we haven’t heard a peep of condemnation from the Republican White House Amen-choir-media-shills about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s past misdeeds (both distant AND recent), have we?
BuzzFlash has posted a large number of headline links to articles in which Arnold admits everything from promiscuity, to participation in a gang bang (rape?), to humiliating women, to smoking pot, to taking steroids and on and on. Heck, he even brags about some of these things in a 1977 "Oui" magazine interview [LINK] and his celebrated documentary "Pumping Iron" and in other conversations.
In the infamous "Oui" magazine interview, Arnold was asked if he participated in a "gang bang," Schwarzenegger said, "Yes, but not everybody, just the guys who can f*** in front of other guys."
And then there’s the nasty little problem of full frontal nude photos of Arnold circulating on the Internet [LINK] and [LINK]. He looks, as Molly Ivins described him, "like a condom stuffed with walnuts," only in at least one of these photos, you see a lot more than his walnuts.
As you expect, the Grand Hypocrisy Party (GHP), who spent 8 years excoriating and trying to impeach Bill Clinton for his sexual misadventures, is now condoning Arnold’s "morally relative" activities by backing him up with the infamous "Henry Hyde Defense." On FOX News and CNN, the Grand Hypocrisy Party media whores are disingenuously dismissing Arnold’s lascivious, female degradation, at least one gang bang, full nude published photos, and the like, as "youthful indiscretions."
While you get out your barf bag, realize that Democrats don’t like pressing these issues because of discomfort with bringing up people’s sexual peccadilloes. But that leaves the field wide open to the Republicans, who hammer away at any Democratic sexual activity as if it were a primal sin. Republicans get away with gang bangs, adultery, groping, serial affairs, etc., because Democrats, as liberals, believe that a person’s sexual activities are their private business. This results -- in a sensationalistic driven media climate -- in the cards being heavily stacked against Democrats, because the Republicans make it appear as if only Democrats have sexual misadventures. And, believe us, this plays well in "Middle America," where many voters view the news through the lurid lens of cable television. The end result is that many Democrats are seen as immoral sinners and Republicans –- erroneously -- as upholders of "family values."
Since May of 2000, when BuzzFlash began, we have chronicled the sexual, legal and moral misadventures of numerous high-profile Republicans. They give lip service to morality, but an extremely large number of them wallow in what they themselves would describe as "sinful" behavior. Arnold Schwarzenegger is just another in a long line of Republican hypocrites that too many Democrats let off the hook because they are squeamish about looking between anybody else’s sheets and criticizing anyone else’s edgy legal behavior and humiliating personality.
All that aside, the Schwarzenegger case poses an even greater hypocrisy challenge for Republicans, although they, as always, are up to the task. Schwarzenegger has not only engaged in sexual promiscuity and sexual exhibitionism –- by his own admission -- he has also confessed to behavior that may have been illegal (did the woman consent to a gang bang/rape? [LINK]). In addition, he has endured accusations from numerous sources of degrading behavior and language toward woman, however proper he may appear in relation to his wife and family.
And spare us the Grand Hypocrisy Party "youthful indiscretions" excuse. There have been numerous allegations within the last decade that Arnold fondled and groped women who were not interested in his advances. How about what allegedly happened in the year 2000? "The famed muscleman was accused of openly fondling a pretty young TV interviewer's breast while promoting his new flick in Britain. Then, the same day, TWO OTHER attractive TV gals say he lewdly groped them." And there’s more: See [LINK]; AND [LINK]; AND [LINK]; AND [LINK]; AND [LINK].
Then there is the National Inquirer article that is credited with derailing Arnold’s desire to run in 2001 against Gray Davis. In the Inquirer piece, Arnold is accused of beginning a 7-year adulterous affair with a young woman when she was still underage (16) [LINK]. And before our progressive readers trash the National Inquirer, remember that they were praised by many GOP’rs for having the most "accurate" reporting on the Monica Lewinsky "scandal." Also, we aren’t aware of any libel action by Arnold against them. If we missed it, tell Arnold’s handlers we would be glad to note any successful or any unsuccessful libel action taken by Schwarzenegger against the National Inquirer for articles concerning his RECENT "misbehavior."
It’s not getting into the gutter to link to articles about Arnold’s alleged sordid life; it’s just holding a mirror up to the true hypocritical sleaziness of the Grand Hypocrisy Party. Yet, do the Tom DeLay's, Karl Roves or George W. Bush's of the world condemn the man as morally debauched, if the accusations are true? No, they promote him for governor of California!
Orrin hatch is going to even introduce a bill that would eliminate the prohibition against a foreign born American citizen running for president.
But pushing aside the alleged sexual and degrading behavior that would have forced a Democrat out of the race by now, here’s the real obscenity. "The public doesn’t care about figures," Schwarzenegger said when pressed for specifics about how he would cut the California budget that is reeling from Bush’s stewardship over the national economy. "They’ve heard figures for the last five years, figures and graphs and percentages and all those kinds of things. What the people want to hear is are you going to make the changes? Are you tough enough to go in there and provide leadership? That’s what this is about, and I will be tough enough."
It’s Nixon’s "secret plan" to end the Vietnam War all over again. It’s Bush’s assurance that we can have enormous tax cuts for the rich, surging deficits, solvent Social Security and Medicare trust funds, and a strong economy all over again.
In short, it’s Republican BIG lies all over again.
This is not a campaign for governor; it's a campaign for a corporate takeover of the State of California by the Bush Cartel. That’s the real obscenity.
The only winners, if Arnold is elected, will be the likes of Halliburton, Enron, Bechtel and just about any big Bush contributor seeking a no-bid corporate-welfare contract from the latest Grand Hypocrisy Party role model for "True Lies": Governor Gang Bang.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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Also see our BuzzFlash editorial from August 11," That's Entertainment" [LINK], for a further explanation about how Republicans master the use of "image" to triumph over truth and substance.
Additional note: Last week, Arnold first denied remembering the Oui magazine interview. Then he claimed his statements were just macho talk. Or maybe we got the order of his "true lies" mixed up. Frankly, we can’t remember.
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