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September 4, 2003

Why I believe Arnold when

Daniel Radosh

Why I believe Arnold when he says he's a liar. Kaus Files has a reasonable take on Arnold's new explanation for the Oui interview: "Schwarzenegger, remember, was determined to rid bodybuilding of its homosexual image. So he comes up with a group gangbang incident--not only is he straight, but all the guys in the gym were straight! And the girls giving hummers backstage at the Mr. Olympia contest--that's just too good. Also well-targeted. ('Mom, I want to be a bodybuilder!')"

In a related story, Dean Murphy in the NY Times offers this clever construction:

Earlier in the day, Mr. Schwarzenegger made an appearance at the California State Fair and Exposition near Sacramento, where he also lauded the accomplishments of California's workers, but insisted he would not accept money from their unions. "I will never take money from the special interests, from Indian gaming, from unions or anything like that," he said.

Mr. Schwarzenegger has reneged on early campaign promises not to accept campaign contributions from anyone. State disclosures show he has collected more than $1 million from companies and individuals with business before the state. "I get donations from businesses and individuals absolutely, because they're powerful interests who control things," he said today.

He declined to explain the difference between special interests and powerful interests.

It probably doesn't help Arnold to point out that he has also said "Any of those kinds of real big, powerful special interests, if you take money from them, you owe them something." Wait... are "big, powerful, special interests different from ordinary special and/or powerful ones?

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