Schwarzenegger: The tea party’s going nowhere

posted at 6:28 pm on February 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

Political wisdom from a guy who knows better than most what it’s like to be going nowhere. I take it what he means here is that the tea party’s unlikely to become a third party, which is both true and beside the point. From what I’ve gathered, the goal of tea partiers has never been political independence for its own sake; the goal, purely and simply, is to shrink government. If the best/quickest way to do that is by bending the GOP to their will, either by coopting the party at the local level or flexing enough muscle at rallies to force Republican leaders to pay attention, I take it most TPers are okay with that. In which case, given the pandering all week at CPAC and the fact that even Senate moderates are in lockstep in opposing The One’s agenda, hasn’t the movement already gotten somewhere? Last year no one knew who Marco Rubio was and this year he’s on his way to crushing a relatively popular Republican governor in the Florida primary. Sounds like somewhere to me.

Listening to Schwarzenegger’s answer here, you’d think the only thing motivating tea partiers is free-floating economic anxiety of precisely the same sort that might be found in France, Venezuela, Australia, you name it. Smaller government? What’s that?


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Would Beck be correct in saying that this particular Republican is no different from the Democrats?

/runs and hides

daesleeper on February 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

But don’t be too hard on Arnold. Listening to his answer here, you’d think the only thing motivating tea partiers is free-floating economic anxiety of the sort that might be found in France, Venezuela, Australia, you name it. Smaller government? What’s that?

Not Austria? WTF…

Jeff2161 on February 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Time to retire, Arnie. Get to the choppah.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Hey, Ahnold…Want to go home yet?

Jeff2161 on February 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

He’s right.
We aren’t going anywhere. We aren’t going away.

bridgetown on February 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM

He talks a long time, saying absolutely nothing. Clueless.

BTW, he also said Barry is going to fail, which could have been just as relevant a headline.

Vashta.Nerada on February 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Terry Moran was horrible in the interview. He called the GOP, hypocrites, the party of no and, obstructionist. It was basically a three man circle jerk explaining why the GOP/teapartiers is what’s wrong with america. Hopefully, ABC is wise enough to pick someone else to host This Week.

Complete7 on February 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Political wisdom from a guy who knows better than most what it’s like to be going nowhere.

Oh, he’s going somewhere alright…back home to spend more time with his family. I’m not sure this guy even knows what the Republican party is supposed to stand for though…he’s a Chris Buckley ‘Republican’, if that means anything.

AUINSC on February 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Not Austria? WTF…

Jeff2161 on February 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

They speak Austrian there, you know. I learned that from a cool, cosmopolitan hipster.

a capella on February 21, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Schwarzenegger hasn’t a clue. He has no idea about the role that expansionist government has had in creating and exacerbating the financial collapse. Who cares if the parties are in agreement? Saying no is putting the brakes on before we go over the cliff.

onlineanalyst on February 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Ahnold: I’ll be back…

Calif Voter: No you won’t…

Romeo13 on February 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

DAMN! I dont think even Barbara Walters uses THAT much Vaseline on the lens!

American Elephant on February 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Well, I don’t know about the Tea People, but now, Ahnold, well, he’s going places… Probably gonna go take over the Kennedy Klan or something.

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Oh, I thought Clinton and Carville were going after the tea party folks. My mistake. It looks like the RINO’s will be out in full force. First, it was Hatch, and now, Arnold. This is so typical!!!!!

mobydutch on February 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

and there is an R behind his name why???????

oakpack on February 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Since the tea party movement is already having an enormous impact I would have to say Mr. Moron here is wrong.

echosyst on February 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Remind me again, why are we listening to a Governor of a bankrupt state? Would we take advice on business from a CEO who has led them into ruins?

tatersalad on February 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Ahnold, you’re going nowhere.

marmaran on February 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Arnold Specter.

the_nile on February 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about at the end there. He seems to be telling the Obama Administration to stay the course. But isn’t this the same guy who just recently came out publicly against Obamacare and said it would add even more debt for California?

The reason the Tea Party IS going somewhere is because it’s looking for representatives who will stand for lower spending, lower taxes, and smaller government. And since Obama and the Dems seem to be pushing the exact opposite, OF COURSE we want and encourage the GOP to just say no.

Ahnuld represents a dying breed. Big government politicians, be they RINOs or Dems, are finished. They’ll always be around. There’s no way to eradicate the cancer as Beck would like us to do. But we can reduce them to a meaningless minority who will never again have the political power to impose trillion dollar spending bills or massive entitlement programs on the American people.

Doughboy on February 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM

I’ll be happy to say Bayh to this Gubnator

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM

The tea party’s going nowhere… nowhere near his type of failed socialist lite policies or his type of failed politicians. Predator ate his notes and Cyberdyne replaced his brain. Who is this guy?

ray on February 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Arnold really should be given a medal or something for presiding (or gubnating) over the Kalifornia Success Story.

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Remember when everyone was talking about repealing the “natural born” requirement in the Constitution so Arnie could run for president.
Ah, good times, good times.

rbj on February 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Listening to Schwarzenegger’s answer here, you’d think the only thing motivating tea partiers is free-floating economic anxiety of precisely the same sort that might be found in France, Venezuela, Australia, you name it. Smaller government? What’s that?

Arnie still thinks like a European. He doesn’t really understand American governance or American political culture.

neurosculptor on February 21, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Remind me again, why are we listening to a Governor of a bankrupt state? Would we take advice on business from a CEO who has led them into ruins?

tatersalad on February 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

No, but a majority of folks were (unfortunately) happy to get it from a nitwit community organizer.

Midas on February 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

I miss the days when Arnold was smoking pot and pumping iron.

CarolynM on February 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

they have to take the opposite position of the president in an attempt to win in November’s elections.

THIS is the problem. He is basically saying that the GOP should lie to get into power and people wonder why we listen to Beck!

sharrukin on February 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Arnold needs to get a grip on reality before he totally loses contact.

rplat on February 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Arnold is a Kennedy with a strange accent
But still a Kennedy

macncheez on February 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Can we please nominate Arnold for a Nobel Prize in Climatology or something?

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Arnold is a Kennedy with a strange accent
But still a Kennedy

macncheez on February 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

In other words, Arnold is a Kennedy’s type of Kennedy.

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

OK, we’ll call it a draw…

Who wants a governator that doesn’t want the best for his constituents, but would rather compare the ship of state to be on par with France?

ericdijon on February 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

He’s right.
We aren’t going anywhere. We aren’t going away.

bridgetown on February 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Nicely done. Ditto.

russcote on February 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Arnold, will you please take McCain with you into retirement???

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Schwarzenegger: The tea party’s going nowhere

Yeah Arnold…just like your acting career.

yoda on February 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

What an epic tool Schwarzenegger has become.

Damn shame.

Rebar on February 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Arnold is the ultimate “Democratic” Republican. Of course, he’s angry about this movement.

We thwarted him without any debate over his budget solution, which was to raise taxes.

He’s out of a job.

AnninCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Ahnold; You need a tune up. Your senility is creeping through.

Cybergeezer on February 21, 2010 at 6:46 PM

The GOP had better be saying NO to the Obama agenda that a small percentage of Americans want to see in place.

My company installed the plumbing systems for Arnolds home in the Palisades back around 2000… I also worked with Arny on the Planet Hollywood / Beverly Hills restaurant. I can tell you from first hand experience that this man is a blast to be around and a regular enough guy. Unfortunately, he was way in over his head as governor of a huge state such as California. I liken him to Obama as it relates to experience and qualifications for such a job. Now that he has a financial hole the size of Lake Tahoe to somehow deal with, he just keeps digging the hole deeper and deeper.

My brother tells me that there is a woman running on the GOP ticket for governor in Ca. that is the real deal. This comes from a man who has voted for a Republican once in his life; Ronald Reagan. My brother swears that this lady can get California back on track much as Christie is doing in NJ. Lots of UNION folks in Ca. are going to be given their due justice if this lady gets in.

Keemo on February 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Simply an idiot.

libertylady on February 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

So, Beck was right…

d1carter on February 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM

do you think if he had said NO a few more times as Governor, things would be better in CA? well, hell, they couldn’t be worse.

kelley in virginia on February 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

So, Beck was right…

d1carter on February 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Well… You got to remember blah blah blah /concern troll

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Aaanuld izz confoooosed

macncheez on February 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Arnold, will you please take McCain with you into retirement???

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Maybe they can make a movie, like “Senile Spaceballs in American Politics”.

Cybergeezer on February 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

OMT: How can these creatures continue to rattle the cages of the Tea Party Movement when it is an absolute loser for all of them in the end. Can they really be this stupid?

Don’t answer that!

Keemo on February 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

I take it most TPers are okay with that.

Yep. The two party system isn’t going anywhere, so getting the GOP to walk the walk on limited government is perfectly fine with me.

BadgerHawk on February 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Maybe they can make a movie, like “Senile Spaceballs in American Politics”.

Cybergeezer on February 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

IF they promise to make that movie, I promise to pay to watch it!

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM

It had to be Maria with her hand up his sphincter (Kevin Jennings approved!) making him say that.

SouthernGent on February 21, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Aaanuld izz confoooosed

macncheez on February 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Ha! I saw that sign near Ramona last week.

Cybergeezer on February 21, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Simply an idiot.

libertylady on February 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

and with Barry|Pelosi|Reid|Frank|Waters|…….. Boxer|etal

you would think the place was full….. But open the door cause Arnie wants in too.

roflmao

donabernathy on February 21, 2010 at 6:54 PM

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Yea! It’s amazing these old farts still have a future in Hollywood.
If only we can convince them to leave politics.

Cybergeezer on February 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Arnold has no future in politics right now. He threw his entire political weight behind a form of GOP’ism that really endorsed Obama. Then Obama actually humiliated him by getting SEIU ON THE PHONE over the stimulus bill.

He so got the message. DC is no friend to CA.

And neither is the political temper right now.\

I can’t imagine what he’ll do once his gig is over, but it’s not going to be political.

AnninCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Yea! It’s amazing these old farts still have a future in Hollywood.
If only we can convince them to leave politics.

Cybergeezer on February 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

I’d think Hollywood would pay more… but then again… Why does Hollywood seem to be Government?

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Ahnuld………”You true lies”

PappyD61 on February 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Ahhhhnold is going nowhere!

MCGIRV on February 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Ahnuld: “I won’t be back.”

profitsbeard on February 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Hey, Ahnold! Pump this!

Cybergeezer on February 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Annin,

Arny is actually a brilliant business owner. The man has turned his movie career earnings into a huge business. This man is rich beyond your wildest dreams. He will likely produce and direct from this point forward.

Keemo on February 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Hey kids thats’ what steroids will do for ya….moron!

dhunter on February 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

and there is an R behind his name why???????

oakpack on February 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Rodent

Onager on February 21, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Taxed
Enough
Already

Why am I not surprised The Running Man does not understand that.

F15Mech on February 21, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Arnold, will you please take McCain with you into retirement???

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

2nd That!

JD Hayworths gonna see to that!
Waitin for JD to announce his money bomb then I’m doublin to him what I gave the panderer after he picked Sarah, the only thing the old panderer did right

dhunter on February 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Arnold’s a globalist, so of course he hates Tea Party activists.

Ozprey on February 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM

dhunter on February 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Good luck in AZ. Sounds like you’ll need it with McCain desperately calling in every favor he has coming his way…

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Coming soon to a dishevelled DVD bin near you:

Jingle All The Way II“!

(Just dig under the tons of “Last Action Hero” cases.)

profitsbeard on February 21, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Arnold’s a globalist, so of course he hates Tea Party activists.

Ozprey on February 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM

…and a gorebalist.

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 7:07 PM

profitsbeard on February 21, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Will he play the Grandfather in this one?

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Good luck in AZ. Sounds like you’ll need it with McCain desperately calling in every favor he has coming his way…

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Can we have Obama campaign for McCain?
Please

macncheez on February 21, 2010 at 7:08 PM

He’s right.
We aren’t going anywhere. We aren’t going away.

bridgetown

A+

beachgirlusa on February 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Schwarzenegger: The tea party’s going went nowhere.

JiangxiDad on February 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM

If Arnold and Hatch have not proven Beck’s theory, I don’t think anything will.

mobydutch on February 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Schwarzenegger: The tea party’s going nowhere

At times the disconnect is so great you just want to change telephone companies.

canditaylor68 on February 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Can we have Obama campaign for McCain?
Please

macncheez on February 21, 2010 at 7:08 PM

*snort

Well, Obama kind of does owe McCain after McCain essentially campaigned for Obama last election…

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

I think it would be an honor for the One to campaign for McCain. After all, McCain thought Obama would make a good president.

mobydutch on February 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

As a CA voter who voted for him, he is more like…
Benedict Arnuld

tommylotto on February 21, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I can’t imagine what he’ll do once his gig is over, but it’s not going to be political.

AnninCA on February 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

I can’t imagine he’ll want political in his future. Why should he? He can never be President and I don’t see him having the desire to want to go to Congress.

He’s goin’ back to duh movieeessss…..

ladyingray on February 21, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I think it would be an honor for the One to campaign for McCain. After all, McCain thought Obama would make a good president.

mobydutch on February 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Let me be clear, John here, would make an excellent Senator, isn’t that right, Arnold?

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Gov you sold your political soul some time back to the Libs just to be liked.Your word or thoughts mean nothing now and you will be forgotten in due time .

thmcbb on February 21, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Arnold was a mediocre actor. He’s not even achieved that level as a governor.

scalleywag on February 21, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Not Austria? WTF…

Jeff2161 on February 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I don’t think theres a way of expressing that idea in the Austrian language.
/s

Itchee Dryback on February 21, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Is this guy totally nuts? Hello…………..don’t these damn Dems and RINO’s see what is happening here? There is a tidal wave coming and all of them are simply going to be blindsided………..how could they be this clueless?

Cinday Blackburn on February 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM

He should have stuck with Hollywood. If he doesn’t see that there are fundamental differences of ideology and principle between Pelosi-Reid-Obama and Republicans and tea partiers, then he has no business in politics. Oh, I forgot, he’s in California.

ProfessorMiao on February 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

By Michele Clock, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A rally inspired by the national Tea Party political protest movement drew — by organizers’ estimates — about 1,000 people to El Cajon’s Renette Park on Saturday.

Many carried homemade signs with messages such as “Stop Big Government” and “I didn’t vote for this Obamanation” as they listened to several elected officials and political candidates, mostly Republican, express frustration over issues ranging from taxes to health care reforms being considered in Washington, D.C.

The event was organized by a recently formed group called the East County Tea Party, said a founder, Alpine resident Barry Willis.

The crowd, including a few people wearing Colonial-style costumes and hats with dangling tea bags, listened to the speakers and wandered past candidates’ booths.

“These are just normal folks,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Lakeside, one of the speakers. “This is America, look around. People are very concerned, and what else can they do?”

El Cajon Councilman Bill Wells, a candidate in the Republican 77th Assembly District primary, said the event was about “conservatives having a voice that’s separate from the Republican party.”

The gathering drew people who “want to take back their government, take control of their lives and keep what they earn,” Wells said.

In addition to Hunter and Wells, speakers included Assemblyman Joel Anderson, R-La Mesa; Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, a candidate in the Republican primary for the 36th state Senate District seat; Rick Powell, a candidate in the Republican primary for the 78th Assembly District in East County; and Chelene Nightingale, an American Independent Party candidate for governor.

Jeez Arny, these Tea Parties keep popping up all over California for some strange reason. Looks like an awful lot of REAL Republicans are speaking at them also.

Keemo on February 21, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Keemo on February 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

You have a couple of key words in your comment: “rich” and “business”.
“Rich” is a basic requirement for a successful business.
How many poor people do you know that started a business?

Cybergeezer on February 21, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Well, Obama kind of does owe McCain after McCain essentially campaigned for Obama last election…

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Obama campaigned for candidates in VA, NJ and MA, which worked out so darn well for them.
Obama should really campaign for McCain …..
;-)

macncheez on February 21, 2010 at 7:19 PM

macncheez on February 21, 2010 at 7:19 PM

That’s like the craziest dream I could have!!! :D

MeatHeadinCA on February 21, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Cybergeezer,

What is your point? I was poor when I started my first business in 1982 at the age of twenty-eight. Hard work, continued education, honesty and quality workmanship have led me to more success than I ever dreamed would happen for me in my life.

I opened my my first business with $800.00 in the bank and my rent payment of $600.00 due in two weeks. Is that poor enough for your taste. But again, what’s your point?

Keemo on February 21, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Ahnuld will be a big hit at Venice Beach.

Cybergeezer on February 21, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Bye bye Ahnold. You are going somewhere other than Sacramento. On a separate note, I take it that AP finally gets us.

Bravo AP

conservnut on February 21, 2010 at 7:24 PM

What is sad is that Arnold came into office on some Tea Party principles; lowering energy bills, bringing new business and fighting deficits.

When he lost those referendums, he stopped trying.

Noel on February 21, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Why don’t these people ever realize when they’ve become irrelevant?

ctmom on February 21, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Why don’t these people ever realize when they’ve become irrelevant?

ctmom on February 21, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Irrelevancy is not 20/20 to the irrelevant.

daesleeper on February 21, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Between his european upbringing and his marriage to Shriver/Kennedy his brain is complete mush I’m afraid. He’s botched his governorship and now he just needs to go back to acting.

KickandSwimMom on February 21, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Actually Cybergeezer, Arnold lost his muscle tone long ago, and quite frankly, would embarrass himself badly if he showed up at muscle beach.

Arnold was way in over his head as Governor of California. Much like this last election for potus, the choices we had for Governor at that time were between the lessor of two evils.

Keemo on February 21, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Keemo on February 21, 2010 at 7:22 PM

I applaud you. Don’t take the comment personally.
Point is: Money can buy you intelligence, when you can’t make it on your own.

Cybergeezer on February 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Steroid induced idiocy. Go away Arnie!

wraithby on February 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM

If the best/quickest way to do that is by bending the GOP to their will, either by coopting the party at the local level or flexing enough muscle at rallies to force Republican leaders to pay attention, I take it most TPers are okay with that.
-AP

Damn Straight! Anyone that tries to get in front of the Protests for Freedom for their own gain has zero credibility, and they ain’t gonna herd these cats!

Maquis on February 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM

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