Schwarzenegger: You know who’s pretty qualified to work for Obama? Me

posted at 4:59 pm on December 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

We all knew it was coming and now here it is. I’m sure The One will be game, too: He’s hinted about bringing Schwarzenegger onto the team before, and now that the tax deal’s finally given his approval rating a pulse, why not push the bipartisanship by hiring one of America’s most famous centrist conservatives? Better yet, why not bring on a bunch and finally fulfill the dream of a RINO superfriends team? Arnold and Specter and Crist, oh my!

Gov.-elect Jerry Brown will be inaugurated in less than three weeks. Still, when Schwarzenegger was asked in a meeting with Times editors and editorial writers what he planned to do once his term ends, he initially said, “There’s no rush…. It’s not like I have something in my mind.”

Then, asked if he would consider a post in the Obama administration, he said yes and began to riff on his credentials. “I’m a very big believer in environmental issues,” said the governor, who considers legislation to combat global warming one of his major achievements in office. “I’ve traveled the world…. I’m very familiar with the world.”…

Once out of office, he said, he “has plans to go back to Washington with Secretary [George] Schultz and others” to push for a new approach to energy policy. He said the country needs to bring Democrats and Republicans together on energy policies that both sides can agree on in order to reduce dependence on foreign oil and become competitive, “rather than always talking about global warming, which turns some people off.”

Why waste him on green issues? No agenda is deader in the new Congress than ambitious environmentalism. Make him Michelle’s deputy as “Food Czar” and have him travel the country telling kids that if they want really big muscles, they need to consume a lot of, er … milk.

Exit question one: Are we sure Arnold and Obama are sympatico? Even RINOs have their limits, my friends. Exit question two: Does this actually reveal the silver lining in Murkowski’s victory over Joe Miller? Look at it this way — given the way she’s been voting lately, he’d probably be ready to make her Oil Czar or something.


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They both could grow cojones and muscles.

Schadenfreude on December 20, 2010 at 5:00 PM

“Eye ham za vun vee haff bean vay-tink forr.”

Bruno Strozek on December 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

A true girlie man if there ever was one. Hilarious that he played all these macho characters only to be a member of the new castrati.

Richard Romano on December 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Got that right, PBHO’s cabinet is chock full o’ losers, fools, idiots, and failures; what’s one more? Arnie can be the Austrian Language Czar.

Bishop on December 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Haven’t read the article yet… Is Jughead looking for someone who speaks Austrian?

Chickyraptor on December 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM

has plans to go back to Washington with Secretary [George] Schultz and others” to push for a new approach to energy policy

He’s going to be a shill for the global warming nuts.

To reduce our dependence on foreign oil, we only need to do one thing … use our own damn oil. We’ve got plenty of it.

We’re going to be fighting these bastaards until we run the left from this country.

darwin on December 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

After all, he did such a GREAT job on controlling the insanity in California!

michaelo on December 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Arnie would be perfect for Team Obama. He’s already a proven failure, so he’ll fit right in.

AZCoyote on December 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Don’t go away mad, just go away.

yubley on December 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

I think Ahnold should just head back to Austria and drown himself in veener schnitzel.

capejasmine on December 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Barack and Arnold have a lot in common: neither can balance a checkbook and they are both PW.

bw222 on December 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

…why not push the bipartisanship by hiring one of America’s most famous centrist conservatives?

LOL!

JellyToast on December 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Does this actually reveal the silver lining in Murkowski’s victory over Joe Miller? Look at it this way — given the way she’s been voting lately, he’d probably be ready to make her Oil Czar or something.

Her lubricity qualifies her, certainly.

Schadenfreude on December 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Barack and Arnold have a lot in common: neither can balance a checkbook and they are both PW.

bw222 on December 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

They’re both henpecked by their wives.

Schadenfreude on December 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

More Competence in Government
/snark

Kini on December 20, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Sounds like a perfect Hollywood sequel.

Twins II !!

RedPepper on December 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Schwarz means black, doesn’t it? Next Arnie will claim that they’re related, not just ‘simpatico’.

Schadenfreude on December 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM

There are many things that conservatives haven’t given enough credit to Arny on… and that kind of makes me mad…

Though I’m absolutely po’d in how he handled Prop 8…

If he’s smart, he would hold out till 2012 to get his cabinet position…

ninjapirate on December 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Arnie would be perfect for Team Obama. He’s already a proven failure, so he’ll fit right in.

AZCoyote on December 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Well done.

rrpjr on December 20, 2010 at 5:17 PM

IF Obama is trying to bankrupt the American economy, as many have suggested, he couldn’t find anybody with a better track record in bankruptcy than Arnie-Boy. This would definitely reinforce liberalism is a progressive mental disorder with the last stage being insanity. Watching Arnie beg is amusing.

volsense on December 20, 2010 at 5:19 PM

“I’m a very big believer in environmental issues,” said the governor

Exit question one: Are we sure Arnold and Obama are sympatico? Even RINOs have their limits, my friends.

Schwarzenegger for Green Jobs Czar?

steebo77 on December 20, 2010 at 5:20 PM

I’m very familiar with the world.

I can see Austria from my house.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on December 20, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Believe me, Arnie wants to be LOVED. He’ll do anything Barry tells him to do.

In the mean time, Kalifornians are still waiting for those “green jobs” Arnie said were going to start popping up all over.

GarandFan on December 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM

“I’m a very big believer in environmental issues,” said the governor, who considers legislation to combat global warming one of his major achievements in office. “I’ve traveled the world…. I’m very familiar with the world.”…

If Arny wants an issue to own and be a champion of after he leaves office then he should focus on k-12 ebooks and other classroom tech… this is going to be huge in the future.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/09/arnold-schwarzenegger-school-textbooks-ebooks

ninjapirate on December 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Van Jones hardest hit.

Branch Rickey on December 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM

As far as I’m concerned, Arnold Ziffle, the pig from Green Acres is smarter than the Arnold who played Governor from California!

capejasmine on December 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Ol’ Arnie was good pals with George Bush Sr. That should have been the first clue as to what side of the Republican coin he is forged from.

portlandon on December 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM

To reduce our dependence on foreign oil, we only need to do one thing … use our own damn oil. We’ve got plenty of it.
darwin on December 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Why must you be H8in on Mother Earth like that???

/sarc

Branch Rickey on December 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Wouldn’t surprise me if Arney is given a seat at the trough!.

hawkman on December 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM

I hope he goes back to making action movies, maybe with a bit less action, considering his age.

FloatingRock on December 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Time for another Conan movie!

FloatingRock on December 20, 2010 at 5:33 PM

well, this administration is like a movie or something…..

ted c on December 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

“I’m a very big believer in environmental issues,” said the governor, who considers legislation to combat global warming one of his major achievements in office.

Does he mean the environmental legislation that threatens to send even more businesses away from the state? And he wants to bring that “success” to the Obama Administration?

Doughboy on December 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

well, this administration is like a movie or something…..

ted c on December 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

When did Arney start doing Horror movies?..:)

Dire Straits on December 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

oldie but goodie, the governator in rio in the 70′s

Daveyardbird on December 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Believe me, Arnie wants to be LOVED.

The hatred of him here is absolutely completely irrational…

http://reason.com/archives/2010/10/18/the-last-action-hero

is there a case for Gov. Schwarzenegger? Here’s my best defense:

First, as Abraham Lincoln said of Ulysses Grant, “He fights.” Schwarzenegger’s time in office has been marked by almost constant public struggles with teachers, prison guards, nurses, and walk-on players like the preening Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and the obstructionist Controller John Chiang. Schwarzenegger, a lifelong dealmaker, is nevertheless willing to fire heavy weapons at his opponents. He has furloughed state employees, sued refractory state officials, declared states of “economic emergency,” and rolled out every pay-cut gimmick and spending freeze in his arsenal.

These fights have paid off in unexpected ways. The looming public pension crisis—a vital but boring issue—has unexpectedly become an item of national media interest thanks in large part to Schwarzenegger’s war with state employees.

Schwarzenegger is also willing to say the holiest word in any politician’s vocabulary: no. He has set yearly state records for percentages of bills vetoed, memorably adding an acrostic F-bomb in the memo accompanying his rejection of a Port of San Francisco boondoggle.

That prickliness extends to state budget deals, which Schwarzenegger has repeatedly rejected even in the face of media controversies and embarrassing episodes in which the state had to issue IOUs in the absence of a budget. As of this writing, this year’s budget is still not approved, with the governor demanding lasting reforms to the state’s broken employee pension plans before he signs off.

“He’s helped us more than he’s harmed us, for sure,” says Marcia Fritz, president of the California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility. “Holding up the budget until pension reform was very effective. He singled out the one issue that is most destructive. Holding up the budget and vetoing bills are the only tools he’s got.”

Finally, while Schwarzenegger failed to shrink government, he did limit its growth. His year-to-year spending increases averaged 1.4 percent, smaller than those of his recent predecessors and much smaller than the record for big spenders Ronald Reagan (13.6 percent) and Jerry Brown (12.7 percent). The recession and fiscal crisis have contributed: General fund expenditures dropped from $103 billion in 2008 to $86 billion in 2009. This year’s general fund spending is likely to be slightly smaller.

The thing about Schwarzenegger that makes me the most mad though is his outrageous handling of Prop 8…

ninjapirate on December 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

This is the dumbest governor California has ever had since, well, since the one they just elected.

Rovin on December 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

RINO doesn’t even come close.
Liberal douche-bag would fit the bill though.

1IDVET on December 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Time for another Conan movie!

FloatingRock

One is already in post-production, and they had the good sense to cast someone new.

Conan (2011)

chimney sweep on December 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Ith iz abowth chobs chobs chobs… millions of green chobs.

antisocial on December 20, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Believe me, Arnie wants to be LOVED.

The hatred of him here is completely irrational… he’s done a lot of good.

http://reason.com/archives/2010/10/18/the-last-action-hero

Would a Democrat have vetoed this ban on electronic cigarettes? Note, Jerry Brown is leading a jihad against e-cigs now…

http://www.prlog.org/10373237-arnold-schwarzenegger-vetoes-cigarette-ban-bill-in-california.html

ninjapirate on December 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Arnie would be perfect for Team Obama. He’s already a proven failure, so he’ll fit right in.

AZCoyote on December 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

TRUER WORDS HAVE NEVER BEEN SPOKEN!

SDarchitect on December 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Obama, take him — he’s all yours.

Good riddence to bad rubbish.

FlameWarrior on December 20, 2010 at 5:52 PM

SDarchitect on December 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM

2nd that

cmsinaz on December 20, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Ambassador to Austria?

factoid on December 20, 2010 at 6:24 PM

This is the dumbest governor California has ever had since, well, since the one they just elected.

Rovin on December 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM

That sentence doesn’t really work, does it? Not if you understand the meaning of since.

factoid on December 20, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Go back to making movies you cement head.

BigWyo on December 20, 2010 at 6:28 PM

If there is a bigger narcissist in America than Obama, it’s Schwarzenegger.

Mark1971 on December 20, 2010 at 6:36 PM

If the stupid sh*t does for Obama what he did for California, Khloe Kardashian might win in 2012.

JEM on December 20, 2010 at 7:52 PM

What a disappointment and complete failure he turned out to be. He tarnished a great reputation. He should have never run for Governor. He did nothing but tarnish a great reputation.

TheBigOldDog on December 20, 2010 at 8:15 PM

He wouldn’t encourage drinking milk. Everyone knows milk is for babies. Men drink beer

/credit to you if you get the reference

brak on December 20, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Let him go work for Obama. He’s nothing but a Democrat in a Republican suit anyway.

crosspatch on December 20, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Dude isn’t qualified enough to watch my dog. He is a true idiot and soon we will have another idiot taking his place. CA. was pathetic the last election. I didn’t want Meg to win either but the less of the two idiots. Can’t wait to move out of CA.

sheebe on December 20, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Why doesn’t LATimes object and remind Hussein that AS is a Nazi. After all, that’s what they bled a lot of ink telling us in the recall election.

leftnomore on December 20, 2010 at 10:56 PM

For the first time in at least five years, he’s actually right.

Cylor on December 21, 2010 at 6:17 AM

He’s as qualified as any other Poly Sci retard to change the weather. Why not!

MNHawk on December 21, 2010 at 7:54 AM

Put him at the north pole and let him count polar bears. Fitting.

kens on December 21, 2010 at 10:06 AM

The lesson learned with Arnold:
Never elect a poorly programed robot to a high office. /S

byteshredder on December 21, 2010 at 11:23 PM