Quotes of the day

posted at 10:44 pm on May 17, 2011 by Allahpundit

“‘There have been rumors swirling around for years, citing a number of incidents regarding Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infidelity,’ California-based publicist Angie Meyer, who works closely with the California GOP, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts. ‘This comes as a complete surprise to no one – especially those closest to the ex-Governor’s innermost circles.’

“A Republican political insider on Capitol Hill concurred.

“‘So far, not much surprise here,’ said our source.”

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“Eight years ago I was dragged scowling and complaining into an investigation of allegations that Arnold Schwarzenegger – the leading candidate for governor of California – had sexually harassed and molested women, including those who worked on his movies…

“Their experiences with Schwarzenegger were double humiliations. First they suffered through the acts themselves: demeaning–often public–groping, unwanted, invasive kisses, crude, belittling comments.

“Far worse, they felt forced by circumstance to let Schwarzenegger behave badly—like an over-indulged toddler, as one woman put it. A complaint against the bigger-than-life moneymaker could tank their careers. Not a single woman felt anyone would have taken their side or chastised the star…

“I went to the door of a woman in Orange County who supposedly had conceived a child with Schwarzenegger. She became teary-eyed the moment I identified myself as a reporter, repeatedly and emphatically denying that Schwarzenegger had fathered her son. Soon after, a British tabloid published her name and said she had a ‘love child’ with the actor. We were never able to confirm this.”

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“Associates of Mr. Schwarzenegger and Ms. Shriver, pointing to the request for privacy, offered only scant details. The child was said to be a boy, about 14 years old. Several friends said the mother was working around the house, pregnant, at the same time that Ms. Shriver was pregnant with the youngest of the couple’s four children, Christopher, who is 13. The woman and the child did not live in the house.

“By every account, Mr. Schwarzenegger made no mention of the situation to Ms. Shriver or to the team of political consultants he brought in during the 2003 recall election against Mr. Davis, and in the re-election campaign in 2006.

“Friends of both Mr. Schwarzenegger and Ms. Shriver expressed astonishment not only at his actions, but also that he had eluded detection by the public and his family over the course of his very public life. Mr. Schwarzenegger told his wife about the affair only late last year, at the end of his public service career, and shortly after the mother of his son left the job with severance after working for the family for 20 years.”

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“Mindel said he suspects that a DNA test was performed to establish paternity (the staffer was married to another man when the child was born), and then Schwarzenegger made child-support arrangements.

“‘I can’t even fathom that he has a checkbook and writes checks for, say, the gardener,’ Mindel said. Average child support from a ‘high net-worth individual’ like the former movie star would be $15,000 to $30,000 a month, which means it’s highly likely that a business manager or accountant would be aware of the child, even if his wife Maria Shriver was not.

“But those expenses don’t show up in public filings; politicians are only required to disclose money coming in, not money they spend. ‘The personal disclosure statement details the official’s economic interests — where they’ve received money or where they have money invested,’ said Roman Porter, executive director of Fair Political Practices Commission.”

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“While this story doesn’t raise the same sort of legal issues as the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the International Monetary Fund head accused of rape, it does raise questions about the intersection of private life and public office. As the Times notes in passing, Maria Shriver was a particularly visible and active First Lady of California and her dismissal of sexual harassment charges by more than a dozen women against her husband played a pivotal role in keeping his candidacy on track. Would she have done so had she known about his love child? Would she have still been married to him, thus helping him politically?

“I think anyone’s heart goes out especially to the kids involved (adults, all things being equal, can deal with things). But this story raises questions about politicians’ personal lives–especially when they use their family members as stage props in their campaigns.”

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“With the announcement last week that he was separating from Shriver, and Tuesday’s revelation of the out-of-wedlock birth, Schwarzenegger truly came full circle.

“Times columnist James Rainey, recalling the paper’s coverage of Schwarzenegger’s behavior toward women, said the candidate’s 2003 sales pitch turned out to be too good to be true.

“‘A state facing outsize problems, looked to an outsize character to fix them. … The truth was, the story and its central figure may have presented a glossy and attractive narrative. But the final cut fit right into a drearily familiar mold,’ he wrote.

“In the sad coda to his political career, Schwarzenegger validated all those who had criticized him along the way as a vulgarian and a political naif— a Hollywood production with little below the surface.”

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“His megawatt-smile denials were pure pap, and if knowledge of his affair had been public it’s almost a dead certainty that the recall would have failed and Gray Davis would have remained governor. The car tax would have stayed in place, no bonds would have been issued to make up for it, and California’s deficit problems would have been less than half as bad as they turned out to be under Schwarzenegger.

“That’s what comes of running a politically motivated snap election with weird rules in six weeks: you don’t really know what you’re getting. In the end, the Times was right about Schwarzenegger, and his folksy boys-will-be-boys denials were lies. We’ve paid a pretty high price for that.”

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Maybe I’ll make the drive over to see you, Kini…I best hurry befor T-Paw gets elected, though…

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 4:39 AM

OC,

Listen to good coffee

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 4:41 AM

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 4:39 AM

Yo, from the Barcelona Airport. Trans-Atlantic cruise complete.

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 4:42 AM

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 4:42 AM

Mornin’
Hope you had a good time…

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2011 at 4:43 AM

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 4:42 AM

Send lots of pics from the Spanish beaches…Hope you had a fun time…

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 4:48 AM

Mornin’ to you too. It’s 10:45 am here. I’m heading to London for a cruise through the Baltic’s on Sunday. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Moscow if you don’t hear from me after June 3rd.

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 4:49 AM

Maybe I’ll make the drive over to see you, Kini…I best hurry befor T-Paw gets elected, though…

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 4:39 AM

Just take the H1 to the H3 offramp. There you’ll see the bridge to the Big Island.

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 4:50 AM

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 4:49 AM

Why, does the dentally challenged beau owe money to the Ruski mob?

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 4:52 AM

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 4:49 AM

Let us know if you see James Bond, and if you see Emma Peel, give her my number!

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 4:52 AM

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 4:49 AM

Will do…
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Who is tending your business while you flit around the globe?

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2011 at 4:55 AM

Kini,

I’m still working on the I-40 to Hawaii section of road…

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 4:55 AM

Why, does the dentally challenged beau owe money to the Ruski mob?

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 4:52 AM

He’s not with me this time.

Who is tending your business while you flit around the globe?

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2011 at 4:55 AM

My 2 foreman as usual.

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 4:57 AM

OC,

Listen to good coffee…

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 4:41 AM

We grow coffee here.

Maxwell house is still pretty good!

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 4:58 AM

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 4:57 AM

Where have you been, and where are you going?

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 5:01 AM

Maxwell house is still pretty good!

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 4:58 AM

You mean that Kona coffee that was $25 bucks a pound a couple years ago?

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 5:02 AM

I’m still working on the I-40 to Hawaii section of road…

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 4:55 AM

This may take awhile.

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 5:02 AM

Where have you been, and where are you going?

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 5:01 AM

Crossed the Atlantic, stopped at the Azore’s, going to Copenhagen, Helsinki, Berlin, Sweden, Estonia and 2 nights in St.Petersberg.

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 5:04 AM

Over and out guys, I have to board my plane to Madrid.

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 5:05 AM

Yeah he didn’t look too good. I still say Newt’s problem is he is a pre web politician thinking the old rules still apply. Back in the 80′s and 90′s you could say things like this to a target audience and then change your talking points for the next targeted auidence and be all things to all people. the MTP auidnece are mostly Seniors therefore Newt was onadering to the Seniors.

However in the post web world your audience is always EVERYONE and therefore Newt’s style no longer works…..unless you are Obama and have the media to cover for you.

unseen on May 17, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Plausible , it’s an old routine that once worked.

the_nile on May 18, 2011 at 5:06 AM

He’s not with me this time.

And you didn’t call???

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 5:07 AM

Kini,

This is my other car

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 5:09 AM

You mean that Kona coffee that was $25 bucks a pound a couple years ago?

Knucklehead on May 18, 2011 at 5:02 AM

It is still is expensive, even here, and in my opinion overrated.

There are plenty of good growers, but they have another problem to deal with, coffee beetle

When mixed with a little baileys irish cream, I can’t tell the difference in the flavor.

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 5:09 AM

When mixed with a little baileys irish cream, I can’t tell the difference in the flavor.

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 5:09 AM

I like a little rum in my coffee…

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2011 at 5:15 AM

This is my other car…

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 5:09 AM

And who’s that? Raul, your driver?

He’ll have to stay in the guest rooms, with the rest of the servants.

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 5:16 AM

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 5:16 AM

That’s JtL…We promise not to talk sports…

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 5:19 AM

I like a little rum in my coffee…

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2011 at 5:15 AM

Always makes the morning, no matter!

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 5:19 AM

I’ve been making a pot of coffee at night and putting it in the ice box for the morning, when I pour it over ice cubes since it is getting warmer here…

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2011 at 5:23 AM

We promise not to talk sports…

Gohawgs on May 18, 2011 at 5:19 AM

I’m thinking it’s going to be a long ride….

But hey, you managed to bring this tread back to the topic.

Promises!

Kini on May 18, 2011 at 5:23 AM

I don’t buy this bit one bit:

“Far worse, they felt forced by circumstance to let Schwarzenegger behave badly—like an over-indulged toddler, as one woman put it. A complaint against the bigger-than-life moneymaker could tank their careers. Not a single woman felt anyone would have taken their side or chastised the star…

They didn’t want to run any the least tiny bit risk of losing out on the money.

Terminator is bad but these are not angels either.

Sherman1864 on May 18, 2011 at 5:34 AM

I knew he was really a democrat!

kregg on May 18, 2011 at 6:08 AM

If you’ve seen the pictures (search Mildred Baena) the only thing stranger than Ahnold having an undetected shadow marriage with someone name Mildred, is that his DNA must be so strong that the mother came out looking more like him than the kid did.

curved space on May 18, 2011 at 6:30 AM

So that’s why he married a Kennedy: no morals, no ethics and a feeling of privilege, power along with prestige.

He fit right in…

ajacksonian on May 18, 2011 at 6:34 AM

A state facing outsize problems, looked to an outsize character to fix them. … The truth was, the story and its central figure may have presented a glossy and attractive narrative. But the final cut fit right into a drearily familiar mold,’

wow, who else’s narrative does this sound like?

ted c on May 18, 2011 at 6:36 AM

If you’ve seen the pictures (search Mildred Baena) the only thing stranger than Ahnold having an undetected shadow marriage with someone name Mildred, is that his DNA must be so strong that the mother came out looking more like him than the kid did.

curved space on May 18, 2011 at 6:30 AM

What I’ve read , she kept the child a secret from Ahnold for a couple of years. Pension plan.

the_nile on May 18, 2011 at 6:44 AM

Lack of impulse control is a character flaw. Just one of many for Ahnold. And it doesn’t help that he has so many toadies around to help lie about his bad behavior. Vile human flotsam.

SKYFOX on May 18, 2011 at 6:57 AM

MoDo weighs in…

We’re always fascinated with the contradiction that cosmopolitan, high-powered, multilingual people can behave in such primitive ways.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/opinion/18dowd.html

you might have an issue with your worldview MoDo. I’m always fascinated with the contradiction that cosmopolitan, high-powered newspapers can employ such primitive talent such as yours…

fascinations.

ted c on May 18, 2011 at 7:09 AM

saw that piece on AC360 about the wayward men of politics and they conveinently left out elliot spitzer…interesting….

hope this is the last we hear about arnold…one will either go to his movies or not from now on…

cmsinaz on May 18, 2011 at 7:14 AM

Shriver didn’t know?…….really?

She grew up in a family famous for this type of stuff. Truth be known there is probably plenty of this going around in that marriage.

Kennedy………adultery?

Who knew that could happen.

PappyD61 on May 18, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Now that I have slept on it, the only emotion I am feeling for Arnold is… pity.

I wouldn’t want to trade places with him for all the whisky in Ireland (movie reference: LA Confidential)…

Khun Joe on May 18, 2011 at 7:39 AM

I’m impressed that he can write a check for $15,000 a month and nobody notices.
Biden runs around telling the world who killed Osama, but nobody knows about a “love child”…strange priorities…

right2bright on May 18, 2011 at 7:45 AM

hope this is the last we hear about arnold…one will either go to his movies or not from now on…
cmsinaz on May 18, 2011 at 7:14 AM

+1. Put me in the not category…
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Don’t blame me, I voted for Tom McClintock…

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2011 at 7:46 AM

Shriver didn’t know?…….really?

She grew up in a family famous for this type of stuff. Truth be known there is probably plenty of this going around in that marriage.

Kennedy………adultery?

Who knew that could happen.

PappyD61 on May 18, 2011 at 7:32 AM

It could be the tool they controlled Ahnuld with all the time. Manchurian candidate.

the_nile on May 18, 2011 at 7:46 AM

It could be the tool they controlled Ahnuld with all the time. Manchurian candidate.

the_nile on May 18, 2011 at 7:46 AM

One does wonder who wielded that sword over his head and what decisions he made to keep it from crashing down.

SKYFOX on May 18, 2011 at 7:55 AM

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2011 at 7:46 AM

mornin’ oc :)

cmsinaz on May 18, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Hillary is still married to Bill, so infidelity isn’t a marriage killer to liberal democrats like Shriver and Schwartenneggar (er, I mean republican). Not.

eaglewingz08 on May 18, 2011 at 9:09 AM

I like a little rum in my coffee…

OmahaConservative on May 18, 2011 at 5:15 AM

Down here in Texas, we call that drink a diesel. A good way to finish the morning in a hunting camp. Get a healthy glow going as soon as you get back from the blind.

saiga on May 18, 2011 at 1:49 PM

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