Mark Arax of the Los Angeles Times spent a lot of time talking to Arnold's gym-mates from 1970s and dug up some stuff that may belie Schwarzenegger's claim that he was making a lot of stuff up simply to promote body building. LINK
"Bit by bit, Arnold Schwarzenegger chips away at his myth. The stories he told in the 1970s of orgies and pot smoking and cruel tricks were fantastic fibs, he now says, a way to draw attention to himself and his beloved sport of bodybuilding."
"But the men who sweated beside him in those years — fellow Mr. Olympias and Mr. Universes — say Schwarzenegger is tidying up his past as he eyes a new crown, the California governorship. The Schwarzenegger they knew was extreme in everything, from the weights he pounded to the anabolic steroids he consumed, from the merciless tricks he played on lesser men to the women he stole from friends."
Everyone in Southern California (and we mean everyone) seems to have an outrageous Arnold story, but will enough of them break through in the next 8 days to have a real impact on the outcome of the race?
California recall, the governor:
Team Davis calls the CNN/ USA Today /Gallup poll a "joke." Art Torres doing battle on Today this morning with Duf Sundheim says the Democrats' internal polls are far more accurate. We're not quite sure how Mr. Torres is determining the accuracy prior to seeing the election results.
Governor Davis' campaign is pleased with many of the newspaper editorial boards across the state urging their readers to vote no on the recall. But as far as we can tell the Schwarzenegger surging poll numbers seems to get much more prominent play.
Here are some of yesterday's ed board clips: LINK; LINK; LINK
California recall, the rest of the field:
The Los Angeles Times on casino Indian tribes' influence in the recall campaign. LINK
"In no time at all, they have established California's fastest growing industry and have become a powerful force in statehouse politics. Now the state's fabulously prosperous casino tribes are the major players in a historic campaign drama: the gubernatorial recall."
"Having contributed or spent $11.1 million in the recall campaign, the tribes have much at stake in the contest to determine who sits in the Capitol's big corner office."
The Los Angeles Times' George Skelton credits Arianna Huffington for bringing the issue of campaign finance reform to the table. LINK
Politics: If The Note had a bookclub … while continuing to rake in the rave reviews. LINK
American Woman extraordinaire Gail Collins is now receiving televised gushing as she tours the airwaves to discuss her book America's Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines. LINK
USA Today 's Susan Page thinks that General Clark and Arnold Schwarzenegger share at least two things in common: inexperience and appeal. LINK
In the Boston Globe , Cathy Young compares the "hatred" for 43 versus the "hatred" for 42. LINK
In the Boston Globe , E.J. Graff Notes that California "recently leapfrogged the rest of the United States in protecting lesbian and gay pairs." LINK
Salon reports the group charged with creating a technical standard for electronic voting machines "is paralyzed by bitter infighting. Members of the body can't agree on the substance of a proposed standard for voting machines, nor can they even come to a consensus on a fair process for determining such a standard." LINK
The New Haven Register on the political piggy bank that is the Constitution State. LINK
The Scripps-Howard News Service looks at the ways in which FedEx flexes its political muscle. LINK
Bush administration personality/strategy:
James Billington, Librarian of Congress, and Karen Hughes were spotted entering the White House grounds this weekend to accompany the First Lady to Paris.
Hughes went along on Laura's first solo trip to Europe as well.
Lloyd Grove's debut column for the New York Daily News leads with an item about flatulation devices owned by President Bush's uncle. LINK