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53% in favor of the recall, 42% opposed. The PPIC poll also has Bustamante and Schwarzenegger in a dead heat (28% and 25%, respectively) with McClintock trailing a bit behind.

Keying off the latest PPIC poll, La Opinion writes under the headline, "The Recall Loses Strength." LINK

California recall, Arnold:

The Los Angeles Times' Joe Mathews discusses what has become a standard Schwarzenegger defense: He made it up: LINK "Confronted with Schwarzenegger's own words on drug use, his early business practices, women and his immigration status, campaign aides — and the candidate himself — have disavowed many of the comments he has made during the last 30 years.

In doing so, they have said that Schwarzenegger either exaggerated or erred in dozens of interviews he gave to promote his career and even in his 1977 autobiography."

And here's that Sean Walsh quote in all its glory:

"This week, Sean Walsh, a campaign spokesman, said that, 'as an entertainer and promoter of his sports and films for decades, he has often stretched the envelope to grab attention and to promote activities he has been engaged in, to shock and grab the reader and the viewer.'"

Note to California reporters: would someone get Sean Walsh to stop saying "stretch the envelope," which is a mixed metaphor which we think goes too far in pushing the envelope.

Hell, everybody lies, the rationale goes. And it doesn't seem to be side-swiping Schwarzenegger's poll numbers.

"'I think this may be a precedent,' said Bill Carrick, a Democratic consultant who is not tied to a particular campaign in the recall. 'The entertainment business is a business where everybody gets to have a new life or new lives all the time. We're seeing the Hollywood model of public relations and the Hollywood model of crisis management applied to politics. I think you may see candidates deal with questions this way in the future.'"

The San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci was at Schwarzenegger's environmental event yesterday, where the candidate who's running for governor in the state that made the Prius famous drove up in — a GMC Yukon. LINK

Schwarzenegger talked about his proposal for a "hydrogen highway" — with hydrogen fueling stops every 20 miles on the state's highways, and criticized Davis for coming up with only lip service on the environment.

"But asked about legislation Davis has signed, including a bill that made California the first state to ban greenhouse gases, Schwarzenegger responded 'I'm not aware of all those bills he has signed.'"

The Los Angeles Times' Joe Mathews was there too. LINK

"As an actor, Schwarzenegger publicly embraced the Hummer, a gas-guzzling military vehicle, as part of his larger-than-life image, and helped transform it into a popular civilian vehicle. But as a candidate, he argued Sunday, he would be an environmentally friendly governor, opposing off-shore oil drilling, calling for more aggressive enforcement of environmental laws — and even retrofitting his Hummer to run on hydrogen instead of gasoline."

Matthews Notes the two dozen supporters at the event, and includes this priceless exchange:

"Pressed by reporters about why he had not converted his Hummer to cleaner fuel before he became a candidate, Schwarzenegger said: 'Because I'm not perfect.'"

And speaking of the actor that helped bring the Hummer to a driveway near you, Mickey Kaus picks up on Schwarzenegger saying he "created" the Hummer industry.

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