6. Who will attack whom, intra-party, cross-party, and otherwise? And for what?
7. Who the heck is actually going to turn out to vote in this thing?
California recall, Arnold:
On the Today show this morning, Schwarzenegger blew off yesterday's stories that Riordan didn't know he was running, saying, "Riordan called [me] the night before, and said, 'Arnold you're the best candidate. You should run. I don't have the fire in the belly, you have the fire in the belly."
In an interview in which Matt Lauer struggled to squeeze in his questions, Schwarzenegger declined to talk specifics about his plans to "overhaul the economic engine" of California, emphasizing the need for his leadership. Lauer ran out of time to press Schwarzenegger on the business-opposed paid family leave law in California when technical difficulties evidently kept Schwarzenegger from hearing the question.
Schwarzenegger told ABC's Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America that he's running for governor to clean up the mess in California. He wants to create a vision, he said, and is "assembling a problem solving team that's being put together as we speak."
On Ted Kennedy: "If we don't see eye to eye [politically] that's fine with me, but no one can divide this family."
On a Washington Post report that a Schwarzenegger aide hinted he may be open to raising taxes: "First of all I cannot imagine that anyone on my team said that. …
Let's bring businesses back to California."
On whether he blames President Bush for the national deficit as he blames Governor Davis for the state deficit: "I don't mix apples and oranges, I look at the state."
On criticism from Rush Limbaugh and gay marriage: "I don't want to get into that right now. As we go on with our campaign we'll get into those issues."
On why he announced on the Tonight Show: "I do things in an odd way, in a very unusual way. … There's nothing unusual about it for the people who know me really well."
On CBS, Arnold took the lead in listing, again, "womanizing" and "steroids" as things that will be thrown at him.
Now that reporters have had a chance to catch their collective breaths and think, questions about Schwarzenegger's readiness to be governor are coming out of the woodwork.
The New York Post 's Deborah Orin writes about the chances of the best-known candidate in the race. LINK So does USA Today 's Martin Kasindorf. LINK
And the Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas and Megan Garvey. LINK
And the New York Post 's Howard Breuer and William Gorta. LINK The New York Post 's Todd Venezia takes a quick look at the starring points of the oppo books … . LINK … and at Schwarzenegger's business dealings over the years. LINK Schwarzenegger's trip to pick up his papers yesterday had the feel of a movie premiere. So say the New York Daily News' Helen Kennedy. LINK; the Los Angeles Times' Joe Mathews and Jia-Rui Chong. LINK; and San Francisco Chronicle's Carla Marinucci. LINK.
That'll teach us to read the tabloids first. The New York Times ' Dean Murphy leads with a lay-of-the-land piece explaining the Democrats' intraparty struggles to deal with breaking ranks, finding a candidate, and gearing up to try to defeat the Terminator. LINK