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Arnold Schwarzenegger A Girlie Man On Hannity & Colmes

Reported by Ellen - October 11, 2005

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R.) appeared on Hannity & Colmes last night for an "exclusive" interview that lasted almost half an hour. But the self-styled tough guy took questions only from conservative Sean Hannity and even those were pretty easy.

Schwarzenegger has several referendums on the state ballot in November, all of which are trailing in the polls. His own poll numbers are at an all time low as well, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. But on Hannity & Colmes he claimed that he didn't care that his poll numbers have suffered "Because what I'm fighting for is not me... It's about something much bigger."

In fact, the something bigger Schwarzenegger is fighting for IS about him. He's fighting for more power. As The San Francisco Chronicle writes, Proposition 76, "the linchpin" of Schwarzeneggers "year of reform" seeks to

limit spending and give governors unilateral power to balance the books in times of financial crisis (my emphasis).

...Its supporters -- fiscal conservatives and business groups -- say the measure will eliminate chronic deficits that have led to increased state borrowing and poor credit ratings.

Critics, including Democratic lawmakers and unions, say Schwarzenegger is attempting a power grab that will leave education particularly vulnerable because spending on K-12 schools and community colleges makes up 40 percent of the state's nearly $100 billion general fund.

Sounds like an interesting issue worth exploring but Hannity didn't. He gave this one-sided "analysis." "So what Proposition 76 says is control spending, pay down the debt, and balance the budget, without raising taxes."

You can read more about the propositions at The San Francisco Chronicle's "politics" page and at the California Legislative Analyst's Office, self-described as "California's Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor."

During the interview, Hannity and Schwarzenegger joked about their exploits on horseback but that was about the extent of their machismo during the interview. The only hard questions Hannity asked were about illegal immigration - when he pressed Ah-nold to push his friends in the Bush Administration to do more.

A Google News search quickly indicates that Hannity & Colmes is not the only forum where Schwarzenegger turns chicken. In an article about a joint appearance with John McCain, the San Francisco Chronicle reported,

The governor's campaign team doesn't even pretend that anyone but targeted supporters are invited to Schwarzenegger's events. At the Oakland hotel, the 200 women present -- who enthusiastically cheered the governor -- came from local Chambers of Commerce, small business groups and the California Women's Leadership Conference, a group formerly the Conservative Women's Leadership Conference.

Hannity & Colmes' website promises "a heated discussion in a nightly face-off. Relishing in controversial topics, personalities and social issues, conservative radio commentator Sean Hannity and liberal radio personality Alan Colmes offer their points-of-view in an often animated, always compelling debate."

Debate? What debate? As Schwarzenegger reeled off one talking point after another, with little or no scrutiny from Hannity, there was barely even a discussion, much less a heated one.

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