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  • America has always like to conflate circus freak shows and politicians. Although I don't have examples ready, eighteenth century American politics are full of dubious candidates. I'll wait to see what kind of governator Arnie is. Who knows? Perhaps he'll do an ok job. I'll be amazed if the Republican war on taxes (while spending gobs of money on the military and spook projects) has any positive long-term benefit for the country as a whole. Somehow, it just seems petty and self-serving.
    • by ziggy (25) on 2003.10.09 10:13 (#24774) Journal
      Although I don't have examples ready, eighteenth century American politics are full of dubious candidates.
      Funny, I was about to say the same thing. Politics from the last quarter of the 19th Century and first quarter of the 20th century are particularly unmemorable. Except for prohibition and trustbreakers, that is.

      These days, the figurehead who takes the oath of office isn't really that important. For all of the hew and cry about "leadership" the real issue is about making the agenda. Arnold's political ability is moot; what matters are the advisers he brings with him and the advisers who insinuate themselves into his administration. His lack of policies don't really matter for him, or for Our Glorious Leader either, for that matter.