Vilification has set in: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s marital infidelity was politicized the moment the news he fathered a love child with a household employee hit public radar. Last week, the former California governor issued multiple mea culpas while his wife Maria Shriver begged for family privacy. Assorted press reports identified the mother as Tammy Tousignant, an attendant on Mr. Schwarzenegger’s private jet for two decades; the athletic son from the affair is said to be college age. An obligatory DNA paternity test is in the works. Twitter is riddled with untidy jokes, and of course, the habits and outcomes of other erring politicians have been revisited.
“John Edwards, move over. Mark Sanford and Newt Gingrich? Mere pikers. Arnold has the stage now,” observes Los Angeles Times political blogger Steve Lopez.
“Did Arnold Schwarzenegger’s governorship depend on keeping love child secret? Even if Schwarzenegger’s public persona was a macho rogue, adultery doesn’t play well with voters, especially Republicans,” says Christian Science Monitor writer Peter Grier.
“So Schwarzenegger turns out to be a true member of the Kennedy clan,” muses “Instapundit” Glenn Reynolds, a Pajamas Media contributor.
“He put himself out here, knowing there was all this scrutiny on his personal life. That was a really risky thing he did in even getting into politics, knowing this,” James Carville told ABC morning host George Stephanopoulos, who replied, “It is pretty amazing.” Both were close advisers and vigorous defenders of former President Bill Clinton during the height of the “bimbo eruptions” — including Mr. Clinton’s dal- liance with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
The former advisers show “supreme lack of irony or selfawareness,” Newsbusters analyst Scott Whitlock tells Inside the Beltway. “I think some journalists will continue to have no sense of irony when it comes to how they treated Clinton’s adulter y and how they’re reporting on Schwarzenegger. Stephanopoulos certainly seems unconcerned with how his current comments contrast with an aggressive defense of Bill Clinton.” partisan coalition says. The government sits on big investments in various funds, and can exchange liabilities from debt that “counts against the limit to debt that doesn’t.” Then get out of the bailout business, redeem TARP assets in full and lease government lands for energy production. Then sell public lands and reform federal property management.
And one more thing. End the spending spree, the tax group counsels. “Congress must use the debt limit debate to refocus on the government’s overspending problem, and make meaningful institutional reforms to establish fiscal restraint.”
Making a name for himself? Former Utah Gov. and possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman