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  •  I really don't think its fame at work here... (2+ / 0-)
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    As obvious as that explanation may seem.  I actually believe that this has something to do with the strange cocktail that is California Politics.  In California, of course, fame can never be discounted, but the political questions and divides do run much deepter than can be captured by such a superficial explanation.

    In the collective imagination, "California" equals simply the "radical lifestyle".  Of course, this is a national myth that the nation and certainly the Republicn Part love to capitalize upon whenever it proves useful. California, of course, has pockets that are as conversative (if not moreso) as another other state/region of the nation.  At the same time, however, California present the broadest expanse of political culture and experience that this nation has known.  This, I believe, is an important and compelling fact to note.  There are other areas (or metropolitan relgions that are more liberal, or more conservcative) than California.  But in terms of the reach and range of politics, California provides a nice microcosim of a broad political specturm.  Morseo than any other political one could refer to in the U.S.

    I think its the weird balance actsearch for equilibrium force in California politics that helps to give rise to the Arnold popularity.  I honestly don't believe that its the simple "movie star" factor, even though that's a nice compact theory that very, very easy to sell to the lazy and unthinking media.

    In a democratic society some are guilty, but all are responsible. -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

    by a gilas girl on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 06:03:08 PM PDT

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