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October 05, 2003

Honestly Honestly

My kids, like most elementary school kids, overhear some stuff from television that I have to tone down and deflect. One of those things are the allegations about Schwartzenegger's misconduct with women. My kids also hear from other kids that Arnold is cool. Naturally, I instruct my children that other children are stupid knuckleheads that don't always have the benefit of brilliant and loving parents. So there have been several occasions upon which I've had to grumble audibly when Schwartzenegger's name or commercials come up on TV for the benefit of my children's critical thinking skills.

It occured to me, that with the exception of 'Twins' and 'Kindergarten Cop' both very admirable films, most of Schwartzenegger's oevre (did I spell that correctly?) is patently objectionable to parents of young children. So I wondered today, why it is that there hasn't been a TV commercial by the Democrats which made something of this point.

It's easy to point the finger at things that the world is just finding out about Schwartzenegger, but are his opponents so dense as to believe that everyone finds his body of work genuinely appealing? Do soccer moms have Schwartzenegger films playing at home? This home does not.

I have my reasons for preferring AS over McClintock. That's party politics. I would have much rather had a larger choice of Republicans.

For other parents like me who have cable, there is probably a good amount of familiarity with the Fairly Oddparents. The toughest fairy is a charicature of Schwartzenegger, and quite frankly he's pretty cool. But the real deal is not so cool and I can't imagine that California mothers honestly, honestly want to have to explain the differences to their children.

That said, it's foolish to believe that in 2003 most of our choices are paragons of virtue, but honestly...

UPDATE: "Yuk" is what the daughter said this morning.

SECOND UPDATE: Dissident Frogman nails the stupidity of the ad that actually tried to spin this.

Posted by mbowen at October 5, 2003 11:13 PM

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