Republicans evidently believe that Arnold Schwartzenegger is a great candidate for governor of California, even though he has no governmental experience at all and no one is really sure what his positions are on the issues. But according to Arnold's chief political consultant: "This is not a position election. This is a character election. People are looking at character here, they're looking at somebody who will go in and clean house. Arnold Schwarzenegger sounds like that person to me."
Or at least, he seems like that person, if you can't make the distinction between the actor and the character he plays. Do Republicans really believe that people think Arnold is going to show up in Sacramento with some oversized firearm and blow away California's budget problems?
I have to think they do think that. This is a party that thinks they can get away with marketing George W. Bush as a "president/naval aviator." Tom DeLay thinks the Democrats have problems on foreign policy because Ted Kennedy would look bad in a flight suit. Seems to me like the Republicans think you can never seem too macho or too quick on the trigger, and that looking good is the same thing as being a leader.
I don't think people really want politics to be transformed into a giant game of ¿quién es más macho?