Friday, February 1, 2008

Why I Love The Governator

As I'm sure most of you have already heard, Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed John McCain yesterday. Arnold says that he thinks McCain "has a great vision in protecting the environment and also protecting the economy."

I much appreciate that line, the proximity of those two words. One thing I like about both Hillary and Obama is that they intertwine their economic and environmental policies and, in doing so, tune in to the reality of the world. Maintaining healthy economies over the long term requires that we strive for environmental sustainability. The mindset that "the environment" is anything less than a core platform issue is irresponsible, exploitative, get rich quick thinking.

Hit and run economics? Think that one could catch on? Metaphors, baby. I love it.

Anyway, the point is: I think Arnold is a smart guy. I definitely question that conviction every time I remember that he spoke at the 2004 Republican Convention in support of George W. Bush. But I have seen Pumping Iron, and I have watched the bonus footage interviews about the making of Pumping Iron. Arnold is a natural born politician. He has an outrageously huge ego. He is one of a tiny minority of people that truly, sincerely approach bodybuilding as an art. And he is brilliant in his own ridiculous way. If you haven't seen Pumping Iron, I highly highly recommend it. It's fascinating.

2 comments:

Danny Shapiro said...

Here's a quote from Pumping Iron.

"The greatest feeling you can get in a gym or the most satisfying feeling you can get in the gym is the pump. Let's say you train your biceps, blood is rushing in to your muscles and that's what we call the pump. Your muscles get a really tight feeling like your skin is going to explode any minute and its really tight and its like someone is blowing air into your muscle and it just blows up and it feels different, it feels fantastic. It's as satisfying to me as cumming is, you know, as in having sex with a woman and cumming. So can you believe how much I am in heaven? I am like getting the feeling of cumming in the gym, I'm getting the feeling of cumming at home, I'm getting the feeling of cumming backstage, when I pump up, when I pose out in front of 5000 people I get the same feeling, so I am cumming day and night. Its terrific, right? So I am in heaven."

You're a weirdo, Jakenstein.

~Tomato Pie

Jake de Grazia said...

Arnold's a weirdo, and that's what I love about him.

Good for California for not holding this kind of quote against him.

Nobody's perfect, even you, Danny.