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Thursday, September 04, 2003

I Sense A Certain Skepticism Amongst The Press Corps

The NY Times describes Briefings With Arnold, as the next Governor of California does his homework:

The education goes on daily, with an endless procession of policy experts traipsing to his headquarters in Santa Monica. Sometimes, they go to his home for coffee discussions or to Schatzi, his beachside restaurant, for dinner conversations.

People at the briefings say Mr. Schwarzenegger prefers to read along with his tutors' policy papers. An aide takes notes, and after hours of questions and answers, Mr. Schwarzenegger breaks down complicated issues into digestible catchalls like: "Special interests have a stranglehold on Sacramento. Here's how it works. Money comes in, favors go out. The people lose."

Those words have made it into a new 15-second television advertisement with this coda, "We need to send a message: Game over."

Movie buffs will recognize "Game over" from the title of Spy Kids 3-D, starring Sly Stallone.

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