Skip to comments.Report: Rob Lowe May Join Arnold[Schwarzenegger]'s Campaign Team
Posted on 08/15/2003 6:13:50 AM PDT by TheBigB
Former "West Wing" star Rob Lowe may get into politics for real -- as an advisor to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the dashing actor who played the White House deputy communications director Sam Seaborn on the NBC political drama, may join the campaign team.
Lowe is a longtime Democratic activist and friend of Schwarzenegger's and of his wife Maria Shriver.
Schwarzenegger is running for Calif. Governor on the Republican ticket. There are 135 other candidates, including has-been actor Gary Coleman, running in the Oct. 7 governor recall election.
Citing unnamed campaign sources, the Times says Schwarzenegger and Shriver, who is a member of the Kennedy clan, asked Lowe to take a senior campaign spot.
Bonnie Reiss, a strategist for Schwarzenegger's campaign who's also a Democrat, told the newspaper that she's met with Lowe. Campaign representative Karen Hanretty would say only that a formal announcement about the campaign team would be made in days to come.
With the addition of dwarf tossers and a bearded lady then the team will be complete.
We'll see. I hope I'm wrong. I hope Arnold is Ronald Reagan part deux with an accent.
By the way, what is YOUR definition of a conservative?
There are NO absolutes in the liberal world. NONE! Little Johnny robbed the 7-11 because his mother beat him on Thursday mornings. Peter Pimp deals in flesh because he has low self-esteem. Sammy the Serial Slayer kills eighteen women because the doctor dropped him on his head when he was born to his drug-crazed, single, street-walking mother. Greta the Graduating Senior can't read because there was thirty-two students in her second grade class instead of only twenty-eight and the teacher couldn't give her enough "personal" attention. The word "is" so confuses Pee Wee Klintoon that he's exonerated in liberal minds -- that and oral sex really isn't sex or, depending on what liberal camp you're in, it was "just" sex so why the big deal.
Drango, that's the problem. There are absolutes in this world! The blurring of the lines between the political parties and liberal-conservative camps are, because of the smoke-screens left by the blurring, leaving those of us who believe in right and wrong, who believe in a strong law and order society, who believe the Bible is more than a Cliff Notes Guide on how to live ones life, and who believe one must be held responsible for ones own actions with nowhere to turn.
Both parties are wishy-washy, professional politicians who stand for nothing, who fight for nothing, who do nothing but try to assure themselves of a job after the next election cycle.
Is that what conservatism has come to?
Again I ask you . . . What is your definition of conservatism?
We are? We do?
I couldn't begin to kown my take on Arnold, because I don't know his take on the issues.
Is that a poll of Freepers who are registered California voters?
Any entertainment program that gets you to reconsider American history without seeming too much like a civics class is a program with which to be reckoned.
"New facts are particularly devastating for those who say Richard Nixon, for example, just made his name as a Commie basher and tore down Alger Hiss for his own good," Lowe noted. "Nixon was right about Alger Hiss and people don't realize that. Listen, I'm no fan of Richard Nixon, but it turns out that he was right about that."
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, too.
"They were both cause celebres, particularly for liberal Democrats," Lowe noted, "and it turns out they were wrong."
It was just a year ago people thought Lowe was bitter that "The West Wing" had become an ensemble drama rather than a star vehicle for him. ("My good friends the tabloids," he said. "That was a real head-scratcher to me and hurtful.") But it can hardly bother him that he gets one of Sorkin's trademark, center-stage monologues this week.
"It's just [an episode] about betrayal, a show about disillusionment, and that's a scene that anybody can relate to, particularly with what's going on now when I read about this spy case," he said, citing the series' patriotic optimism as its chief appeal.
"We've been through a time of great cynicism in this country and, in a weird way, I think [the fact] that people are so cynical about the process is why the show really works, because it's sort of an antidote," Lowe said. "Americans are optimistic people. We want to believe and deep down we know that our system is the best in the world. This show speaks to that."
So compelling and convincing is its take on White House life, even if it strains reality for dramatic effect, that people are forever trying to connect the dots between the fictional administration and its real-life counterpart. Former White House aide George Stephanopoulous, in his new role as a commentator at ABC News, had Lowe cornered the other day.
"He says: `OK, Rob. Let's cut to the chase. Let's talk about The Big Rumor,' " Lowe said. "I go, `You mean the rumor that I'm playing you?' He goes, `No, the rumor that you're really a Republican.' "
Now there's a headline.
You must be too young to remember when he got in big time trouble due to video taping himself having sex with an underaged girl in a motel room. There were still folks surprised to see him back in the Hollywood fold after many years of lost jobs when he got a role on the popular West Wing.
I think the poll should be reset, so we can vote on it now, with full knowledge of just how liberal Ahnold is.
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