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Tuesday, August 12, 2003

The Other Last Action Hero-Ganns Deens points out the Philippine's track record with actor-presidents, having elected (and then forced out of office by mob action) a action-movie actor named Joseph Estrada, who was popular but autocratic and corrupt. I don't think American politics would swallow the autocratic style of Estrada, so I'm not sure that's a good analogy. Plus, Estrada and Schwarzenegger have different persona. Estrada would be best compared, if I understand his movie portfolio, to Charles Bronson, more dour and pessimistic in seeking justice than the tongue-in-cheek Ahnold. That negative swagger carried over into the presidential mansion. At least Schwarzenegger would make politics fun. He's not just "a much-better-built Joe Lieberman" as Larry Miller put it, but a funnier one too. Yes, he's no conservative, but he'll be an improvement over the Gray Gentleman.

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