- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 29, 2004

No girlie man

“I am having the greatest time, because it’s so exhilarating and challenging. Every day, something new is happening. …

“Hard work is being in a coal mine or something like that. This is interesting work. My whole life, I only thought about ‘How can I build my career? How can I make the next million dollars?’ It’s great to just think about other people. …

“I am unique. I don’t want to be a regular governor. … I’m a much more free spirit, and I say things the way they are. …

“First of all, I have enough money, so I cannot be bought. That means I can represent the people rather than the special interests. Being an outsider, I have the ability to bring both parties together. That is how we were able to accomplish so much last year. …

“People have asked me, ‘How many special interests have come to you and told you that you owe them a favor because they supported your campaign?’ The answer is nobody. The press doesn’t believe it, and the fact is that even I am amazed that nobody has ever come to me for a favor. I think they know they can’t get anywhere with that.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger, interviewed by Jann S. Wenner, in the Dec. 30 issue of Rolling Stone

Which Jesus?

“Pacifist, holy crusader, enlightenment philosopher, Marxist revolutionary — all have been applied to Jesus. …

“For many conservatives, Jesus is the great moralist. His campaign against sin inspires, among other things, the public display of the Ten Commandments and fuels opposition to gay marriage. … Hollywood remains an abomination unto the Lord: If Christian radio is any guide, Jesus must think that ABC’s ‘Desperate Housewives’ is the next great threat to Western civilization.

“Liberals believe in a more socially minded messiah. He wants more government spending on social-welfare programs and supports the minimum wage. …

“The Jesus of the Bible offers forgiveness to murderers, but drives hucksters out of a temple with a whip. He dines with prostitutes, but promises hell-fire for religious hypocrites. He blesses the pure in heart, though never fails to call evil by its name.”

Joseph Loconte, writing on “They All Want Him on Their Side,” Dec. 23 in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Sneering elites

“Following the November election … a map circulating on the Internet showed the blue states of the east and west coasts annexed to Canada, with the red-state portions of the country that had voted Republican labelled ‘Jesusland.’ …

“Before the election, John Sperling, a liberal billionaire, bought ads in the New York Times and The Washington Post to promote the book ‘The Great Divide,’ which he co-authored. ‘Michael Moore vs. Mel Gibson. Hillary Clinton vs. Newt Gingrich. Smarter kids vs. smarter bombs’ — these dichotomies were supposed to illustrate the difference between cool, liberal ‘metro America’ and vulgar, conservative ‘retro America.’ …

“Red-state America — inland, suburban and working-class — represents the future of the U.S., not the expensive, class-stratified coastal cities like New York, Boston and San Francisco. Conservatives … have managed to put together a majority coalition because they have learned to speak the populist language of the vast region between the Appalachians and the Rockies. Liberals can do so as well — but only if they stop sneering at the people they aspire to lead.”

Michael Lind, writing on “Red-state sneer,” in the January issue of Prospect

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