POLITICS IN THE USA
James Campion on the Campaign
partys stance is that Schwarzenegger is nothing more than
a fancy car being driven by far more qualified passengers...'
is running up quite a tab in Iraq, and to think we cant get anyone
to help us pay for it. Half the states in the union are broke, fuel
prices are bloating unmercifully, North Korea has turned into a 21st
century nuclear madhouse, and it looks like its almost inevitable
now that J-Lo and Affleck are going to perpetuate their banal genes
into the species. As for Georgetown, this columns most requested,
and recently, pitifully absent contributor; hes in California
covering what by all accounts should be only the second successful voter-instigated
revulsion of a governor in the 127-year fun-loving history of this republic.
This two-part conversation took place over the phone late on 9/3, 34
days before the California Recall, as the anonymous Republican insider
dutifully manned his post at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Los
Angeles. His pricey room service order not withstanding, the bankrolling
of "the trip" was very much a GOP mission. His mood, although
conciliatory at first, had begun to foul when we began the following
jc: What the hell are doing in California? You hate California.
Georgetown: Christ, Im working for the party. This is where the
action is for the next month. You do know they pelted Schwarzenegger
with eggs at a rally last night in Long Beach. ( Arnie is now asking
jc: So Ill take your presence there as proof the national wing
of the party is now entrenched in California, despite rumors out of
the White House that a changeover might actually harm the numbers for
Bush in 2004? GT: Dont listen to that bullshit. There are very
good sources that project an inevitable up-swing in the economy here
that will reflect in the national numbers by Christmas, and that cannot
happen with a Democrat in the governors chair.
jc: So you guys are playing this like the stock market. Less politically,
GT: As always, on the state level, politics is economically driven.
We knew once the Recall started to become a reality that it was a fair
in to open ideological debates. This state is so bad off right now it
could severely cripple the national economy. Blurring the lines politically
was the only choice.
jc: You are aware that almost a third of the states in this republic
are going belly up. Theyve proposed significant tax hikes in Alabama
for the first time ever. Nightline had a militia group from Tuscaloosa
on last night threatening to burn down the capitol building this weekend.
GT: Yes, I heard Jesus Christ has been called in as a Socialist icon
for the horsewhipping.
jc: Anyone with half a brain has come to the sobering understanding
that the Pentagon is currently running domestic policy.
GT: Pretty good comeback for a flaccid concept a mere 16 months ago.
jc: Back to Schwarzenegger. Listen, Im all for anyone running
for anything anytime, and if he doesnt want to be exposed by a
debate, its his right. I actually like Arnie. But is this ass
wipe going to say anything concrete beyond repeating "California
is the golden state" with forcibly veiled references to 'The Terminator'
every five minutes?
GT: I think Schwarzenegger has been very clear that he is merely a figurehead
for an economic strategy conglomerate to audit and strip down the current
criminal activity running unchecked through this atrociously run state
government. Anything beyond that is gravy as for this campaign. People
teetering on leads with an exclusive celebrity monopoly on the local
and national media do not waste time debating pollution, medicinal marijuana
and illegal aliens with dime-store plebeians.
jc: So the partys stance is that Schwarzenegger is nothing more
than a fancy car being driven by far more qualified passengers.
GT: Schwarzenegger is the hood ornament.
jc: You know there is still a chance this Recall might not happen. The
LA Times released a poll last Friday (8/29) that the number for ousting
Davis is now at 50%, down from 58% in mid-August.
jc: When I came out here early last week, the partys goal was
to rally the conservatives around Schwarzenegger. By as late as two
weeks ago, that was still a problem. Then I get out here and their telling
me the Davis comeback is starting to become a concern. Now my feeling,
and its in the minority right now, is that Davis cannot come back
from this because the people who refute booting him wont make
it to the polls.
jc: You only expect a significant turn-out for voters supporting the
GT: What the fucking LA Times poll does not factor is our extensive
research that most Californians opposed to the Recall will choose to
abstain from the process as protest to their original votes being appropriated
by what they feel is an unfair coup. Their opposition is merely vocal,
not political. They will bow out from a process they feel was initially
pointless. Theyve already voted, and now they have to vote again?
This is the reasoning here among an alarming number of Recall detractors.
jc: Thats insane.
GT: Welcome to California. When was the last time you were out here?
When we spoke in San Francisco in 99? Nearly a third of the current
California voter base is on the verge of anarchy. But who can blame
them? Im only here as part of a political strategist conference.
People who pose a threat to a Republican victory are my only concern.
If they affect Schwarzeneggers electability, I pay attention.
Otherwise, I cant be bothered. The way I see it, possible anarchy
only helps us.
jc: Have you met with Schwarzenegger?
GT: Only in a group, last week. Hes a bright man, with a good
heart, and its a fucking shame the press out here has seen fit
to take his two-week campaign to paint him as a womanizing, pothead,
son of a Nazi.
jc: Thats nothing. All of us on the east coast were convinced
Gray Davis was feeding live infants to Incubus in his basement.
GT: I heard that.
jc: Before we move on to national affairs, how do you see this playing
GT: Davis is finished. The media is lost on this. Our only hurtle is
Cruz Bustamante, who is alienating the voter base I just mentioned.
Here is a guy who is at once trying to hoist the "dont recall"
flag up the pole, while aggressively running a campaign for governor.
Its the most blatant two-faced hypocrisy known to the political
system, and this from a man who is the fucking lieutenant governor under
the man who is weeks from being exiled. The only way we dont take
this deal is because it takes place in California. And anyone who claims
they know what these people might do are either drugged up or plain
jc: Didnt you just predict
GT: Fuck you. Next subject.
PART II -
Iraq, North Korea, Democratic Presidential Candidates, Hillary Clinton,
Britney kisses Madonna & more.
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