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Steve Lopez to Schwarzenegger: You want criticism for your actions? Here it is

May 17, 2011 | 11:08 am

Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Lopez: Talk back John Edwards, move over. Mark Sanford and Newt Gingrich? Mere pikers.

Arnold has the stage now.

“While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not,” former Gov. Schwarzenegger said in a statement to the L.A. Times about fathering a love child with a woman on his household staff.

Hey, we’re all weak and we all make mistakes. But a domestic, under his own roof? Among other issues, that’s just lazy.

I would have thought it would be hard for Mr. Universe to top his 2003 confession that he was a serial groper. Now I’m wondering if there’s anything else we should know. Any more love children out there? Has anybody checked with maids and nannies in the Brentwood neighborhood where Schwarzenegger lives?

Look, we always knew it was about ego with Schwarzenegger. Biggest biceps. Biggest box office. Biggest recall.

Biggest flop as governor too, and now biggest phony.

But with Edwards, and Bill Clinton, Sanford and on and on and on, what makes a public figure so inflated that he can’t keep from wrecking the lives of the people he claims to love the most? Is it perhaps that a mutant strain of insecurity and grandiosity drives some politicians and performers, and for the worst of them, indulgence becomes addiction?

Possibly, but that’s an explanation that begins to sound a little too much like an excuse.

Maybe, in the end, a selfish brute is just a selfish brute.


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-- Steve Lopez

Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times