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Gov. Schwarzenegger thinks Rush Limbaugh's lost a lot of weight

May 28, 2009 |  3:24 am

Maybe it was his good-natured stint on Jay Leno's show Tuesday night. And/or Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger might have been trying to dodge answering cable media's favorite contemporary gotcha question of Republicans:

What about Rush Limbaugh?

So there he was on CNN being all California-friendly and relaxed, and the ditz pops the predictable query. And the governor, who's already made many enemies on the GOP's more conservative side with his fiscal policies and buddy-buddyness with the Great Change Agent, tried to make a joke out of it.

He said many people say the most popular radio talk-show host in history is the 800-pound gorilla in the party. Ha-ha.

But then the governor couldn't resist adding that he thought Limbaugh was down to about 650 now.

In fairness, the GOP's most famous bodybuilder also went on to say the right side of his party has a very important role to play and to predict a great future for his party -- if it enlarges its ideological tent to encompass more centrists and where, presumably, cigars will be allowed. Watch this.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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