Arnold Schwarzenegger Mulls 2018 US Senate Bid

The New York Post reports:

Arnold Schwarzenegger may be back — in politics. The “Terminator” star, former California governor and, until recently, host of “Celebrity Apprentice” is considering running for the US Senate in 2018, insiders told Politico.

Schwarzenegger, 69, may forsake the GOP for the Independence Party to challenge incumbent Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein, who will be 85 years old, the sources noted. The ex-body builder has come under near-constant criticism from President Trump, ever since he took over hosting duties on the show Trump helped create.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman was coy about whether his boss would be a “Running Man.” “Right now Gov. Schwarzenegger’s focus is on using his platform to bring some sensibility and coherency to Washington by fighting for redistricting reform, like we did in California,’’ Daniel Ketchell told Politico.

  • Tawreos

    Please, no more actors becoming politicians.

    • no, that’s all we’re gonna get, from now on. get used to it. /sad

    • Todd20036

      Arnold isn’t looking too well, and considering his background, that’s saying something.

      • Earl

        Steroids will do that to you. I think he used some of the first generation of that drug class, didn’t he?

    • Carl

      Unless they’re the exception like Al Franken and can make a legitimate case for themselves, I agree. I’d like to go back to the old days when it wasn’t controversial to like experienced candidates who know what they’re talking about.

      • pleasebereasonable1

        He’s a comedian, not an actor so exempt.

        • Carl

          Comedic actor. Check out Stuart Saves His Family sometime. It’s pretty good.

      • ※ Benny Cemoli ✔Gold Verified

        But wasn’t it Al Franken who had the money to sue his way into the Senate when the election was actually won by his opponent?

    • DonnaLee

      We do need more comedians becoming them however. I’m beginning to think anyone who has been a comedian who doesn’t have a career now needs to try politics. Especially ones who I’ve been told are very intelligent. I’m looking at you Dave Chappelle.

  • PickyPecker
    • another_steve

      Love those fingers.

      Satan fingers.

      • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

        45 would kill to have hands that large.

        • another_steve

          I bet that lemur has a bigger dick than Trump’s.

          • Derrick Johns

            Oh, thanks, another_steve. It’s a lemur. I didn’t know. Do they make good pets ? A lot of people have ugly pets. Sometimes their ugly pet is human.

          • another_steve

            Lemurs are wild animals and not suitable as pets.

            In Madagascar (where they’re from), it’s illegal to keep one as a pet, though some people there do.

    • Derrick Johns

      What is that thing? Is it actually an animal…here on Earth?

  • No. Just no. Gov. Terminator was bad enough. We do not need a Senate sequel.

    • another_steve

      It’s funny how he’s managed to pivot to “good guy” status.

      In the same way that Bush the Idiot from Texas now seems rather stately and articulate — in comparison to what’s in the White House today.

      • Todd20036

        No, Bush is still an idiot. Just an order of magnitude less idiotic than Drumpf.
        But W is still an idiot.

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      • stevenj

        Not sure what you mean by good guy?? After all his posturing and bellowing at the Calif legislature which didn’t always work out, 2 vetoes of same sex marriage, his stupid macho image (including his cigar parties on the state capitol lawn), then screwing the maid/illegitimate son and publicly ruining his own marriage he’s still on the bad guy radar for many Californians. It’s no sure thing for any Republican running for a statewide office anymore. And I still hold Bush II as one of the worst presidents in history (at nearly the same level as the current incumbent).

        • another_steve

          I spoke half-facetiously there. We know he’s an empty-headed clown. But he’s recently dissed Trump in a series of tweets — which I assume gives him points among some.

          I think that’ll help him, politically, in the years ahead.

    • bsinps

      You’re absolutely correct. He was a disaster for California as Gov. No sequel wanted.

      • boatboy_srq

        He was better than Gov. Issa would have been…

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Since we already have President Apprentice and Energy Secretary Dancing-With-The-Stars (and Omarosa!), and we’ve left reality and facts waaaay behind already, we might as well have Supreme Court Justice Judy, Senator Simon Cowell, Governor Honey Boo Boo, Attorney General Hulk Hogan, Surgeon General Richard Hatch, Secretaries Snooki and JWoww, Federal Reserve Chairman The Situation, Representative Kardashian, etc., etc.

      A large percentage of people today are too stupid to not stick their tongues in electrical sockets, let alone vote. We are fucked.

      BTW, I’m not worried about California repeating the Aaahnold experiment. That senate seat will almost certainly go to either Gavin Newsom or Antonio Villaraigosa.

    • Lawerence Collins

      I grew up and live for I never California. I
      was still there when he was governor. This country deserves a true progressive leadership in all areas of government.

  • Mike C

    It’s a trap. Don’t lose a blue seat, California.

  • i know i’m not supposed to say this on political blogs, but you know, i’m only 40something. it would be great to have leaders my age, who literally and physically understood my concerns. i know politics traditionally favors elders. but it doesn’t change my wish. WWII is a fairy tale to me and Vietnam is a soundtrack on a record my mom used to own. yet somehow, i am trapped in a political landscape defined by those events.

    • frogview

      It is so good to see a younger pov. Get actively involved.

    • marshlc

      And the reason for this is probably similar to the reason you’re not running – people in their thirties and forties are busy scratching out a living, raising little kids, getting some stability around big possessions like homes and vehicles…..

      Also, it takes time to get the knowledge base and the name recognition to be elected to higher office. Future governors and presidents are right now serving on volunteer boards, or as town councillors, or on school boards…We’re seeing how inexperience in governing works out – savvy marketing might get a newcomer elected to high office, but it doesn’t teach them how to do the job.

      • i could run if i wanted to, Honey. 3rd generation elected officials, me. been there, done that.

        not interested, anymore. bc reasons. read my blog history if you care.

        • marshlc

          Sorry, didn’t mean to be speaking personally, as of course I don’t know anything about your circumstances. Just pointing out that it’s probably less about the older generation having a lock on the process, and more just logistical.

      • stuckinthewoods

        Your first paragraph also indicates why wealthy people from families with influence end up running. They can afford to.

        • marshlc

          Absolutely. If the house you are living in was a wedding present from your parents, the same parents who paid your way through college, and if ol’ Uncle Fred is chairman of the local Republican Party, you’re a lot more likely to get into politics in your thirties than somebody who’s working two jobs to pay off student loans and put food on the table, and whose ol’ Uncle Fred is just happy to be finally seeing the end of his mortgage in sight before he hits 65 and gets canned.

    • Rex

      I don’t know what compels people to seek public office, I know I wouldn’t want the stress. I would imagine that a deep desire to serve would be first and foremost, but looking at those currently in office it seems they’re more interested in serving themselves rather than serving others. The current president is on his ultimate ego trip. I would like to see younger, more progressive thinking men and women step up, I agree that some of these seniors are too entrenched in the old way of thinking that nothing gets done and they are out of touch with the reality of how citizens live their lives.

    • Reality.Bites

      Speaking as someone 50something and racing towards 60, I agree with you. Of course my leader is 45. And while I loathed him, even Stephen Harper was only 47 when he became Prime Minister.

  • bambinoitaliano

    There’s no stomach for another conservative. Please stick with making The Expandable whatever the next installment is.

  • Rex

    Trump will have him deported.

  • -M-

    No. If he wants to run, go find some tea party pos to run against.

    • FAEN


  • safari


  • Rick


  • Moebym the Persistent Returner

    Ahnuld: “I’ll be back.”

    People of CA: “Not so fast, buddy.”

  • karen in kalifornia

    Goddess help us. Senator Feinstein hasn’t said if she’s going to run again or not.
    The Gropenator could easily win as he did when Darrell Issa personally bankrolled the recall of Gov Gray Davis. Elected official as personality cult leader. I don’t know, sound familiar these days?

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      I am fond of Diane Feinstein and wish her well…but she will be *85!* Has she or the California Democratic Party been grooming someone to take over? If not, why not? Most corporations have succession plans, why not political parties?

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        I wish Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) a wonderful and happy retirement after she completes her current term of office.

        Including, of course, tipping generously for good service.

        She’s not on the Supreme Court. And if the Democrats cannot win a Senate race in California, well, our country is totally screwed.

        Senator Feinstein should support California and America by welcoming other Democrats to succeed her in the Senate.

        Thank you.

      • JCF

        I think there’s a probably a 50-50 chance she won’t run….but it WON’T be the Gropenator who gets her seat. Rather, which ever Dem isn’t elected Governor.

  • Cuberly
    • Yixing’s Fluffer

      Imagine if researchers found the gay gene(s) and Bannon was still in charge.

      • Cuberly

        Very true.

        But the thing about this sort of testing is whether you have a specific genetic marker for disease or not. Not all marks become active. They test on whether or not you may potentially be predisposed towards a disease or condition.

        Or at least that’s my understanding. It’s more complicated than just yes or no. But obviously it’d be used as a pass/fail excuse regardless.

        And I’m not even mentioning the privacy concerns.

        • Todd20036

          You got it. Markers aren’t yes/no. They’re 80%
          But for many employers, that could easily translate to yes/no

          • LesbianTippingHabits

            Not re tipping, but what you have described is too complex both for employers and the media.

            In other words, no matter what, it becomes yes / no.

            Thank you.

          • stuckinthewoods

            If gay men still can’t give blood because of merely presumptive infection, a genetic marker for a disease surely becomes a yes/NO. If they won’t even take something offered for free without strings, one can be assured that no for-profit company will accept a risk on a gene expressing.

          • Cuberly

            Yep, they’ll just regard it as a potential risk.

      • Todd20036

        Concentration camps.

        • Earl

          Hardly. They’d go straight for the Death Camps and everyone knows it. 🙁

      • BlueberriesForMe

        Found jackal/hyena genes in Bannon. No surprise there.

    • FAEN

      W T F !

      • Cuberly

        Yep, my words exactly.

    • Todd20036

      So if you are prone to cancer or diabetes or some other expensive ailment, well, sorry, you didn’t get the job, even though you were the most qualified.

      Of course, that means some people, even if they are prodigies or graduated from Ivy Leagues, may be virtually unemployable.

    • canoebum

      This is one step away from in-your-face eugenics. Employers will be empowered to deny medical coverage for unapproved pregnancies, based on the employee’s genetic profile. On the other side of the coin, employees will be prohibited from challenging work rules and conditions based on their personal genetic profile, but instead will face termination. Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, my ass.

    • stuckinthewoods

      DNA database available to law enforcement without warrant.

      • safari

        It’s not uncommon for DNA databases to be used to find family members wanted for crimes.

  • Lazycrockett

    Could he win a general in a state where almost every official is an elected democrat?

    • bcarter3

      He already did, three times.

      Or maybe two and a half, depending on how you count ’em. He was first elected in a special recall election to serve out the term of the recalled governor, then won election to two full terms.

      • Lazycrockett

        I was going to say that the political field has changed so much since he was Gov. but looking that his term ended in 2011 you are right. i thought he was governor ages ago.

      • Astronaut Mike Dexter

        you are incorrect.

        Schwarzenegger ran in the special election in 2003, then won re-election in 2006. One can only be re-elected once for the position. He didn’t win election to two full terms.

  • FAEN

    Quick question Arnold-who would you caucus with?

    • Yixing’s Fluffer

      He’d caucus with the Latina maids, of course.

      • FAEN

        I see what you did there lol.

  • Henry Auvil

    Fortunately, California is NOT Trumptardia. It ain’t gonna happen.

    • FAEN

      Not to be a dick but remember when we all said Cheeto couldn’t win? I don’t take anything for granted these days.

      Never underestimate the stupidity of the voting electorate.

      • Henry Auvil

        I hear you, but the Cali electorate already had Schwarzenegger for governor, and he left office with a 20% approval rating. And they kicked out all the other Republicans along with him.

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  • MDixon34

    On a positive note he is the one who refused to defend Prop 8 in the court system even though as governator his name was attached to it.

  • bkmn

    This is a great opportunity for Sen. Feinstein to step aside and allow someone else to carry on the Democratic tradition for this seat.

    • She could also just get reelected and let Governor Newsom appoint her replacement when the time is right.

  • Ninja0980

    At the end of the day, he would be taking a seat away from a Democrat.
    So nope, I won’t support this hypocritical asshole’s run for Senate.

  • Carl

    Maybe he could just go away? What’s wrong with just going away?

  • Jim Phillips

    This man was my Governor and really, he could have been worse! He is a Republican but he was very good on environmental issues and on most LGBT issues, with the glaring exception of marriage, which he vetoed twice! But, I wouldn’t vote for any Republican and I think he has too much scandalous baggage to be taken seriously. Although, look at President Liar!

    • D. Gray

      He was nearly completely ineffective… Totally tone-deaf to Sacramento politics…Vetoed a bill he himself wrote…Multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct…
      I could go on, but his track record speaks for itself.

      • JCF

        Thank you.

        Though “D. Gray”? You’re not “D(avis), Gray” are you? ;-/

    • Reality.Bites

      And look how well President Liar did in California!

  • Sam_Handwich

    has DiFi announced that she’s running?

    • stevenj

      No she hasn’t.

  • JustDucky

    If he were to run for president as an Independent, who would he pull votes from? Trump? Or the adult the Democratic party will run in 2020?

    • Sam_Handwich

      he can’t serve as president

      • JustDucky

        But Ted Cruz.

        Also, that law exists to ensure that the US President will not put other countries first. And, well, Trump.

    • Earl

      Why not let me run for president too? 🙂

      (I’m foreign born too)

      • Earl

        Heck, I don’t even have citizenship. 🙂

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Not re tipping, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is not a “natural born” citizen and therefore ineligible to run for President. Thank you.

      • Carl

        I remember when the Republicans wanted a constitutional amendment so he could run for President.

        • JCF

          The joke was (in the early Aughts) to change the Constitution twice: once to let Ahnold run, and another to let BillC run AGAIN! [To set up an epic showdown of Womanizing Male Egos: aren’t you glad OBAMA came along instead? <3<3<3]

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Of course, the real question re Arnold Schwarzenegger is, how does he tip?

  • geoffalnutt

    It’s hard to imagine there will even be a “government” – other than a dictatorship…like North Korea (but much worse). Does Arnold know something we don’t?

    • bambinoitaliano

      At this rate he just want to be a thorn on Drumpf sight. Getting paid for doing nothing he gives a fuck about and collect a paycheck the way all the old politicians are hanging on to.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i’m thinking that if DiFi doesn’t run, Dem nominee might be Xavier Becerra

    • JCF

      Becerra, or Newsome, or Villaraigosa, are my guesses.

  • sfjohn

    god I hope not. He was a shitty Governor

    • pleasebereasonable1

      I thought they practically ran him out of town. Does he honestly think he’s got any chance at all?

  • Elsewhere1010

    No, Arnold. Just no. I was here when you were governor of California, and you were rarely in California.

  • Rex

    Just saw this on facebook – a 70 year old with dementia, who plays golf all the time and lives in Florida is a retiree, not a “President.”

  • I see his wife Maria still hasn’t divorced him for having a secret love child with their maid. Separated, but not divorced. Well, guess she’s still Catholic. God, what a shock that must have been to discover that her husband had fathered a child right under her nose and kept it secret for ten years. Their maid was Catholic too, come to think of it. Anyway, l wonder if he will still be fighting to save the sanctity of marriage the way he did when he twice vetoed gay marriage in California.

    • Reality.Bites

      He supported it once Prop 8 went to court.

      • After delaying marriage for gay Californians for three years. While disrespecting his own marriage.

      • Yeah, after delaying marriage for three years through his repeated vetoes, and losing in Perry v. Schwarzenegger. So nice of him to come all the way from Austria to veto the rights of Californians when he couldn’t even respect his own marriage. Thanks a bunch, Arnie.

  • Carl

    Why do some people keep assuming the world needs them?

    • Circ09

      Because those people keep getting hired for obscene amounts of money?

  • stevenj

    No No No You will not get my vote.

  • Ben in Oakland

    It is indeed time for difi to retire. But it’s not time for you to be a senator.

    You were a crappy governor, a crappy husband, a crappy father, and you’ll make an even crappier senator.

  • Gene

    Fuck him. Unless he plans on being a democrat…just..fuck…him.

    • BobSF_94117

      Fuck him if he does anything other than support the DEMOCRATIC PARTY nominee.

      • Beagle

        Or moves to Tennessee and runs there.

    • Well, yeah but his son is another story — and since his son is also a Kennedy I am sure he is a Democrat. So Arnie did do some good. So I guess I would do as you suggest with his offspring if the opportunity came up– which I am sure it won’t .

      • JCF

        If we’re going just by looks, I bet his half Latino son will be even better! ;-X

  • coram nobis

    Say “hasta la vista,” Gracie.

  • 2patricius2

    Mull it over, Arnie. And while you’re at it, mull some wine.

  • Tomcat

    I trust him as much as I trust Bernie.
    And I do NOT trust Bernie anymore.

  • Tomcat

    Don’t you fools understand yet? He is just looking for a new gig and is a REPUBLICAN through and through. He just wants to get us to help him screw us some more. Vote for only people that you know are Democrats through and through.

  • Tomcat

    He screwed California into the ground financially.

    • He also screwed his wife over by being randy with the housekeeper behind her back and forgetting to mention it. But hey, who’s looking?

      • JCF

        Californians. We’re not the “it’s just locker room talk!” deplorable types.

  • Feinstein could basically defeat him if she were dead and still on the ticket. I am not being sarcastic. Dianne Feinstein is a legend in California, she appeals to all parts of the Democratic Party, — she was reelected in 2012 with 62.5% of the vote, and Arnie is not going to be able to beat her with Trump being as unpopular as he is in California right now. She has indicated she will be running for reelection. She is healthy — aside from a pacemaker that is not that big a deal. Amazing when you think that she was a popular Supervisor in San Francisco who worked with Harvey Milk during the short time he was on the Board of Supervisors before his assassination 39 years ago– and would have to step as Mayor of San Francisco on that terrible day that Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone were assassinated.

  • JCF

    “We want Ahnold back!”

    …said no Californian, for a decade or more.

    Hey, you’re welcome to fight Drumpf . . . as a citizen (one whose moola could do a lot of good?). But as a politician? Been there, done that—you sucked. }-p