POLITICS (National, State): Donald Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger, similarities?: "What Schwarzenegger's role as California governor says about Trump" ....
* Sacramento Bee (David Siders): "What Schwarzenegger's role as California governor says about Trump" - From the Bee:
The similarities between Donald Trump and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are so obvious that comparisons started rolling in as soon as Trump announced his candidacy for president last year.
Like Schwarzenegger in California’s recall election in 2003, Trump fit the profile of a political outsider with money and a showman’s touch. The two men preoccupied the media and drew large crowds. Yet as Trump’s campaign has ascended in recent months, a more enduring likeness is coming sharply into view. Like Trump, Schwarzenegger’s rise reflected the restiveness of an electorate primed in 2003, as it is today, to embrace an outsized personality with a populist appeal. Schwarzenegger laid bare not only that such a candidate could win, but once in office, how short of his initial promise he could fall.
“As a phenomenon, I think they’re similar,” Rep. Darrell Issa, who helped finance the recall election, said of Schwarzenegger and Trump. “As an elected official they may be similar, too, . . . . . . . "
Like Trump, Schwarzenegger used his celebrity and nonstop media attention to channel the public’s disaffection. Special interests? Schwarzenegger was “kicking their butts,” he said in his first year in office. Lawmakers standing in his way on budget talks were “girlie men.” “There actually are a heck of a lot of parallels,” said Sean Walsh, who was Schwarzenegger’s communications director during the recall election. “A lot of it had to do with one-liners, and tapping into a base sense of voter frustration and anger and angst.” He said, “The Trump campaign is like a giant reality TV show. And Arnold’s really was, too, in a lot of respects.”
Such comparisons have proved annoying to many former Schwarzenegger aides, and a counter-narrative has emerged ....................