Arnold mocked by media; no catch-phrase from any of his movies applies

arngov.jpgI’m glad I haven’t seen a lame headline yet today about California voters ‘terminating’ Schwarzenegger’s ballot initiatives or anything like that. Because really, people, enough with the catch-phrases. But the press coverage of the special election does illustrate an important axiom about media coverage of politics, which is that if you’re a political figure whose appeal depends on persona, you set yourself up for a lot of media mockery when your political agenda suffers a setback. To wit, some sample web headlines from around the globe today:

Who’s the Girlie Man Now? [Huffington Post]

The Biggest Loser [Time]

Voters too tough for Arnie [Australian]

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