THE BLOG
09/01/2005 12:10 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Worst Time of Arnold's Life

It’s so sad, I almost feel sorry for Arnold Schwarzenegger sometimes. That is, I might, if he didn’t see nurses as the problem and corporate fund-raising as the solution.

But honestly, this must be the worst time of his life. Remember when he was popular? Now I am not sure he could get elected head of the Screen Actor’s Guild, let alone Governor again.

Take, oh, yesterday, for instance

His day began with the report (http://seven.com.au/news/worldnews/103664) that a museum devoted to him in Austria is closing due to financial problems. No one wanted to come see the old gym equipment he used to work out on? I’m not surprised. But look at it from Arnold’s point of view: would they close a home-town museum dedicated to Napoleon? Or Rchard Nixon? Or any of the ‘strong-arm’ leaders that Schwarzenegger admires?

Then his day ends with getting booed by thousands of angry baseball fans—in Orange County of all places, birthplace of Nixon and California conservatism. Schwarzenegger wanted to spend a little time getting away from it all at the ballpark, eat a dog, sing Take Me Out, and host a $10,000 corporate fundraiser in a private box. Unfortunately for him, his troubles followed him there, as his staff had to stop him from throwing out the first pitch because hundreds of nurses and firefighters had descended on the game and were leading a protests in the stands. To top it all off, Schwarzenegger got to see an entirely new activism technique invented for him: the protest wave.

And he’s still $30 million short of his fundraising goal for the special election.