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April 2, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

HOW ABOUT HIS CIGAR DEALER?....Cronyism, Arnold Schwarzenegger style:

Last month, Schwarzenegger appointed his dentist to the state dental board. His former chiropractor now chairs the chiropractic panel.

Insert your own joke here.

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That means that he personally vetted them! Talk about hands-on governating!

Posted by: Dick Durata on April 2, 2007 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

His proctologist is in charge of revenues.

Posted by: oyster on April 2, 2007 at 1:18 PM | PERMALINK

God bless Maria and her Harley Davidson arse!

Nowhere does the Bible forbid anal sex between a male and female.

“Isn’t anal sex dirty?”

The Bible says, “To the pure, all things are pure.” (Titus 1:15) The Lord created your body, and no part of it is imperfect or unclean. God also created our bodies for pleasure, and anal sex is just one of the many ways, including standard sexual intercourse, that we can enjoy this pleasure and share it with a partner.

Posted by: professor rat on April 2, 2007 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

California has a governor-appointed "Chiropractic Panel"? What's next? The Palm Reader Advisory Board?

Posted by: keptsimple on April 2, 2007 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

Last month, Schwarzenegger appointed his dentist to the state dental board. His former chiropractor now chairs the chiropractic panel.

I don't see what's wrong with this. The dental board represents dentists and the chiropractic panel represents chiropractors so it seems like good picks to me. Shouldn't we appoint people with expertise in the area they're appointed to? That's what Schwarzenegger is doing.

Posted by: Al on April 2, 2007 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

A chiropractic panel? Does California have a state-sponsored Flat Earth Society, too?

Posted by: Eric on April 2, 2007 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

There is a California Self Esteem Council. He appointed himslef to the council.

Posted by: gregor on April 2, 2007 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

The sad thing is, my first thought was, "Well, at least it's a (presumably) real dentist." Bush would appoint some Ranger's nephew that recently graduated from college with a degree in exercise science.

Posted by: Appleton on April 2, 2007 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

Logically, a man with his wealth and connections would have the best dentist and the best chiropractor in the state. So it's no surprise that they're qualified enough to sit on the board of their respective professions.

Posted by: Seabiscuit on April 2, 2007 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

It certainly has the appearance of impropriety, but to play the devil's advocate, at least they are probably highly comptetent at their professions. He can afford the best and probably didnt settle for much less. I certainly hope he didnt pick his health care providers on the basis of their political outlook in the first place.

Of course, their individual competence in their profession is far from the only criterion for suitability for the board, but at least its better than the Bush administration where loyalty trumps competence so often.

Posted by: Catch22 on April 2, 2007 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

Did Arnold sell his Enron stock yet?

Posted by: ROTFLMLiberalAO on April 2, 2007 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

wtf? There's a Chiropractic panel? Our state is condoning quackery?

Posted by: kevin m on April 2, 2007 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

Eric: A chiropractic panel? Does California have a state-sponsored Flat Earth Society, too?

Yes, the Republican Caucus.

Posted by: anandine on April 2, 2007 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

Arnold should appoint his own psychiatrist to head the State Mental Health Board.

tyrannogenius

Posted by: Neil B. on April 2, 2007 at 1:52 PM | PERMALINK

PS - chiropractic is not quackery - regardless of what you think of the theory (which is a separate issue, and a logical fallacy to confuse), from my own experience it has helpful benefits. That's what counts.

tyrannogenius

Posted by: Neil B. on April 2, 2007 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK

Gov. Arnold has appointed his personal strirgilist to the state board of body oil scrapers.

Posted by: Brojo on April 2, 2007 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

An immediate investigation by the California legislature should be undertaken to deteremine if Ahhhnold received services from his dentist and chiropractor for a reduced cost or for free.

Posted by: anonymous on April 2, 2007 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK

Arnold has appointed his own career the to state board of sewage treatment.

Posted by: Disputo on April 2, 2007 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK

"Arnold should appoint his own psychiatrist to head the State Mental Health Board."

Actually, it was his proctologist he appointed to the mental health board.

Ed

Posted by: Ed Drone on April 2, 2007 at 2:14 PM | PERMALINK

Will his urologist be named to piss away all of the money in the California State Treasury too? Hey, cronyism is the GOP way. If you want bad governance, just elect a Republican. Someday the American people wll all realize this.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on April 2, 2007 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, if you compare pictures of Arnold from the early eighties with recent ones, he's had some spectacular improvements in his teeth -- at least, in their appearance. Maybe his dentist really is that good....

Posted by: Shelby on April 2, 2007 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

Well, yeah, but on the other hand, given that Schwarzenegger is spectacularly rich, I rather suspect that his dentist (say) isn't, like yours or mine, some local guy that your family and friends gave a good rec to, but rather something of a well-connected bigshot dentist with a lot of credentials -- so while the behavior you're describing is still shady, it's not quite as egregiously so as it might appear at first blush.

Posted by: Sanjay on April 2, 2007 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

What exactly could Arnie gain from such appointments? This is at the most petit cronyism. If WM wants to do some real reporting - the kind the SacBee and LAT don't engage in - find out who went along on Arnie's TripToMexico, and their financial connections to Arnie and the GOP.

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Warning: WM may have edited this comment after I posted it.

Posted by: TLB on April 2, 2007 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

As one who remembers how the wingnuts turned WJC appointing his personal physician to the position of the WH physician (ie, appointed his personal physician to be his personal physician) into a huge scandal in 1993, I find their attempts to downplay Arnold's appointment of his personal doctors to positions of the /public trust/ as quite humorous.

Posted by: Disputo on April 2, 2007 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

The Gov might be needing a new eye doctor, then:

http://www.news10.net/display_story.aspx?storyid=25998

Posted by: Trollhattan on April 2, 2007 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

Eric and KeptSimple, let's see if we can create and/or join the California state homeopathy, reiki, and acupuncture panels. I know we have no qualifications, but neither will any of our "real" co-panelists. It's perfect!

These panel positions are paid, right?

Posted by: Cain on April 2, 2007 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, I don't mind. It is cronyism, but I just can't get that worked up about it. If I had zero background in politics but managed to reach a position of influence, I would probably do something similar and not feel bad about it.

Posted by: JPS on April 2, 2007 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

My question is where did his helmet polisher go?

Posted by: Nemesis on April 2, 2007 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

He had to do something of value for his denstist. Rush Limbaugh's ass was crammed so far down Arnold's throat, the dentist had to pull all Arnold's wisdom teeth to extract it.

So look for less wisdom from Arnold this year, and a Cheney-like smirk from Our Great Gawd, O' Mighty Rush the Voice of All No-ing, of whom no man may speaketh least his career go under. But Arnold learned his lesson.

Lessons Rush needs to learn: perscription drugs are habit forming and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Posted by: Limbaugh/Dobson 2008 on April 2, 2007 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

So is he going to appoint his steroid supplier to be head of drug enforcement?

Posted by: G.Kerby on April 2, 2007 at 3:41 PM | PERMALINK

He's now appointed his tongue to the State Board of Proctologists.

Posted by: Noam Sane on April 2, 2007 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

Is there a problem with Gov. Schwarzenegger's appointments? If there is, then someone needs to further articulate what it is, because I sure don't see it.

Most members of state regulatory boards serve in that capacity without pay or any other expectation of financial compensation. In certain instances, they are also subject to some sort of scrutiny via a legislative confirmation process or something comparable.

As long as there is no expectation of quid pro quo, any president, governor, mayor or township's grand poobah has the inherent right to make such appointments as he or she sees fit. It is further the inherent responsibility of the legislature and judicial branches of federal, state or local government to provide the necessary public oversight of that executive prerogative.

At least, that's the way I thought the system is supposed to work.

Posted by: Comrade Donald from the People's Republic of Hawaii on April 2, 2007 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

Neil B.: chiropractic is not quackery - regardless of what you think of the theory (which is a separate issue, and a logical fallacy to confuse), from my own experience it has helpful benefits. That's what counts.

There are two strands of chiropractic, which may be summarized as quack and non-quack. The nonquack strand believes that many pains are caused by misaligned bones, and that these pains can be alleviated by manipulation. This type of chiropractic helps many people avoid pain without drugs or surgery.

The quack strand believes that cancer and many other ailments can be alleviated by manipulation. This type of chiropractic is a just a sham.

Posted by: anandine on April 2, 2007 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

The Chiros in question were old body builders, er steroid, er weight lifters, er steroid, Gold's Beach, er steroid, type buddies of AHnold.

They happened to be Chiros secondly.

And those muscles just keep pop, pop, poppin' away. Geez, and they can prescribe, to boot.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on April 2, 2007 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

The fact that he even has a former chiropractor shows what an idiot he is. Chiropractors are quacks.

Posted by: The Fool on April 2, 2007 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

for billions of $$$ in the news, read here:

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=/Politics/archive/200704/POL20070402a.html

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on April 2, 2007 at 5:55 PM | PERMALINK

Why should Bush and Rove get to have all the fun?

Posted by: Peter Principle on April 2, 2007 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

He's also appointed his proctologist to oversee the new health care plan he's proposed. The ass-guy's a deep thinker and is good at cleaning the augean stables.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR on April 2, 2007 at 6:29 PM | PERMALINK

As long as there is no expectation of quid pro quo, any president, governor, mayor or township's grand poobah has the inherent right to make such appointments as he or she sees fit.

Yes, and USAttys serve at the pleasure of the POTUS.

Posted by: Disputo on April 2, 2007 at 7:48 PM | PERMALINK

No problem with these crony apps.?
Even if there is actually no corruption involved, a possibility that strikes me as remote, the base laziness involved in refusing to fairly review all qualified candidates is a fundemental deriliction of his duties as governor.

Make all the jokes you want folks, but this kind of open scorn for the requirements of good government help to make the progress of tyranny all the easier.

For all the claims of moderate concervatism by the governators boosters, in practice as we see with this incedent he is cut from the same intellectual mold as our president. bushiekins playing to the California (rather than Texas) voters would have been no different.

Posted by: joe on April 3, 2007 at 1:23 AM | PERMALINK

Hmmm. Wonder where he found someone to lead the state's Gynecological Board.

Posted by: MFA on April 3, 2007 at 3:49 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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