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Mar 10, 2005 - 12:25 PM

Rove's Bot

by Jerry Flanagan
In an interview with NBC's Campbell Brown, Arnold defended his East Coast fundraising blitzkrieg with the preprogrammed lines:

"This guy that's sitting here is rich enough that I don't ever have to raise money for myself. All the money I'm raising is for the initiatives."

That just doesn't compute, because the big money checks collected at those fundraisers were written to the gov's reelection campaign committee. All the money he's collecting is to promote Arnold and his agenda in big money television commercials -- that helps him and boosts his political currency.

And when faced with firefighters and nurses in New York literally yelling "Screw Arnold," the gov insisted he's on their side. It is almost as though Arnold's circuitry can't process that his policies are hurting real people.

On Tuesday, the gov met with Karl Rove and President Bush after his fundraiser at the swanky St. Regis hotel. Maybe he was in for some fine-tuning of his software. You see, more and more people are saying that just like Karl Rove is Bush's brain, maybe Arnold is Rove's robot.

After all, Arnold's "reform" plan mirrors the Rove agenda:

** The governor's pension plan imitates the Bush Administration's plan to privatize social security to the benefit of Wall Street financiers;

** Arnold's redistricting plan emulates the GOP power grab carried out in Texas;

** The governor's broken promises on education follow the lead of the Bush Administration's misnomer of the under-funded "No Child Left Behind" program; and,

** The same people that are contributing campaign cash to Bush organized Arnold's East Coast fundraisers. For instance, Carl Linder -- whose family runs American Financial Group and the Cincinnati Reds baseball team -- organized Arnold's recent Cincinnati fundraiser, contributed $200,000 to Arnold's initiative campaign and is a Bush Ranger (someone who has raised more than $200,000 for the president).

The influence is obvious to the 150 nurses and firefighters who showed up outside Arnold's fundraiser on Monday at New York's legendary 21 Club - adorned by sculptures of jockeys - to proclaim that Arnold is "Wall Street's Jockey." To view a photo of California's jockey in chief go to:

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