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One of the pleasures of spending the summer in California has been watching the sudden implosion of Schwarzenegger's political career

By Erik Tarloff   September 2005

The honorific and the name just don’t seem to go together. But television and radio newsreaders refer to “Governor Schwarzenegger” without stammering, and without any hint of irony.

Celebrity politicians are, of course, well known in California. Stage and film actress Helen Gahagan Douglas served in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The same seat was later held by song and dance man George Murphy. Clint Eastwood served a term as mayor of the small seaside town of Carmel. Most famously, Ronald Reagan served two terms as governor of the state before running for president.

When Arnold Schwarzenegger…

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