The "Governator" Might Be The Senator Come 2018

  • Calvin Wolf
  • Mar 10, 2017 2:57PM

The American political chess match just got a little more interesting: Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood hero universally known for his action/sci-fi roles in the 1980s and early 1990s, may run for a U.S. Senate seat in California in 2018. The news is intriguing on several fronts and could cause consternation, and excitement within both political parties. Let us explore how the Governator might shake up the Senate.

First of all, Schwarzenegger is a Republican…but not just any Republican. The iconic Terminator actor would best be identified as a liberal Republican, which shakes up the political calculus in Washington. As a governor of California, one of the most liberal states, the Republican was considerably further to the left than most of his GOP colleagues in statehouses.  A widely-known topic of liberal opinion for the former bodybuilder is the environment. While many Republicans are climate-change skeptics, Schwarzenegger has plainly stated that everyone should be taking man-made climate change very seriously.

As a liberal Republican, wealthy movie star and Hollywood mogul, and a two-term governor, Schwarzenegger may be the only member of the GOP who has a chance of defeating U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) if she chooses to run again in 2018. Feinstein will be 85 by next November, but has hinted that she will seek another term in Washington. Although Schwarzenegger will be a not-so-youthful 71 on election day, the seven-time Mr. Olympia has kept in good physical shape and shows few signs of slowing down.