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Times Editor Chris Lopez's weblog

Monday, May 23, 2005

Warren Beatty

Warren Beatty's speech Saturday to the graduating class of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley has some local Dems buzzing. The speech, covered by Times Writer John Simerman, was seen by some Dems as Beatty's call to arms to unseat Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006. Local Dem blogger Tim Farley writes: "Warren Beatty’s blistering attack on Gov. Schwarzenegger’s administration over the weekend as the commencement speaker at the University of California, Berkeley, coupled with his refusal to rule out his candidacy, has ignited a gasoline tanker full of speculation of Beatty running for Governor of California against Arnold Swarzeneeger. For more than 35 years, Beatty has been active in Democratic Party politics. Whether supporting Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1968, George McGovern in 1972, and Gary Hart in 1984 or countless other candidates and issues, Beatty has genuine progressive bona fides. His remarks at the graduation ceremony had all the appearance of throwing down the gauntlet to the Governor. If the recall election in 2003 created a circus like environment of 24 hour cable news talking heads, imagine the intensity of these two Hollywood heavyweights having a shoot out on the issues with the sun setting on a warm pacific beach as a backdrop."


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