Opinion: Hasta la vista, Governator

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On a recent visit to The Times, it took Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger just 28 seconds to declare, ‘I’ll be back.’ And not as a movie star, either. There’s no doubt that Schwarzenegger enjoys the potency of his celebrity status and, as he told the editorial board, he intends to capitalize on it in his future political endeavors.

After an exit interview with the editorial board, he sat down with our columnist Patt Morrison for a
more intimate interview. In Morrison’s Q&A, It’s a wrap, he discusses celebrity, money, his passion, and why he thinks California voters went Democratic in the November elections. As a bonus, we captured this exclusive part of their conversation on video.

Elsewhere in the Opinion pages, the editorial board looked back at Schwarzenegger’s mixed results and Op-Ed contributor Joe Mathews questioned what we might learn from the governor’s mistakes.


How do you think Schwarzenegger fared as governor of California?


The conversation: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legacy

Portrait: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is photographed with a map of California

Listen:Highlights from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s exit interview with The Times’ editorial board

-- Alexandra Le Tellier