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Jonathan Yardley… nailing those people is like shooting whales in a barrel, but Wilentz hits the bull's-eye dead center. Ditto when she homes in on Schwarzenegger, the only internationally famous California political figure who makes Ronald Reagan seem an intellectual and a statesman. He "was drawn to politics as another stage on which Schwarzenegger could perform and be watched, loved, worshipped. He's a pure narcissist -- contentless, and in this way highly appropriate to his times. An uncontrollable element of egotism is characteristic of all who present themselves for very visible office, of course, but pure love of their own image is not usually the only element that propels them." Wilentz is fascinated by Schwarzenegger and tries hard (with no luck) to obtain an interview with him, but she correctly observes that his "candidacy in its most easily understandable form -- Terminator for governor -- simplified politics and infantilizes the electorate."
— The Washington Post