is a sexual predator" was one among many opinions pressed upon
Arnold supporters as they passed through the lines of demonstrators
surrounding the official rally site at the State Capitol. A temporary
fence had been erected to separate the rally site from ordinary
people. Colored wrist bands were used to identify and admit only
Arnold's faithful through the fence's red, white and blue arches.
This was an extravagant affair, but apparently just another scene
in a well-scripted and expensive campaign. The closely-packed faithful
were unpaid extras in this day's media event, which also included
a rock and roll band, clouds of red, white and blue confetti, an
ocean of "Join Arnold" placards, and of course, the star,
Our protesting voices and expressions of concern for women and our
State, went unnoticed by the legions of media representatives following
the Arnold juggernaut.
As a friend said, "This is scary."