Zach considers the deeper meanings of Schwarzenegger’s metaphors:
What’s bizarre is that the term “girlie men” originates not with Schwarzenegger himself, but with Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon’s “Hans and Franz” Saturday Night Live skits in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Schwarzenegger’s political masculinist performance is nothing more than a bizarre caricature of his own filmic self-representation as sarcastically imagined by unflattering impersonators. And, lest we forget, “judgment day” in the Terminator Cycle was the date at which evil semisentient robots detonated massive nuclear strikes against humanity and destroyed civilization as we know it, except for Claire Danes. That’s either not a particularly useful metaphor for the democratic process, or it’s a profoundly telling comment about how republicans understand their relationship to the rights of working people.