The cover of heroes
The Alliance for a Better California -- the coalition of public employee unions that has hounded Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at nearly every public appearance he has made this year -- announced this afternoon it would NOT stage a protest when Schwarzenegger tapes an appearance on the Jay Leno show later today. The reason: "out of respect for the Tonight Show's 'Support Our Troops' theme for this evening."
Hard to say whether Schwarzenegger factored in this protest-protecting situation when he agreed to go on the show, but it is reminiscent of a trick former Gov. Gray Davis pulled in San Diego a few years back. Worried that he would be roundly booed when he walked out to throw the first pitch at a Padres baseball game, Davis surrounded himself with police and firefighter heroes as he made his way to the pitcher's mound. It worked: No one dared boo, lest their jeers be mistaken for disapproval of the men in uniform.