AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Boxer-Schwarzenegger hype is a product of political timing. The senator is up for re-election in 2010, just when the governor will be finishing his second and final term. The U.S. Senate might seem like a natural next stop for the notoriously ambitious Schwarzenegger, who can’t run for president because he was born outside the United States. But would Schwarzenegger run? The conventional wisdom leans decidedly toward no. More likely possibilities, some observers guess, might be a run for mayor of Los Angeles (a la former Gov. Jerry Brown, who went on to be Oakland mayor); doing environmental advocacy work (think Al Gore); becoming a Cabinet secretary in a Republican or Democratic administration; or perhaps returning to Hollywood as a producer or director. The problem, as they see it, is that Schwarzenegger’s can-do personality would be ill-suited for the Senate, whose members spend countless hours mired in mundane committee hearings and floor debates. Accustomed to being chief executive of the state, Schwarzenegger would be one of 100 senators, albeit a very recognizable one. “It would be extremely frustrating for a man whose motto is, `Action, action, action,”‘ said John Pitney, Jr. a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. “The motto of the Senate is, `Talk, talk, talk.”‘ “I just don’t think he would enjoy the Senate that much,” Stutzman added. SACRAMENTO – It’s a political throw-down that probably will never happen, but that’s not about to stop political junkies from speculating: Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood star-turned GOP governor and global-warming crusader, taking on Sen. Barbara Boxer, the scrappy, liberal, three-term Democrat. And what a race it would be. A California Field poll of registered voters released Tuesday shows the two heavyweights in a virtual tie in a hypothetical 2010 Senate election – 44 percent for Schwarzenegger, 43 percent for Boxer, well within the margin of error. “It would be a fabulous battle royale,” said GOP consultant Rob Stutzman, the governor’s former communications director, “and poll numbers like these just feed the parlor game.” But others say the lure of the nation’s “most exclusive club,” as the Senate is known, will be hard for Schwarzenegger to resist. Garry South, a longtime Democratic strategist, believes a deep anxiety will grip Schwarzenegger as 2010 approaches and the realization sets in that his political career is nearing an end. “I don’t think Arnold is any more immune to that than any politician,” South said. “There’s nothing like being in office, like people calling you governor, like having a security detail around you. You can’t underestimate the allure of that status.” South dismisses the idea that Schwarzenegger would be simply “one of 100” in the Senate. Instead, South argued, his situation would be more like that of Hillary Clinton, who’s been swarmed by reporters ever since she stepped foot in the Senate. The governor, for his part, isn’t giving any clues about his future. Boxer would certainly be in for the race of her career should Schwarzenegger decide to run against her. She has a devoted following on the left but has been seen for years as vulnerable to a challenge by a moderate Republican. Unlike her previous GOP opponents, Schwarzenegger would have millions of dollars at his disposal to tout his moderate credentials on the environment and other issues. “Of all the things the governor is worried about right now,” his communications director Adam Mendelsohn said of the Senate speculation, “this may be last on the list.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!