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Schwarzenegger: Why Listen to ‘Losers’?

First, Governor Schwarzenegger put down Demcrats during the summer´s budget fight as “girlie men.”

Now he has referred to leaders of the Legislature´s Democratic majority as “losers.”

When was asked yesterday whether he´d listen to proposals from Democratic leaders to increase taxes to solve the state´s continuing fiscal problems.

The governor replied: “Why would I listen to losers?”

He said Democrats and “big spenders” had lost ballot measures in the San Francisco area and in Los Angeles, adding, “People don´t want to be taxed.”

Even before he concluded his remarks, Schwarzenegger attempted to recast his jeer to be aimed only at the idea of raising taxes — not at Democrats themselves.

The governor´s spokeswoman also offered the same clarification.