Arnold As The Future Henry K?

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's play to push up the state's presidential primary to give it a bigger say in the 2008 race, coupled with his aggressive moves to build a strong legacy, has Washington wondering about his next act. Constitutionally barred from being president, the Austrian-born actor-politician has been rumored to be interested in running for the Senate.

But allies say he has another thought: secretary of state. And not because of his accent; they say he's internationally famous for his Terminator role and an able diplomat who has many friends in world capitals. And about that accent, says a pal, "he's easier to understand than [former Nixon Secretary of State] Henry Kissinger."

By Paul Bedard