A great moment in the CA recall campaign:

The latest ambush came at a candidate debate here Wednesday that featured four prominent candidates sitting next to an empty chair that had been reserved for Schwarzenegger, who has shown no interest in attending any forum but one scheduled for next week in which he and his rivals will know the questions in advance.

After asking repeatedly, “Where’s Arnold?” Lt. Gov. Cruz M. Bustamante, the only major Democrat on the recall ballot, proposed that all the leading candidates in the election skip next week’s debate and instead try to embarrass Schwarzenegger by holding their own unscripted session outside of the site where the forum will be held.

The three other candidates on stage with Bustamante — columnist and political independent Arianna Huffington, Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock and Green Party candidate Peter Camejo — each expressed interest in the idea.

I hope they do it. Arnold shouldn’t be able to use his celebrity status to shield him from discussing the issues.

Doonesbury has been beating up on Arnold this week, and today’s installment is especially relevant.