Politico.com’s Jeffrey Ressner and Ben Smith reported last night that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has “spoken” to opposing sides in the WGA strike situation and “has had staff members reach out to both sides, as well as to the federal mediator trying to get them to hammer out a deal about future residuals and other issues.”

Ressner-Smith also repeated a Deadline Hollywod Daily report that “an e-mail [has] made the rounds intimating that an ‘ex-president'” — Bill Clinton? Jimmy Carter? — “has offered to serve as a buffer between the two sides.”