It appears as though the stream of accusations against Arnold Schwarzenegger have already backfired on Davis’ smear machine. 58% of those polled in the SurveyUSA flash poll say that Arnold is being smeared by the allegations. Arnold has actually gained support because of the accusations levelled against him.
The smear that Arnold was an admirer of Hitler is particularly disgusting especially since early media reports actually misquoted what he says. It is certainly not anti-Semitic to say that Hitler was an exceptionally great orator, as Mitch Berg points out. In no way does that correlate to support of his policies, Nazism, and anti-Semitism.
Arnold made it clear that Davis would do whatever he could to smear him, and it appears that this is indeed the case. However, the voters of California are sick of Gray Davis’ disgusting slash-and-burn politics. If anything, these scurrilous accusations are a sign of the desperation of the Davis campaign as they realize that they will lose on Tuesday. As I’m fond of saying, it couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people.