It seemed the California recall election couldn't possibly get any zanier, but Thursday it did. The Los Angeles Times reported Arnold Schwarzenegger had groped women, the candidate's aides screamed about dirty politics and then the candidate himself said that where there is smoke there is fire and apologized for doing bad things years ago.
Schwarzenegger didn't admit all the charges, however, and it does smack of a walk down the gutter that all of this should emerge when the gubernatorial vote is just days away. How do the voters sort it out? What should they believe and disbelieve? How important should it be to them? Should they pack up and move to the Midwest?
Chances are, most voters will stay put. Come Tuesday, we will have an outcome, which is not the same as saying that this entertainment-producing state will then grow dull. Whoever wins will have to deal with major problems under conditions of constant bombardment. The real winners may be the losers.