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The Terminator knows what’s ahead of him. He says he’s ready for the slime and even the substance he expects Gray Davis, whose innocent looks belie the instincts of a street fighter, to throw his way. He has lived most of his life in Hollywood, after all. The word here at poolside is that the Democrats will portray the Terminator as a man with a lusty appetite for women, of all possibilities.

In the era of the gay bishop, this may be the lowest blow of all. We’re about to see just how heterophobic we’ve become.

Wesley Pruden is editor in chief of The Times.