ARNOLD IN FREE FALL….Hoo boy. Big trouble for the Governator:

A chastened Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger extended a conciliatory hand Tuesday to California lawmakers, as a new opinion poll showed that voters dislike the governor nearly as much as the highly unpopular Legislature.

Here in California, the popularity of the state legislature usually hovers somewhere between that of the Third Reich and Stalin’s Comintern. If Schwarzenegger is closing in on that, he’s in big trouble.

POSTSCRIPT: Political Animal apologizes in advance for its references to Hitler and Stalin in this post. We understand that historical analogies can be misinterpreted by some, but it was not our intention to offend anyone except the California legislature. And maybe the governor. But no one else.