As the Scarecrow sings, "Thinking Im a Lincoln, if I only had a brain."
I agree with Peter and Eric: If the choice is between Bustamante and Arnold, then you go Arnold. Although I expect or predict, that if Arnold wins it will be a disaster for the Republican Party in California. Arnold is the only person who can pass a budget with major tax increases. Davis and Bustamante cant. McClintock wont. Arnold brings enough of the Republicans over the cliff.
Should McClintock drop out? Perhaps it would be the prudent thing to do. But McClintock has made a promise to his supporters and he states over and over in public that he keeps his promises. So he is really in a lose, lose situation. He cant drop out because of that promise. Read his lips, so to speak. I expect it costs him more to drop out than to stay in the race.