The editorial is so far gone, so full of lies, so full of false analogies, and just so lunatic that I think something else has to be going on here.
In brief, I think the S.F. Chronicle is running a COINTELPRO-style program.
You might be shocked, but I think it's true. What better way to show that Arnold is right than to print an editorial that sounds even crazier than, say, a drugged and drunken street person in a Hollywood donut shop at 3am?
The columns from, say, Mark Morford are occasionally entertaining, even rarely intentionally so. And, Morford can manage to string a few coherent sentences or even paragraphs together. However, Davis' column is what I would refer to as "literally insane." I believe this to be a tacit admission from the S.F. Chronicle that Arnold is right and all his critics are nuts.