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California Farewell?

I write this in a state of disbelief and sadness for my state of California, and for all the people who are going to be affected by it, if it happens; which is virtually everyone who is sane and who cares about the country and the planet.

As you may know the Governor of California is Gavin Newsom, who replaced Jerry Brown, when his two consecutive terms ended. I was never a big fan of Newsom when he was Mayor of San Francisco and then Lieutenant Governor. He has a showbiz and arrogant aspect to him, and he is no Jerry Brown. But he is not a bad person, and his policies are mostly decent. I thought he has dealt with the pandemic fairly well, though he reopened too soon, under immense political pressure from Republicans and business owners. And yes, he did once eat at the French Laundry restaurant without a mask, big deal. So did the Mayor of San Francisco. And Nancy Pelosi had her hair done.

The people who made such a big deal of it, are undoubtedly all people who didn’t wear masks, didn’t want to get vaccinated. Sitting at a table one time without a mask (something that was legal there when he did it), hardly made him a hypocrite. But of such things are political coups made. Hillary Clinton wrote some e-mails. Al Gore had a fundraiser at a Japanese Temple. Bill Clinton had a consensual affair. And Gray Davis, the former Governor of California, was actually recalled, and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, because the electricity prices shot up, directly as a result of Enron gaming the market. But people didn’t know that then, and the Republicans took full advantage.

Almost two years ago, I went to a farmer’s market in Encino. Outside, there was a table with signs and signup sheets to recall Newsom. I found this infuriating, he had barely been in office. I went up to the middle-aged woman running the table, and asked if this were being run by the same people who had been pushing another petition to benefit right-wing Republicans, the making of two states out of California. She smiled, and said, “You wouldn’t be wrong.” That meant, Peter Thiel, the Far-Right billionaire who has been trying to take over this state for years.

Well, I did not think that there was any way that Newsom would be recalled. But they were already going after him, in the way that only insidious, relentless and very rich Republicans who want to control the entire country, can. And that was before the pandemic, not that Newsom handled this badly, not nearly as badly as governors like DeSantis and Abbott, and the ones in Missouri and Alabama, and all the rest of the states whose cases now make up about 40% of all the cases in the United States, because they inveighed against masks, did not try hard to vaccinate people, and fought the medical science as “the doctors telling us what to do.” Newsom shut it down here, and of course the Republicans excoriated him for it, just like they did Whitmer and Inslee and the good governors who cared, and wanted to save lives and protect health. Republicans, they just want to win, that’s their sole aim in life, besides piling up billions of dollars. And they will always try to profit in every way possible, from tragedy and despair, they feed on it like ghouls

So they attacked Newsom for everything: for closing down, for not opening up, for opening up, whatever. And now, I just looked at the polls for the recall election in about a month, and Newsom has fallen behind. He was fairly comfortably ahead a couple of months ago, and I was sure he was going to win. But now it looks almost certain that he will lose. Not only is he behind, but there is a big enthusiasm gap, as Republicans are all excited to vote, and Democrats are not following much. They have been running ads here with Elizabeth Warren urging people to not recall Newsom, but I don’t think it is helping at all. Someone else might have been a better choice to awaken moderate voters to the exigency here.

I’m not even in the mood to review in detail how the recall works. But there are two spots to vote: one is yes or no on the recall, the other is who you want to be governor. And part of the absolute insidiousness of the Republicans, and the ignorance of the voters, is that of course, of the choices, there is no highly respected Democrat, because as with Davis, none of those would put their name on the ballot against Newsom. So there is one Democrat with about 28%, some businessman You Tube person named Kevin Paffrath. I have never heard of him, and he might be a Republican plant. They think of all the angles, it is their raison d’etre.

Of Republicans, the leader is Larry Elder. I remember him from his talk show days here. and he probably still has a national one. He is a Black man who initially sounded decades ago like he might actually might be one of the intelligent Republican talk show hosts, because he doesn’t yell, but it soon became obvious that he was a hardcore Right-wing nut, and his opinions have gotten even most frightening in the last few years. He would destroy this state. As would the other Republicans. In the Davis recall, the only Democrat who got into the race was Cruz Bustamante, who was in the legislature somewhere here, but was a weak candidate who easily lost to Schwarzenegger.

This whole recall system is an utter gift to Republicans. It actually came from over a hundred years ago in California, as part of the Progressive movement. The entire state was owned by the oil and railroad companies, who bought the governors and the judges. The Initiative, Recall, and Referendum, as we learned in high school Government class, were intended to give the people some ability to have a voice in their government.

So it was meant well, but rarely used, until Republicans used it to get rid of three liberal Justices on the California Supreme Court. Then they got rid of Davis; and Schwarzenegger, who is not a bad person, and does care about the environment; but who had no idea of how to run the state, and would engage in protracted battles with Democrats in the legislature over the budgets, essentially bankrupted this state. It took Jerry Brown to get elected after eight years of this; and since the Republicans had enough legislators to block Brown’s budgets, he had to take the step of putting a tax increase on the ballot. People were actually smart enough to vote for it; and after a few years, the deficit was turned into a major surplus, and the state was saved.

Actually, the surplus is even larger now, but it is perhaps not going to save Newsom. Polls reflect that people are going to vote against him “because of his handling of the pandemic.” What does that mean? People have no clue. Some are mad because he shut down businesses; some are mad because the Republicans told them to be mad. They have no idea how this government works. Newsom, like Davis before him, won a clear majority of the vote, and now the Republicans are going to backdoor him out, and possibly install a Republican in the only way that they can, since they can’t win a state election directly.

And as an added punch in the stomach, if a Republican takes over the state, he will get to pick Senator Feinstein’s replacement, if she retires before the next election. So we would have a Republican held Senate with McConnell again, just like that. How could people not see this? It is just fun to change governors, or it is temporarily exciting to get rid of someone who irritates them, as most public officials eventually do? I thought we had learned better in California, but very likely not. “No one ever got rich underestimating the stupidity of the American people.”

I am surprised that President Biden is not involved here. This would be a calamity in many ways. I am convinced that any Republican governor here would essentially destroy the state, and we would be like Florida and Texas, with the pandemic out of control. All the efforts to help with the climate, including fuel efficient cars, which Newsom was strongly for, and which drew the enmity of Trump, who rescinded all of the standards, would be gone, and we would burn up. And for anyone who doesn’t like, or is jealous of California, this state probably produces more fruits and vegetables than the rest of them put together. Destroy California’s crops, and the entire United States economy is ruined. California would be the sixth largest budget in the world, were it a state.

Do you know why Peter Thiel was pushing for two states? Because one would have been all liberal, and one would have been Far Right, thus vastly diminishing the electoral power of the state for Democrats. You see, Republicans work and work and plot and plot, to figure out ways to legally or illegally turn this into a totalitarian country. Democrats are busy working on trying to fix problems and help people, and just do not seem to grasp what the Republicans are doing, until it is too late.

My girlfriend, born and raised in New York, perceptively suggested that the change in the polling against Newsom might have something to do with Cuomo. “Look, New York did it, so we can, too!” Getting rid of a high state official is a serious business, particularly when it is always Democrats who are removed. I am not going to re-debate the Cuomo situation, but our leading figures are being picked off one by one. And I was musing how Biden wanted to pick Klobuchar for VP, but some people attacked her for not investigating some officers accused of police brutality in Minnesota, and she withdrew from consideration. And we got Harris instead; who is okay, but in my opinion, will never win a national race; she was at 5% in polls when she dropped out of the primaries. Republicans may have been behind this, or more likely it was various Democrats who would rather demand purity, than run an effective government. If Harris gets the nomination in 2024 or 2028, we may well pay the price for this, as we seem to always do, because we are not political, a least not enough of us are; we want what we want, like we are in high school, picking our favorite people, or in a college fraternity or sorority, with their various tests of loyalty or likeability, by their standards.

This is depressing, and I am in the process of mourning for my state of California. If this all happens, we will have to go to Oregon or Washington, we are not staying here to watch it. Schwarzenegger was bad enough, and this will be worse. Maybe I will read something about this which offers some hope for a better result, but I doubt it. I never thought this could actually happen. Imagine that, getting both Cuomo and Newsom at once. At least Cuomo was replaced, at least for now, by a Democrat. And he did do some stupid and perhaps not acceptable things to be able to stay in office, though Republicans who do far worse, are not removed. Newsom hasn’t really done anything wrong. He is far from my favorite political figure, but he is infinitely preferable to any Republican that this state, where Republicans are on the far-out fringes, would ever come up with.

Just a couple of final words for now to summarize this, if we did not already fully know: Republicans are absolutely relentless; they plan ahead, they have billions to back them, and they organize. They want complete control of every mechanism of government. Far too many people do not understand how government works; for how else could a state like California, where the Democratic presidential candidates get 65% of the vote, be now this close to electing a Far Right wacko as governor? Why should Republicans bother about actual scheduled elections, when they can pick off Democrats in the years in between, when far fewer Democrats turn out? Republicans will never stop at this; they will do recalls, they will push sex scandals to get Democrats out. Katie Hill’s replacement lost the seat back to Republicans in the special election, and he still has it.

Oh, and when not realizing the status of the recall polls, I did a search, and inadvertently clicked on the topic, “recall polis,” and learned that they were trying to recall Democratic Governor Polis in Colorado. The first effort did not gather enough signatures, but they are trying again, and there are a variety of sites pushing the effort. That is what we are dealing with. Will we ever realize it in time, or are we too fragmented; and are we always searching for the perfect, which is either nonexistent, or a crafted delusion or fraud?

33 Responses

  1. William, this truly sucks… The last time I looked Newsome was so far ahead in the polls that I figured it was a done deal. It’s sad to see where we have gone in the last 40 years… i.e. Post-Reagan

  2. Hi William. I have a request. Could you please edit the paragraph where you describe the right wing talk show host. It could be misconstrued as suggesting it is unusual for a black man to sound intelligent. I think you are referring to talk show hosts in general not sounding intelligent because they yell. If that was your intent, a few words in the right place would clarify the idea.
    I’m guilty of a lot of phrasing that doesn’t come out right. Better to catch it early.

    • Yes, I just wanted to identify him, and my remembrances. They wanted some “balance of viewpoints” in hosts; this was before they moved to all right-wing conspiracy promoting hosts all the time. Elder sounded reasonable, because he was polite, and let people call who differed with him. But from what I’ve read about him here and there, he is full bore right wing, about at the level of Laura Ingraham. He would be far to th Right of former California governor Ronald Reagan.

  3. They must resort to arcane maneuvers and dirty tricks, because their numbers shrink more with each day.

    Unfortunately, TurdPress won’t let me make links on William’s threads, so I will put a link on RD’s next thread. But the reactionaries are still the dinosaurs, and demographic change is still the asteroid.

  4. I do not live in California, but do the Democrats not have veto-proof majorities in the state legislature? I seem to recall they did at one point fairly recently. If yes, how much damage can even a dedicated wingnut governor do? Benedict Donald would have been helpless without Moscow Mitch and his Senate majority.

    • Yes, you are right, the Democrats do have veto-proof majorities, which will definitely help, as long as they have them. But a right wing, pro-business, anti-labor, anti-environment governor is not good. And he would control the pandemic response.

  5. This next post is meant seriously, not as snark.

    William, have you considered professional mental health care? I am no psychologist or psychiatrist myself, but it seems to me that many of my fellow liberals have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or something resembling PTSD, from their surviving the previous Assministration.

    I rarely visit some blogs nowadays (not this one) because of the despondent atmosphere which prevails on them.

    • IBW, I do agree that there are some blogs and Twitter feeds, often from highly respectable people, which are always depressing. In fact, watch Niicolle Wallace’s show, if you want to end up despairing about the democracy. Or Maddow, or Hayes. It is not rare.

      I was just writing here about my home state, and what is likely to happen to it; and maybe a few people reading it, can help a bit to try to avoid it. It is worth being very concerned about, I think, but not to the point of inaction.

      • The problem is that despair (and the defeatism to which it leads) is a self-fulfilling prophecy: especially when we’re in the majority and the only way the wingnuts can win is by depressing turnout and limiting participation. We don’t turn out. We lose. We get discouraged so we don’t turn out. Lather, rinse, repeat. Thank God that didn’t happen in 2020.

        Overall (from the outside looking in), I think Newsom’s management of the Covid crisis was probably the best of the large states (certainly much better than Cuomo’s), even though many of his efforts were hamstrung by uncooperative local authorities. Yeah, dinner at the French Laundry was a PR disaster, but overall I think he saved thousands of lives. He really doesn’t deserve this.

  6. You know I think despair is almost always premature. Maybe we can put some more helpful posts out there. Like the infrastructure bill. It sounds better than expected.

    • I can write more about noir movies lol. Actually I like the ones with the surprising happy endings!

      Today, I took a little trip to a fruit market, and tried to convince a few of the farmers to get out to vote to stop the recall. One agreed, and said he would vote, and tell others to. The other one, who is on the Democratic side ordinarily, is angry at Newsom for what she said is not protecting the farmers. I know that there is an acute water shortage, and some of them are saying that Newsom is protecting some lobby that wants the water to save some fish, and not to irrigate farms. That is a terrible choice to have to make, if one does. But she wants Newsom out, who she says is out for himself, not the farmers. I tried to argue that any Republican would be worse, and she said that her mind is not made up.

      So I hope that everyone in this state will realize the stakes, and get out and vote against the recall. I agree that despair in the political realm is not helpful. But I am indeed very worried about California going forward. I think that the infrastructure bill sounds positive, which is important. I always hope for the brighter picture, but it is quite a struggle we are in, to save this country as a functioning democracy.

      • William, I know you think the happy noir endings are banal and corny! (Except maybe “Dark Passage”.)

        • No, as I said above, I like noirs with happy endings. Eddie Mueller does not like them. “Nobody Lives Forever” is another I like. “The Brothers Rico.” “Tension.””Backfire” “Party Girl.” I almost always root for the nicer characters to get through the dangers. Those threats and dark corners create sufficient atmosphere, and I do not like the sometimes predictable downbeat endings. A surprising number of nor films have more hopeful and romantic conclusions.

          • Yes, I know quite a bit about noir films. I introduced you to more than a few. You were not always a fan of the happy ending and often criticised me for liking them. “Corny”, you called me, especially when I preferred Ann over Kathie. I have not forgotten.

  7. It’s healthy to remind ourselves often that the former guy is no longer in office. The flashbacks may come but we can try to laugh them away. My mother used to say if we don’t learn to laugh, we will surely go mad.

  8. My work here is done.

  9. and the ones in Missouri and Alabama

    To be fair, Kay Ivey (Republican Governor of Alabama) has done something of a 180 on Covid: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/23/alabama-governor-covid-vaccinations-500638

    Better late than never, I suppose, although one has to wonder how many lives she could have saved if she’d seen the light a little earlier.

  10. I feel your pain, William.

    I was in California with Grey Davis as governor. Strong Democrats always have targets on their backs — and I think Republicans try to take them down early and continuously and use the media to help. Grey Davis recall, Howard Dean’s scream (which could barely be heard in the auditorium), all of the bogus allegations against Hillary come to mind.

    Grey Davis was a great governor but had to deal with the Enron mess. The media made out like it was his fault, not Enron’s or the feds, which refused to stop Enron. Grey Davis did an excellent job given the challenges — he was admirably competent. More people voted to keep Grey Davis than voted for Schwarzenegger, but the crazy recall rules meant California lost Grey Davis and got an actor governor.

    Schwarzenegger meant well (for a Republican) but it was like asking an actor do do cardiac surgery. And of course, he has been creditably accused of harassing many women, but did that prevent his election or result in calls for his resignation? Or his utter incompence as governor? Nope!

    The GOP attacked Newsom when he was San Francisco’s mayor, supposedly over an affair. (How many GOP officials have had affairs?) But Democrats have to pass a purity test. Remember that he allowed the first gay marriages in America at City Hall? That must have driven the GOP nuts. Now that he is governor, they are at it again.

    We have Abbott and DeSantis who have created hospitalization crises in their states, arguably killing people. Where are the calls, even in the media, for them to resign? How long does it take to see the pattern?

    • What really appalled me during the Davis recall was the RW propaganda blaming “environmentalists blocking power plant construction” for the entirely Enron-manufactured power shortage (just as they’re now blaming “environmentalists” for PG&E’s failure to maintain power lines). PG&E diverted money from line maintenance to spend on dividends and share buy-backs. It was a deliberate policy decision on their part.

  11. djmm, thanks. Yes, Davis was a good person and governor, and the Republicans simply did to him what they could not do in the regular election. That we are perhaps seeing the same thing happen again, is hard to imagine. Republicans cannot win the general election, so they do the recall, and then take advantage of some short-sighted people’s tendency to try another alternative out of boredom of frustration or ignorance. And the Democratic alternatives are shut out of a chance to run to replace, because of the recall system; if a couple ran as alternatives, it would automatically cause the incumbent to lose the recall, and none of them want to do that. People should look at the choices on the ballot, they are a bunch of weirdos and business types.

    Jane Fonda recently said that she considered running, because she was worried about Newsom’s vulnerability. But she decided against it, and supported him. She should have run, it would have given me someone to vote for in the Part 2 selection. She would probably make a good governor, better than Arnold. Back to Davis, I felt very bad for him, a good man blamed for something he never caused at all. Why have elections, if the losing party with the big money just gets to do it again, without the party in office being able to have its own primary? They will do it in every state with a Democratic governor. They have the money (look at the hundreds of millions they spend on fake audits), and at the least, the recall damages the governor for the next election, and might even get him removed a a year or two after he was elected to office. Our hope here is that we can wake up enough people as to the dangers of Democratic governor. But it it ends being Elder or someone vs. Paffrey, we would end up having to support a cipher whose background and intentions are very much unknown.

  12. I read about Larry Elder, who is leading the Republican polls, who is having ads all over TV. He is in favor of more oil drilling off the coastline. He wants hydraulic fracking. He believes that the minimum wage in California should be zero, because he does not believe in a minimum wage. He wants Roe v. Wade overturned. He does not believe that climate change is real.

    The one Democrat in the polls, Paffrey, seems like a jerk, a real estate guy who has various unformed ideas. He says that California “is already as far from a second amendment state as you can get, whatever that means; probably that he thinks we’ve already gone too far here on any restrictions. He thinks that Newsom has caused any problems which the state has. He has no government experience, he sells real estate and has a YouTube site.

    Newsom said yesterday that Elder will reverse all the gains we have made to fight the pandemic. He says that Elder will transform the state judiciary through his appointments. Elder has said that Dennis Prager, another far-right radio host, helped encourage him to run. This all amounts to a right-wing dream, the stealth takeover of a state which has not elected a Republican to a state office since 2012. So possible national demographic trends aside, this is how the Republicans seek to circumvent them, by taking advantage of provisions such as the Recall. Oh, and I found that almost incredibly, if over 50% of the voters choose yes on recall, Newsom is gone, and then the person on the ballot with the most votes, is the new governor; he just needs a plurality,, and there is no runoff. This is incredible, who wrote this? The small hope, besides Newsom defeating the recall, is that there is another election in 2022. But Elder would be the incumbent then, and who knows how much damage he could do in a year?

    • Aren’t there some irregularities with Elder’s finances? I thought I read something about that in the LA Times/

    • “Oh, and I found that almost incredibly, if over 50% of the voters choose yes on recall, Newsom is gone, and then the person on the ballot with the most votes, is the new governor;…”

      Yes, that is how Arnold became one of the most incompetent governors California had. He had fewer votes than the votes to keep Davis, but because Davis did not get 50%, Arnold got in.

      Eldar is worse than Arnold. Much worse.

  13. He believes that the minimum wage in California should be zero, because he does not believe in a minimum wage

    You know, I was going to make a wisecrack about how weird it was that an African-American effectively wanted to do away with the 13th Amendment and restore slavery, but there was no way to make it even marginally funny.

    Historically, referendum and recall were two of the cherished innovations of the Progressive movement, which is why they’re so common in Western states (hotbeds of Progressivism in the late 19th/early 20th Centuries). I think they’re out of control and have really backfired. It’s harder to do a recall of a state-level official here in Colorado than it is in California, but we’ve had efforts like this succeed on the city and county levels. We’ve also had some really stupid stuff stuck in the state constitution due to deceptively worded voter initiatives (e.g., Amendment 2, an anti-LGBTQ amendment from the late ’90s that was thankfully thrown out by the State Supreme Court, and TABOR, the so-called Taxpayers Bill Of Rights, a Prop 13-like tax limitation measure that almost bankrupted the state in the 2008 recession).

    Back to the recall: any idea what turnout is going to be? If Newsom gets kicked out, can he run again in 2022?

    • Oh, yes, Proposition 13. the weight which almost sunk the California economy, because it was written so that wealthy people could avoid property tax increases. That of course was part of the Initiative process, also well-meaningly made part of the state constitution during the Progressive era, but then utilized by the very wealthy to be anti-democratic. I would say that 90% of so of the propositions on our ballot are put there by wealthy business interests, but written in a way to confuse the rest of the voters to vote yes. As my mother very insightfully said, she would ordinarily vote no on every proposition, unless she knew a lot about it. Safer that way.

      Republicans are absolute masters when it comes to scouring the laws and loopholes to see they can be used to sneak themselves into office, and to give more money to the billionaires. I think that the Recall should be removed from our state constitution, as Republicans will try to recall virtually every Democratic governor. As to your questions, I do not know what the turnout might be, but it obviously will not be too high, another gift to Republicans. Per the latest polls, Republicans are charged up to vote, and Democrats are not. Yes, Newsom could run again, but I doubt he would be nominated if recalled.. He did say yesterday that if he were not recalled, he would run for the second term, which is not ideal, but he would be entitled. As you know, because CA is so big and complex, there are always going to be issues and competing interests, and no one can solve them all, so Republicans have used this to get rid of Davis and now possibly Newsom, who by no means have done a bad job. Recall was meant to be used in the case of malfeasance or corruption, not as a whimsical do-over for voters, and a ploy of the losing party. Newsom should run an ad with the quote of Elder saying that the minimum wage in California should be zero, in big letters. Let the voters think that he has the power to do it to them. Much more effective than having Warren talk about how Republicans suppress voting, in her anti-Recall ads.

      • Yeah, we’ve had some real whoppers put forth as initiatives:

        1) After Boulder and Denver enacted ordinances banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification back in the early ’90s, Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family put forth Amendment 2, which was sold to the public as banning “special rights”, but in fact prohibited municipalities from enacting anti-discrimination laws that were broader than state law. I knew some perfectly reasonable people who were taken in by the advertising and voted for it. Fortunately, the State Supreme Court ruled that it violated a rather unusual provision of the state constitution and struck it.

        2) TABOR, which has been unbelievably destructive

        3) An additional amendment which *requires* that the state annually increase funding for K-12 education by a fixed percentage.

        TABOR incorporated a “ratchet down” provision which reset the limits for state revenue downward in any year that revenue dropped and also required that any surpluses be refunded to the taxpayers, preventing the state from accumulating any reserves. When this was combined with (3), above, and the revenue drop caused by the 2008 recession, disaster ensued (averted through the herculean efforts of Andrew Romanoff, then the youngest-ever Speaker of the Colorado House, who managed to organize a bipartisan campaign to eliminate the worst features of TABOR). It’s still bad (there’s a reason why the University of Colorado, despite its status as a state institution, gets less than 3% of its budget from the state), but at least it’s not a suicide pact anymore.

      • I’m not real familiar with the details of Prop 13 (I visit CA a lot, but I’ve never been a resident), but I think TABOR is even broader. It limits tax revenues from all sources at all levels of government (income, property, sales, etc, etc.) and originally required refunds of any surpluses to the taxpayers (in the form of income tax rebates on the state level). It completely destroys any budget flexibility on the state level. Fortunately, the very worst provisions were repealed.

  14. The reason Davis lost the recall was the car tax, even though Enron was involved. Californians refused to pay the negligible increase and it was an easy argument to use against him. He also appeared to be a wimp, physically, so Ahnold was an easy foil. It was heartbreaking and stupid. I remember visiting the state capitol during Schwarzenegger ‘s reign and being told that he was never there. He has actually redeemed himself somewhat since those days.
    Similarly, people do not like Newsom’s demeanor, but the latest focus is the gas tax. People are suckers for these ephemeral pocketbook issues that are frequently followed by economic devastation when the republicans take over. It definitely is disheartening.

    • Very well said. It is always followed by economic devastation, as Republicans are disastrous for the finances of everyone but the very wealthy, who are behind all of this, but never have enough to satisfy them.

      I never notice the gas tax. Prices are up to $4.50 here, and it is not Newsom’s fault. People have this incomprehensible conception that if they just change governors, it will be fixed. Like baseball fans wanting to change managers every week, but of course this is far more serious. The Republicans offer the cheap lure of the do-over, new roll of the dice, let’s try something different. But it is not, it is just a worse version of Deukmajian or Wilson of Schwarzenegger. But somehow people do not seem to complain too much in those regimes, or maybe it is that Democrats do not have the megaphone and the interconnected network which allows them to make major issues out of nothing, and call out the populace to grab the torches and pitchforks.

      I went into a popular cafe one morning, and there was Governor Schwarzenegger sitting at a long table, joking around with a group of people. I thought, gee, it must be fun for him, being a nominal governor and doing nothing to deal with the budget crises that he caused.

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