rule: No do-overs. Once you elect an official,
unless he runs off with public funds or gets caught
with kiddie porn, you're stuck with him.
the governor, not some dude you married in Las
going on here in California, if you're lucky enough
to not have been following this, is that the economy
turned, so we're getting rid of the governor.
But what if we drive him out of office and the
economy still doesn't get better? I guess we'll
have to burn him. And if that doesn't work, we'll
kill his dog.
in baseball when the team stinks, you fire the
manager. But you don't fire him because it rains.
And you don't let the opposing team choose a new
manager for you. And you don't fire him between
innings. And replace him with a Viennese weightlifter.
why the economy turned: The dot-com bubble burst.
(Obviously on the orders of Gray Davis.) The airline
industry collapsed. (Just as Gray Davis planned.)
We fought two wars. (Playing right into Gray Davis'
hands.) And Dick Cheney's friends at Enron "gamed"
the energy market and ripped off the state for
you can see the problem: Gray Davis. And the obvious
solution: A Viennese weightlifter. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Finally, a candidate who can explain the Bush
administration's positions on civil liberties
in the original German.
there are still a lot of Democrats with sour grapes
over the last presidential election, and they're
not collecting petitions to replace George Bush
with Bernie Mac.
I'm not saying that I like Davis. Being enthusiastic
about Davis would be like saying your favorite
food is straw. But he fought for his country in
Vietnam and won a fair election, and he's entitled
to his term.
he's a lousy governor, but he was the one elected
by voters who bothered to show up at the polls.
Their efforts shouldn't be undone by disgruntled
shoppers signing a petition on their way out of
Target. Anyone who thinks this recall is some
great affirmation of democracy should review early
American history. This is precisely the kind of
direct involvement by the howling masses that
the framers wanted to avoid.
hey, let's have the recall. And then the people
who voted for Davis can have a recall and put
him back in. And then we can throw him out again.
It works well in Italy. And it'll really help
the state economy, too, when investors realize
our political system is on par with Belize.
and a recall election will cost the state up to
$35 million. Money we would otherwise just waste
on schools and roads. And we'll still have to
have a regular election in March.
this really isn't about elections at all. This
is about a congressman named Darrell Issa, a Republican
car alarm magnate who wants to be governor and
has spent $1.5 million of his own money to fund
the recall effort.
about that as the silver lining the next time
a car alarm wakes you up in the middle of the
July 26, 2003