Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Countdown to recall

This governor of ours... what a character. His speech yesterday was nothing short of pathetic. No matter how hard he tries, he just can't seem to take responsibility for his failures and dishonesty. What I believed before this recall became reality and what I still believe today is that he would have much more credibility if he had been a bit more honest about the state of the state during last year's election. It was quite shocking to hear, only weeks after his second inauguration, that our state was in financial shambles.

Whoever is advising him and writing his speeches should be fired. His weak attempt at contrition fell flat yesterday under his constant finger-pointing at the VRWC. The Democrats have become a pathetic bunch, almost wishing for failure so they can find ways to blame Republicans for all things wrong (even the blackout was somehow tied to beltway Republicans.) It's about time to face the music and start admitting failure, and to come up with some ideas so solve our problems, instead of constantly whining about the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. It amazes me that anybody would support Davis or align themselves with that party, much less admit it. I mean, how can you applaud this speech?

Now, let's talk about the recall. This recall is bigger than California. What's happening here is part of an ongoing national effort to steal elections Republicans cannot win.

Thank you. Thank you.

It started with the impeachment of President Clinton when the Republicans could not beat him in 1996. It continued in Florida where they stopped the vote count, depriving thousands of Americans of the right to vote. [ed note: the impeachment didn't happen until two years after his election, and only after he lied, lied, and lied again, and asked us to explain to him what "is is". And enough about Florida! This stolen election crap is getting very old. Recount after recount has given the win to Bush. Nobody's voting rights were denied, though Gore would have denied the votes of our servicemen and women overseas if he'd had his way.]

This year, they're trying to steal additional congressional seats in Colorado and Texas, overturning legal redistricting plans. Here in California, the Republicans lost the governor's race last November. Now they're trying to use this recall to seize control of California just before the next presidential election. [ed. note: Winning an election with less than 50% of the vote and a scant 8 million voters turning up is hardly gloating material. Fact is, the majority of Californians didn't like him in November, and more than 70% of Californians now despise him. But he likes to think that the Republicans are just a bunch of thiefs. Apparently the legal, democratic process means not a thing to him. Nor does popular public opinion.]

They spent $3 million to put this recall on the ballot.

But you're going to have to spend $65 million of your hard-earned tax dollars to conduct that election. [ed. note: Money well spent. How much more will it cost us to keep Davis around for another 3.5 years?]

I'm sure you'll agree with me that money would be better spent educating our children.

Call me old-fashioned, and I am.

Call me old-fashioned, but I believe when an election is over, the people have spoken and it's time to get to work and do the public's business. [ed. note: Not when you win an election based on half-truths. The people are speaking up again. It's MY government, after all, not yours, Mr. Davis.]

There are many reasons to be against this recall. It's expensive, it's undemocratic, it's a bad precedent, and it almost certainly will breed more recalls. The end result will be more campaigning not less, more politics not less and less time to do the public's business.

The Republicans behind this recall say they want you to oust me for past mistakes. My friends, they don't give a rip about past mistakes. [ed. note: Ding ding ding ding! Yep! I don't give a rip about past mistakes, I do give a rip about your future mistakes.]

This is all about control in the future, seizing back the governor's chair and believing with so many candidates running for office they can do it with just a handful of California voters. [ed. note: kinda like Mr. Davis, no?] That's what this is about.

For the next seven weeks, my highest priority will be doing the job you elected me to do.

But make no mistake, I am going to fight this recall and the right-wing forces behind it. You can take that to the bank. [ed. note: Right-wing forces, and pissed off Democrats, too. You can't have a 22% approval rating with the full love of the Donkey party]

This morning on the radio, the SF Chronicle's Washington Bureau Chief, Marc Sandalow, observed that watching Gray Davis trying to be likable is like watching Wayne Newton trying hip-hop. Can't argue with that.

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