The nation has seen three major governor recalls over the past two decades—two of them in California and one in Wisconsin.
In Wisconsin, government employees unions chased Gov. Scott Walker and failed to remove him from office. In 2003, Californians were overwhelmed by Governor Gray Davis and unions failed to protect him.
By their very nature, memories have a heavy randomness to them. When Arnold Schwarzenegger joined the race to replace Davis, it probably sealed the governor’s fate, and Davis became one of only two governors to be recalled in our nation’s history. This was big news. Walker’s victory was also big news.
Newsom winning is no big news. Sacramento’s public employees unions have become much more powerful and have collected massive amounts of money from dues to ensure their friends can come and stay in office. They can take credit for creating a one-party state.
The recall probably provided incentives for massive increases and bonuses for union members. Newsom would approve a memorandum of understanding that gave pay increases, and the unions made a very generous contribution to their campaign for the recall.
In randomness, one candidate jumped in, providing a Schwarzenegger-like repetitive scenario. Larry Elder’s entry was a major game changer just before the closing of the filing period.
There is a proverb, “What if they started a war and no one showed up?” Democrats did an effective job of making sure they didn’t have a strong candidate as an alternative should the recall succeed. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa could have been a major factor, especially with California’s large Hispanic community.
Republicans are less disciplined, and that’s why so many of them were in the hunt. And after the Elder jumped, none of them stood down, except Doug Ose, but that was due to a heart attack. I received emails from Republican nobles for governor who couldn’t even garner half of one percent of the total vote. What is the explanation for this self-righteous and ignorant behavior?
With the successful recall of Sen. Josh Newman a few years ago, the democratic majority in the state legislature has made the recall process extremely difficult. As a result, the date of recall got delayed due to the new mandatory procedures. After their completion, the actual date was set to provide for a much shorter election period.
I would suspect that this was done to: one, the election was completed before Newsom signed the massive number of bills sent to his desk by the end of September 10 of the legislative session; And second, before launching a strong and credible campaign for the positive vote.
Newsom has already signed SBs 9 and 10, two extremely troubling bills for local land management. So, who knows what other unfair bills he’ll sign before the end of the month, because he won’t have to worry about voter reactions until November next year, as long as they’ll be forgotten.
Even a short election cycle required Elder to tackle the campaign urgently. Hiring consultants and raising funds in such a small window is enough to make a normal person’s head explode.
The Republican ran a Jewish candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2002: Bruce Hershensohn. He was brutalized. Now Republicans ran a black candidate for the leading position and Elder was mercilessly attacked. So much for the liberal concern for members of black and other minority ethnic communities.
Even with the acrimony and false labeling received by Elder, the recall passed in about 28 of California’s 58 counties. And Elder was the highest voter of all but one of them, receiving more than 47 percent (more than 5 times that of the next Republican nominee). Take a look at the color-coded map on the Secretary of State’s website and you’ll see that California can easily be divided into two, North and East and West and South.
In the South, the newspaper with the largest subscription base in the state—the Los Angeles Times—was apoplectic. This consistently followed the Elder, to the point of making him monstrous, and provided minimal balance in his coverage of the race. The OC was different by supporting register elder. Thank goodness for an editorial board that still has a moderate leaning. But the need for a good conservative-leaning newspaper is very clear.
Overall, it is quite clear that the majority of California voters are passive and rely on liberal policies to fail miserably. California’s list of diseases is too long to resume here, but the out-migration data should speak for itself. Sadly, the codependent majority voted for the depressing and faltering devil that they knew about the conservative voice that they didn’t really get a chance to know.
With only one-quarter of the state being registered Republicans, more than 36 percent of the vote approving the recall suggests it was not a “Republican recall.” Many independents have also provided their support. Spending more than $80 million to oppose the recall costs about $13.50 per vote. Not a cheap date, but at least the Elder forced public workers unions and wealthy liberals to fork over a boatload of money.
Based on fiscal position, of the bottom ten states in this country, only California voters used their direct democracy capabilities to say they had enough. “Let my people go” comes to mind. A frog always tries to get out of the hot pot. For those of us who haven’t given up yet, he made a strong and bold statement. They may be ready to make another one next year by gathering enough signatures to make another school choice initiative on the November ballot.
If the failed Golden State governor and legislature don’t realize that Native Americans are indeed restless, public workers unions can hope to combat more direct democracy, as voters use the tools provided more than 100 years ago. when Republican Hiram Johnson was governor. Of California: Proposals, Referendums and Recalls. And now the time has come to end the financial generosity of these unions at the expense of the taxpayers.
To the 3.5 million people who cast their vote for the recall, thank you. Acquisition is for sisters. It was necessary to address the crap in the polling booth, and I’m so proud of you for sending a message to Sacramento. We can only hope that it sinks.
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