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This recall is the ultimate chess game. King, Queen and its courtsmen are about to attack.
But do Soul Cal-Californians really get what’s at stake here?
First, let’s start by introducing Larry Elder. If you don’t watch FOX News you won’t know where he was produced. Yes, he is a Black Conservative. I’m not saying he is a bad player nor is he a bad person, he just doesn’t know what he’s conserving like most Black conservatives.
In our Critical analysis of the recall attack from the right, is to change kings into yet another King. A Conservative King or Queen.
The key here is to know who you’re dancing with. To know who will step on your toes intentionally and say sorry, from the one who will step on your toes intentionally and don’t say sorry and tell you it’s your fault.
That’s it, Folks!
September might be the month that turns a lot of California liberals into conservatives.
It might be the month they lose their very liberal governor, elected not long ago in a landslide, and see him replaced by a Trump Republican with a modest share of the vote. If this happens, they can thank their forebears, the original Progressives of the early 1900s. In those days, not so different from our own, progressivism arose to challenge corporate power. Especially in the West, Progressives gave their states “direct democracy” — lawmaking by citizen initiatives, referendums on existing laws, recalls of elected officials.
Like a lot of good intentions, direct democracy is a mixed bag at best. In the limited space of this column, we’ll focus on a particular harebrained scheme: recall elections.
On Sept. 14, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) confronts a do-or-die moment. Easily elected in 2018, and facing another campaign next year, Newsom has an extra date with the voters thanks to a petition drive that collected signatures from a small percentage of the electorate.
Did some great scandal erupt — something too urgent to be handled by an impeachment in the state legislature or by the voters next year?
No. According to polls, Newsom is facing an extra election partly because his covid-19 policies (like everyone’s covid-19 policies) are controversial, and — crucially — because he attended an unmasked gathering with other wealthy progressives at one of the toniest of wine-country restaurants, while simultaneously requiring the “little people” of California to stay home and mask up.
As a matter of cosmic justice, this is wonderful. Hypocrisy was pandemic among the California elite long before covid-19. Weirdly, for such a large, dynamic and diverse state, politics in California is dominated by an oily fiefdom of entangled family dynasties whose members have the maître d’ of the French Laundry on speed dial. The Newsom family has been neck-deep in it for 80 years or more. Some sort of humbling is past due.
But in matters of state, common sense outranks schadenfreude. By that measure, the recall is ridiculous. Newsom won office in a free and fair election, and the voters will have another crack at him soon. Periodic elections hold leaders to account, and impeachment punishes gross malfeasance. Adding an extra election at the whim of a miffed minority adds nothing but chaos.
Worse, California’s recall actually favors the fringe. In a two-step process, voters first decide whether to dump the incumbent. That’s a simple yes-no vote: Keep Newsom, or show him who’s boss. Who wouldn’t like to take the governor down a peg? Show the insiders some “people power.”
Meanwhile, Newsom’s opponents aren’t required to offer an alternative, which means they aren’t saddled with their own candidate who may have dined at the wrong restaurant or
retweeted the wrong meme. They need only persuade 50 percent plus one more voter that Gov. Lord Fauntleroy should be bounced from office for the high crime of smug entitlement.
Given the irritable public mood, that’s not a high lift. Even in deep-blue California, polls suggest Newsom is on thin ice.
If Newsom is recalled — tossed from office — question two comes into play. More than 40 candidates have qualified to be listed on the ballot as possible replacements. Forty! With so many names, 10 percent of the vote will be an impressive show of strength. Twenty percent will be massive. No candidate is likely to come close to a majority, but the top vote-getter will be headed to Sacramento.
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