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California Recall Troublesome

Monday, 16 June 2003 12:00 AM

It's easy to dislike Gray Davis. This inept and ineffective Democrat has bungled and bumbled his way through debacle after debacle since 1998, when he was first elected governor of California. From California's energy crisis to the state budget, Davis proved that he couldn't guide a one-car funeral procession through a one-intersection town if he had to.

But all of a sudden, seven months after Davis' re-election to a second term, the Republican-led effort to get him kicked out of office is looking like a strong possibility. The once unlikely prospect of a recall making it to the ballot is now starting to look quite likely.

I'd obviously never be accused of supporting Gray Davis. But the time to speak out against him was in last November's election when a solid conservative like Bill Simon was the Republican challenger.

I believe I'm one of the few conservative voices on the radio in America today who doesn't instinctively "play politics" over an issue like this one. Sure, it sounds great to be able to recall a liberal Democrat when the election doesn't go our way. But do we really want the system to work that way?

And if Republicans can do it, how long will it take wealthy Democrats (think Barbra Streisand) to fund a similiar effort toward Republicans they don't like?

A recall campaign should become realistic only when an elected official breaks the law or commits an egregious act while in office. I don't think that being a weak-kneed, wimpy excuse of a politician like Gray Davis should be grounds for a recall. Californians said they wanted him – twice. They should be stuck with him.

Besides, there are real practical political implications here. Sen. Dianne "I'm embarrassed by my American flag lapel pin" Feinstein, that looney lib from San Francisco, is being touted as the likely Democratic candidate on the ballot should Davis be recalled.

In a state where Demcrats control every statewide office and both houses of the Legislature, there's no guarantee that a Republican would replace Davis. In a lesser-of-two-evils battle between Gray Davis and Dianne Feinstein, I'm really not sure who wins that one.

Let's go back to the concept of getting people to vote, educating the public on the issues we face, and living – or dying – by our decisions at the voting booth. A recall stinks to high heaven, even if the stench is created by the likes of a terrible governor like Gray Davis.

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