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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The populist politics that may eject Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, a Democrat, from office before his term is out are more than a century old.

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...Progressive reformers took power in California in 1911 promising, in the words of then newly elected Gov. Hiram Johnson, to restore "the people's rule" and destroy "the former political master of this state," the Southern Pacific Railroad.

As part of their program, the progressives convinced voters to enact the initiative and referendum, promising that those electoral tools would prevent private interests from ever again subverting the people's will. They also enshrined in the state Constitution "an admonitory and precautionary measure which will ever be present before weak officials,": the recall.

Though they worked to strengthen democracy, the well-meaning reformers created a weapon that, one hundred years later, could be wielded by an aggrieved minority to thwart the will of the people whom turn-of-the-century progressives aimed to protect. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-18 01:21 PM | Reply

Paywall and I don't subscribe to the NYT...

I don't see it as likely. First they would have to eject him. Then there would to be no good Dem candidate running and finally it would have to be a moderate Republican - a Schwarzenegger - and not a GQP Trumpist.

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-08-18 02:08 PM | Reply

@#2

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#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-18 02:18 PM | Reply

First they would have to eject him. Then there would to be no good Dem candidate running and finally it would have to be a moderate Republican - a Schwarzenegger - and not a GQP Trumpist.

Unfortunately. Based on a lot of articles I've been reading. This isn't the case.

The ballot has two questions.

Should Newsom be recalled? YES or NO

If not enough people choose NO, the governor automatically becomes the candidate who received the most votes in question number 2.

Question two is a list of a few dozen names to choose from.

Current favorite? Larry Elder.

Who is Larry Elder? A hard core Trumper radio host. So. A talker. Like most Trumpers seem to be.

As far as "no other good Dems running."

There aren't. This is due to a gamble Newsom is taking.

There was an article I was reading a few days ago.

Newsom didn't want to provide a strong backup Democratic candidate in fear of losing democratic voters who may vote to recall in hopes of getting another democratic governor. (Splitting the vote)

All in all. This one isn't as clear cut as it should be.

Democrats have poor performances during midterms and special elections.

If Republicans can get more voters into booths. They win.

Even without a majority vote.

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-08-18 02:31 PM | Reply

A chart showing the polling averages since July 14 for whether to keep California Gov. Gavin Newsom in office or remove him, with dots representing each poll. "Keep" is polling at an average of 48.8 percent, and "Remove" is polling at an average of 47.6 percent.

projects.fivethirtyeight.com


It really shouldn't be this close.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-08-18 06:35 PM | Reply

Larry Elder talks like he's got a mouthful of marbles. The only reason he got his radio gig was he played the right-wing nutjob house ni**er.

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-18 07:21 PM | Reply

Oooo ...

Ummmm ...

Hmmm ...

Yikes.

#7 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-08-18 07:54 PM | Reply

4 He's also a Brown University graduate and an attorney, which is in line with a "typical" California Republican politician.

Have you heard of Jesse Lee Peterson? He's a preacher with a church on Pico (I think). He interviewed Elder on YouTube. I used to go to a rad Ethiopian restaurant on Pico, right across from my barbershop and the Socialist Party HQ. Cool neighborhood, but I don't know how far away that all is from the church house. It's been 30 years. Pico is a long stretch, as I recall.

Anyway, the legislature is monolithically Dem, so Elder will mostly be working within the limitations of executive orders. Not a lot will change.

#8 | Posted by Karabekian at 2021-08-18 08:26 PM | Reply

Elder will mostly be working within the limitations of executive orders. Not a lot will change.

Depends on what the executive orders are.

I don't doubt for a moment Republicans would take every advantage the laws provide them.

Also. Unlike states where Republican legislators have crippled the Governorship once a Democrat got elected. He would have a lot of power and control over the state.

He'll probably find most the roadblocks coming from the courts.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-08-18 08:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No, lazy ------- like Elder deserve to die in obscurity, not be celebrated because they're lazy -------.

#10 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-19 10:34 AM | Reply

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