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The recall is on again

Here is the full Ninth Circuit decision. It’s unanimous (despite the vast majority of the judges being Democratic appointees) and they harken back, simplyt and correctly to the California constitution. Good call. Now we have two weeks left. The odds are still that Davis will be out; the only real question is whether Bustamante will win because the republicans split the vote between Arnold and McClintock. Weaker odds have it that either Arnold or McClintock will drop out a few days after the debate, depending on the polls. Wouldn’t it be nice is someone did something unselfish in politics?

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I admit to my surprise on this decision to overturn these three kooks. I had come to firmly believe that there was no possible means by which a liberal could be embarrassed when it comes to holding on to power.

I was at least wrong on that point.

I’ll put my money on this quote: "...McClintock will drop out..."

"...McClintock will drop out..."

"His Momentum Climbing, McClintock Ignores Calls to Leave Race McClintock Ignores Clamor to Quit" By: James Rainey and Daryl Kelley - 9/24/2003

McClintock, 47, normally holds his narrow lips pressed tightly together. But, asked about the throng that greeted him enthusiastically at an anti-car-tax rally in Anaheim last Thursday, he broke into a wide smile and conceded: "It felt good."

"The emotion in people’s eyes was very real," he went on. "It’s something I’ve never seen in politics. It’s people not just caring but riveted on the future. It really is democracy coming alive."

McClintock repeated again Tuesday that he is long past the point of leaving the race, having committed to thousands of donors and supporters to stay the course.

"I made a promise when I entered this race that I would be in it to the finish line," he said, "and I keep my promises."

You must be thinking of Arnie "the Chickenman" Schwarzenegger.

More the McClintock "dropout"!

Schwarzenegger’s increasingly contentious stance seems to only confirm to McClintock that he is scoring points, especially on days like the one late last week when he visited conservative radio talk show hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, who had gathered hundreds of supporters in an Anaheim hotel to sign petitions to abolish the state’s car tax.

The raucous crowd cheered McClintock as he derided the tax as one of the worst on the books. As he worked a line of hundreds of fans who waited to sign petitions and meet the hosts of the "John & Ken Show" on KFI-AM (640), many urged him to "hang in there" and "keep going."

They said they were upset, not just by the tripling of the car tax but by other issues, including Davis’ recent signing of a bill allowing illegal immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses.

Kristen Scott, a 21-year-old in blond dreadlocks and a "Mommy’s Little Monster" T-shirt, said she was sick and tired of illegal immigrants from Mexico getting special treatment, including junior college admission and tuition aid.

"They break the law and they get rewarded. What is that?" Scott said. "I think he is the one candidate who would do something."

To those who wanted to know how he would govern with all those Democrats controlling the Legislature, McClintock said he would simply send crucial measures — reversing the driver’s license law and reforming worker’s compensation — straight to the voters in the form of referendums.

That seemed to be good enough for many at the rally. Several told the candidate they had been backing Schwarzenegger but were switching allegiances.

McClintock said he thinks a lot of voters may finally be coming around to views he has espoused for 20 years. And no celebrity is going to push him aside now.

"If the most qualified candidate has to step aside every time a millionaire casts a lonely eye on a public office, then we’ve lost something very important in our democracy," he said. "This isn’t a lark for me; it’s what I’ve devoted my entire adult life to achieve for my state. And we’ve now reached a time when those reforms can no longer be postponed."

It doesn’t really sound like McClintock will concede anything to "Conan, the Chickenman"!

How could McClintock "drop-out" and support someone "Conan" who is afraid to face an open debate on the issues. If Arnie really was a "Terminator" he would agree to a "head-to-debate" with McClintock on the issues and the "heart and soul" of the Republican Party.

Cheers, for you and McClintock, Mr. Lang! I like the guy too. I’m no Californian, but I do know that when push comes to shove I would’ve voted for any Republican (save a few I suppose) to keep Gore from being the one that dealt with 9/11. Know what I mean? That state is in dire straights these daze. They need anybody but Davis or Cruz B.

Btw, I just heard on Fox that McClintock is takin’ money from the casino guys, who seem to be playin’ both sides. Arnie is not. Does that make the latter more principled? Or is Tom more politically saavy than Arnie?

"I’m no Californian, but I do know that when push comes to shove I would’ve voted for any Republican (save a few I suppose) to keep Gore from being the one that dealt with 9/11. Know what I mean? That state is in dire straights these daze. They need anybody but Davis or Cruz B."

Really, just what is about "Conan’s" Fiscal Plan for California that provides you comfort that the State’s governmental malfesience will be brought to end under his direction. Personally, I think even Algore would have done a better job on 9/11 than would say "Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords. Arnie seems to be a Jim Jeffords wanna be.

"Btw, I just heard on Fox that McClintock is takin’ money from the casino guys, who seem to be playin’ both sides. Arnie is not. Does that make the latter more principled? Or is Tom more politically saavy than Arnie? "

The truth is that Arnie also accepted Indian Casino cash for his Proposition on how to spend more California Education money that the State doesn’t have. I suppose it is a case of whose the pot and whose the kettle and just who is calling who "black". As for being principled, I don’t think anyone who would violate his OATH of citizenship, by retaining his Austrian citizenship could qualify as "principled". Of course, you might have a much lower "principled" thresshold than I do. In any event, for "Conan, the Barbarian", being a Hollywood millionaire, it is easy to be picky in selecting his contributors. Besides, he can always fall back on his connections to the Kennedy fortune. BTW, when he entered the race I thought he was going to finance it all himself. Well, I suppose you can be TOO "principled", at least the Austrian candidate must think so.

The only sin in accepting Indian Casino money occurred when the "Cruzer" cheated by moving some $4 million in Indian cash from one campaign account to his account for his run for the Gobierno Del "Estado de Parte Superior California". I don’t think anyone has said that it was either immoral or illegal to accept Indian Casino campaign contributions. McClintock, BTW, has been a supporter of Indian sovereignty since 1980. It is the kind of thing someone who has read and believes in the Constitution of the United States of America would support.

I believe McClintock accepted $60,000 from Indian Casino interests. Kindly explain how $4 million vs. $60,000 equals "playin’ both sides".

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