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The Recall should be partisan

This Los Angeles Times article outlines Schwarzenegger’s moves toward a transition team that is "diverse." That is, it includes everyone from right to left (well, almost everyone, it doesn’t include McClintock, for example). It would seem to be non-partisan. John Zvesper explains an important point about the idea of the recall, and how the Founders thought through the idea. He examines the politics of the 1790’s and shows that the populism created then (in effect a recall against Hamilton)--a more direct and partisan appeal to the people--could be a good thing if it is partisan. Zvesper says: "The American party system has been from its outset a way for (in Madison’s words) ’the great body of the people’ to ’interpose a common manifestation of their sentiments.’"

"From this point of view, what is suspect about the recall is not that it gives public opinion a more direct and immediate influence on government, but that it is too candidate-centered, and too neglectful of the energy and the constraints that political parties can bring to government. What the Founders would object to about the recall is not its populist aspect but its non-partisan aspect. Recall contests bring to the center of public attention not political parties, with their shared ideals and memories, but individual candidates. The recall makes it possible to remove untrustworthy officials and to replace them with more trustworthy-looking candidates, but that is actually less populistic than party-centered elections. In a recall based on comparative trustworthiness, the people give their trust to the newly-elected official, and lay down fewer guidelines for official conduct and fewer criteria for future accountability than they would in a more partisan election. Political parties are still there the morning after, providing a large target to be rewarded or punished by the electorate’s judgement of their performance in office. " Maybe this could be brought to Governor-elect Schwarzenegger’s attention.

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"This Los Angeles Times article outlines Schwarzenegger’s moves toward a transition team that is "diverse." That is, it includes everyone from right to left (well, almost everyone, it doesn’t include McClintock, for example). It would seem to be non-partisan."

Shazaaaam!

"Not every political perspective will be represented on the transition team. Although Schwarzenegger invited aboard Simon, who endorsed his candidacy after dropping out of the election, he did not extend a welcome to state Sen. Tom McClintock, the only other prominent Republican who remained in the race on election day.

"The incoming governor instead selected Beth Rogers, a Carpinteria farmer and businesswoman who has expressed interest in challenging McClintock for his Senate seat next year."

Those showing how really SMALL the "Big Guy" is! Apparently "Conan’s" idea of "diverse" and "Big Tent" doesn’t extend to REAL conservative Republicans. In his mind the "way to make friends and influence people" is to support their potential future political foes. Sounds like he learned a lot more from Hitler (and the Kennedys) than he lets on! It appears that Arnie’s big plan for the future of California is to alienate the State’s Republican Party from its conservative base. No question about it - this guy is really re-defining the term - "moderate"! Ever notice how Democrat "moderates" are identified in the unbiased "media" as "conservatives" and how "leftist" Republicans are pegged as "moderates"? Go figure!

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