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Gray Davis’s fate

In response to Steve Hayward’s and Mickey Craig’s posts on recalling Gray Davis: While I prefer the Gray Davis resignation scenario, my own prediction is that Senator Dianne Feinstein will become Governor Feinstein and appoint an Hispanic as her successor in the Senate. This tactic could be Terminated, of course.

But a post-recall Democratic victory could prove advantageous to the Republicans. After all, the Democrats would still be responsible, and this time as a party for the budget mess in Sacramento.

Any Republican who got elected would be delegitimized as having gained office through a "stolen election," especially if the winner attained office with fewer popular votes than loser Bill Simon in 2002.

Moreover, election through recall helps fulfil the Progressive agenda of transforming our form of government into something more like the parliamentary system, where the principle of consent expresses itself through the impulses of the electorate. The opportunities for statesmanship are diminished, and the bureaucracy whose foundations were established by Progressivism lies undisturbed.

Even in defeat and following further Democrat failures in Sacramento, Republicans would have the opportunity of blaming the entire Democratic party, not the craven politics of Gray Davis, who embarasses most Democrats. Democrats of course would try to claim a mandate to reform the budget crisis through tax increases and pander on moral issues. That is the gamble Californians take on recalling Gray Davis, the enemy we know.

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