HubcapDave, on Sep 24 2003, 12:39 PM, said:
Rhea, on Sep 24 2003, 10:01 AM, said:
What Ro said. If the majority of the people soliciting signatures for the recall had been folks like Kimmer, then I would have believed it was genuine grassroots effort rather than a bankrolled power play. Instead, they were non-residents bussed in from out of state.
Generally speaking, most of the folks out soliciting signatures for petitions in MY area, at least, are not generally paid to do it - they volunteer their time, and I often actually know them. THAT is a genuine effort.
Again, however the signatures were collected doesn't really matter. It mattrers that the signatures were collected!
What does not get mentioned in all this is Davis' effort to hire up all the companies who collect signatures in the state to thwart the efforts in the first place. You don't think that didn't have an effect on the recall effort "bussing in" signature gatherers? But I digress.
The simple fact of that matter is that in excess of 1.5 million votes were collected to initiate the recall, twice what was needed to initiate the recall.
It may not matter to you, but it matters to me. To me, this whole recall this is a good example of how you can buy absolutely anything if you throw enough $$ at it.
I guess Darryl Issa has learned that while big bucks can buy you a recall, they can't necessarily buy you a governership.
This is no way impugns the motives of the people like Mac and Kimmer who signed out of conviction. What it does impugn is the motive of a man who would give close to 2 million bucks in the hope of being governor himself in the end.
Plus, this election is a joke anyway. IIRC we could end up with a new governor who only got 15% of the vote.
That to me is sheer lunacy. I'd prefer an honest election and a governor elected by a majority of the people in this state (oh, wait, we had that this past year!
) I am not by any means a fan of Gray Davis, but a majority of the people in this state voted him back into office, and as far as I'm concerned, like it or not, that should have been the end of it.
And just to give you an idea of exactly what Darryl Issa and the recall hath wrought, three Sonoma county council members got handed recall petitions this week because Indian gaming is being considered in that county, and two of them didn't support the stupid Indian gaming in the first place! Recall mania, indeed! I suspect that a potential recall will be a bludgeon poised over the head of every governor from here on out, regardless of party.
Edited by Rhea, 24 September 2003 - 03:20 PM.