Thursday, August 14, 2003
More on Tapped: Now I know why I don't read Tapped that often -- I don't have the hours in the day to spend on much of this drivel.
SCHWARZENEGGER'S GAMBIT. Tapped should be clear about our basic position on the California election: California voters wanted a stupid recall provision in their state laws, and some of California's voters wanted to dump the current guv. If California's voters are also dumb enough to elect Arnold Schwarzenegger, they will get, as journalist Martin Walker once wrote of Bill Clinton and the Boomers, the governor they deserve.
Why is this comment interesting? Well, first there's the issue of where blame should be allocated.
California voters wanted a stupid recall provision in their state laws...
The mechanism for recall was put into the state Constitution in 1911 as part of progressive reform measures.
Complaining about this makes...(liberals/conservatives) ... liberals look stupid.
Also, all of the stupid individuals responsible for this mechanism are dead. How does that make living Californians look bad?
and some of California's voters wanted to dump the current guv
Well, according to Gallup, 64 percent want to dump the "current guv," including 40 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of self-described "liberals!"
Where are we going with this?
If California's voters are also dumb enough to elect Arnold Schwarzenegger, they will get, as journalist Martin Walker once wrote of Bill Clinton and the Boomers, the governor they deserve.
Ahh! California voters are stupid! I should have guessed -- of course, what does that mean? California is one of the, if not the, most liberal states in the country. In the last election, Gore got 53.45 percent of the popular vote to George W. Bush's 41.65 percent. Ralph Nader, also on the liberal side of the spectrum got 3.82 percent.
According to these rankings based on House and Senate voting records, California is either the 7th most liberal state (Senate) or 13th (House).
So, California is liberal and stupid!
Tapped also makes this curious statement:
Where's the beef?" worked for Walter Mondale. It can work for Gray Davis (or Cruz Bustamente). Time for a reprise of "Where's the beef?"
This is amusing. It "worked" for Mondale in the Democratic primary, but he got his butt kicked in the general election. So it obviously didn't "work" all that well.