August 10, 2003
RUNNING DOWN THE CANDIDATES....The LA Times, being the paper of local record that it is, has procured statements from most of the candidates for governor. A sampling:
Winner of the "Sign from God" Award:
Howard Allen Gershater, owner of two hearing aid stores
If I'm supposed to run for this office, please let there be some
sign....At that very instant, this giant comet streaks across the sky
and the comet is as bright as can be for five seconds....OK, thank you, I
got the message.
Winner of the Karen Drum "How Come Single People Never Get Anything?" Award:
Richard Gosse, educator
"Fairness for singles" — that's my platform....Someone has to stand up
for the 34% of the population that is single and neglected by the
Winner of the "Obviously Not Paying Attention to California Politics" Award:
Joe Guzzardi, adult education teacher
I'm running because I'm very disappointed. In the 15 or so years since I
returned to California, no politicians have been willing to discuss the
impact of illegal immigration on California....
Winner of the "Making the Best of No Qualifications" Award:
David Kessinger, paralegal
I'm good at balancing the budget. I live relatively comfortably on $10,000 a year.
Winner of the Richard Nixon Memorial "I Have A Secret Plan" Award:
Shu Yih Liu, CEO of Stuttz automobile company
California has list its chi — its aura — and I have the solution.
As soon as I am in the position to do so, I will announce plan to
solve the problems in California.
Winner of the "Oh, That's Federal Law?" Award:
B.E. Smith, disabled veteran
I would like to stop the war on drugs. If I get elected I will pardon all people convicted in California under drug laws....
Winner of the "Eternal Optimism" Award:
Mathilda Karel Spak, hopsital volunteer
With my experience at [nearly] 101 years old, I can outlive all of them.
I have to admit that Guzzardi is my favorite. No one
in California has been discussing the impact of illegal immigration?
Has this guy been living under a rock?
On the other hand, it turns out that Irvine has its very own
candidate too: Iris Adam of the Natural Law Party, who wants to infuse
"coherent consciousness" into the political process. She's got my vote.
Posted by Kevin Drum at August 10, 2003 10:16 AM
I have to be amused by Kelly Kimball, the beer company guy, who says:
"You've got guys like us who will run for governor simply to exploit a
product -- it appears now that is what this system will allow."
Thank you, Darrell Issa, for the business opportunities you have
wrought. But I wish you wouldn't have made my state a chaotic mess in
Um, yeah. Has Guzzardi never heard of prop 189 (or whatever number it was)?
I was hoping for a candidate called Millie Treehuntah from the Banana Republican Party.
Looking at it some more, I see we have one candidate from my home
town of Redding, and that, suprisingly for the area (which is very
conservative), he's a Green.
He's been involved with a lot of the protests with Knauf Fiberglass.
How this qualifies him for governor, I don't know, but hey, shoutout to
Ivan Hall for making sure the North State is represented.
(Oh yeah, and the other North State candidate is Edward T. Kennedy of Weaverville, I'm wondering if he's playing on his name...)
Yes, there are federal drug laws, so the governor of California can't
"end the drug war." But the vast bulk of drug-law violators in prison
are in state prisons; California has about 40,000 people behind bars for
drug sale. If the states stopped enforcing the drug laws, prohibition
at the national level couldn't survive, in practical terms, for long.
As it happens, I don't think that 'ending the drug war' is good
policy, but it's not true that federal law takes the issue entirely off
the state agenda.
Well, the democrats have their strategy for defeating Arnold, and you saw it if you watched "This Week:"
They are going to tie Arnold to the extremists (read: 60% of the
voters) who voted in favor of Prop 187. All because he supported Pete
ilson for governor, and now Pete Wilson supports him.
Kausfiles is talking up Guzzardi and the immigration issue, although
Kaus so far has missed the fact that Guzzardi appears to have slept
through everything surrounding Prop 187 in the past decade (it passed in
And who is the Ferrets Rights candidate?
Can New Mexicans say "Only in California..."
Thanks for the levity.
But will someone tell me why the damn utility contracts must be
honored when they were a part of the intense market manipulation, fraud
and corruption by Enron? Why isn't Ca. suing the hell out of all the
I believe Wozniak is the ferret candidate. Isn't it wonderful that,thanks to the internet, I know such valuable information?
Tying Arnold to 187 isn't a bad strategy. Certainly part of the
Democratic strategy for this year and beyond is to remain strong with
the Hispanic vote, and get large numbers of minority voters to turn out.
That will be particularly true in this election, where the candidate
of the party establishment is a Hispanic.
And incidentally, what do you expect them to say about Arnold? You'd
get pissed off if they started talking about his rather colorful past.
They can't talk about his positions on the issues because he hasn't got
any. Can't talk about his public record, same story. So why not go on
his endorsement of a past unpopular politician?
Despite passing by a wide margin, Prop. 187 was gutted by the combined efforts of Gray Davis, the courts, and, some say, Mexico.
As for paying attention to immigration matters, most of what I see
from the popular media and politicians is usually pandering or
platitudes. For just one of many examples I could give, one would tend
to think that Mexican consuls attending local city council meetings to
get pro-illegal-immigration laws passed would get some kind of
attention, no? Where are the investigative reports on that?
Guzzardi is also a columnist, and he has more to say here. Please tell me how he's wrong about this being an ignored subject (save for platitudes and pandering), giving examples.
My recall predictions and further rants:
Gray Davis defeats recall.
Cruz Bustamonte wins plurality.
Why this still contrarian position? Because my gut is that more
pissed off union-oriented and culturally-liberal Democrats than pissed
off Republicans are going to vote in the recall election. Independents
still lean Democratic Party in this state and may become more nervous
with any Devil one does not know.
The registered voters who signed petitions in Target are less likely
to vote than regulars, even with media coverage. And if they do, the
signers are highly volatile and not a cohesive group. For example, some
quoted during the petition signing were upset with Gray Davis for not
spending MORE on education! As things get closer, they may say, "Hey!
Wait a minute." Thank goodness for secret balloting.
As for Republicans, they better coalesce around someone soon or else
Cruz cruises. If Ah-nold does not learn to answer questions, he will
likely fall. If he shows guts in answering questions, then he could
well beat Gray and Cruz--but more Republican activists than Democratic
ones may be disappointed within days of the "victory."
Top dark horse candidate, Republican or Democrat: Pete Uberroth.
Pete's problem: There are not enough people who know him outside of So
Cal, and in our land of amnesia, not enough know him anymore even within
So Cal. His campaign could be interesting if he puts up serious money
for advertising--which he has lots of. His "I'm only serving out term"
and "I'm not into siding with Dems or Reps without thinking things
through" could be very charming, but within days of gaining momentum, he
too must answer the hard questions of balancing budgets, deciding what
gets cut, who gets taxed, where priorities are, what should be done
about the system of workers compensation, etc.
Me? Cruz is my man because of a process issue rather than any
partisan issue: Voters who claim to support good government must punish
the party who pursued this derailing of normal democratic processes. If
Cruz wins, it will be a just solution. If one doesn't like Davis, and
Davis is recalled, then Cruz should be governor no different than if
Davis resigned or was impeached. That is the way the Cal Supremes
should have at least looked at the issue rather than allow people
accountable to nobody but media outlets run campaigns more with their
tongues in their cheeks than our state's interests in their hearts.
For those Reeps who simply don't care about the sanctity of
elections, then do it for openly partisan reasons: He's a Democrat, and
Republicans "must" oppose Democrats. If any Republicans say anything
about Davis' ineffective leadership regarding California's budget or
economy as a reason for knocking out Davis, then they should also be
looking for vote for another Republican in the 2004 presidential
primaries. Since that won't happen, at least let's call the Republicans
of this sort on their hypocrisy--and, to paraphrase Ann Coulter and
Rush Limbaugh, their treason against our electoral processes with this
Rant and predictions done.
Speaking of the LA Times' profiles of the candidates, it's
interesting to note that Bustmante doesn't have a college degree. One
article I've seen says he was "one course away"
Hmmm, Arnold goes to night school as an adult to get a college degree
because he realizes how important education is in this country and
Bustmante doesn't bother to finish his degree.
And your point, Mr. Olympia?
The only point I see you making is an elitist one. And even then,
you don't seriously want to talk about the successful people who changed
worlds without a college degree, including Bill Gates, do you?
Not to open a discussion of Gates one way or the other, though. God knows there's been alot of that in so many other venues.
My favorite "candidate" in the upcoming "election" is one Leonard
Padilla, who lists his occupation as "Bounty Hunter / Law School
President." You can't make this kind of stuff up (and I happen to know
that Padilla hasn't; he's a bail bondsman in Sacramento, hence the
"bounty hunter" part, and actually does run a law school).
Reality-wise, of course, I'm not voting for Padilla. I'm with
Mitchell Freedman (commenting above) on voting for Bustamante, because
this recall is a farce brought about by rich Republicans unhappy with
having lost the last real election.
East Coast Righty question: Why won't Bustamante get tarred with the
same brush that ruins Davis? Does the Lt. Governor get elected
seperately and thus he's not considered part of the Davis
administration, and thus bears no responsibility for the mess? Any
chance Feinstein reconsiders on a write in basis? Can she win that way?
Thanks in advance for your answers.
this isn't supposed to be elitist, just a comment on the
determination/drive of each earlier in their lives. IMHO, degrees
certainly don't correlate to much more than $ and drive to finish, but I
do think that what with all the talk of Arnold's "qualifications," if
Arnold didn't have a college degree like Bustamante, we'd hear a lot
more about it than a vague one liner buried in a candidate's bio that
could leave you with the impression that the person actually graduated.
I don't even know if the "one course away" statement in some web
article is true, but I'll bet we don't see any LA Times article
spc67 or East Coast Righty:
1. Lt. gov is elected separately in California. If anything, the
relationship between Cruz and Gray was always less than solid--and
sometimes downright cold.
2. Feinstein is highly unlikely to go write-in.
3. Regardless of how many people are running, the race comes down to
Cruz Bustamante, The Arnold, and possibly Peter Uberroth. The other
Republicans such as McClintock and Simon are not a factor except to the
extent they undermine the Arnold or perhaps Uberroth among Republicans.
Arriana does the same to Busamante among Democrats, which is why there will be continued pressure on her to drop out.
One last speculation: Uberroth could also be a spoiler against
Bustamante to a certain extent if the Arnold holds up. It has to do
with nominal Democrats who are more comfortable with less "partisan
Mr. Olympia, I am sure we'll hear more of the lack of a college
degree regarding Bustamante. I can't wait because even more working
folks without a college degree, who are in say unions, will really like
that attack on their abilities. Not.
But tell us, Mr. Olympia, how many Republicans are going to tell us
NOT to vote for a movie star AFTER Bush formally announces his support
for the Arnold? Especially since Republicans have told us not to listen
to movie stars on politics these last two or three years.
Quick, there's Kobe! And over there, Scott Peterson!
I won't hold my breath for the article on Bustmante's college degree
(the hit pieces on Arnold's being only mail order are, I'm sure, already
in the works).
I agree with you, don't vote for movie stars who are only held
accountable by the entertainment media. If they are willing to throw
their hats into the ring or be held accountable by real journalists for
their inane comments then by all means listen to them. It will be quite
Finally, counting on blue collar union workers voting against a macho
guy like Arnold sounds like a strategy sure to win, keep it up!
Feinstein is highly unlikely to go write-in.
According to this Slate piece,
there are no write-ins allowed except for the pointless exception that
you can write in someone whose name already appears on the ballot.
DonBoy, the Slate article is less than clear which led to some
confusion on your part (perfectly understandable unless you've immersed
youself in the elections code). Here is the specific section of the
code the Slate writer was generally referring to (taking out stuff that
doesn't apply to a governor's recall):
11322. In addition to the material contained in Section 11320, the following shall appear on ballots...:
(a) The names of the candidates nominated to succeed the officer
sought to be recalled shall appear under each recall question.
(b) Following each list of candidates, the ballot shall provide one
blank line with a voting space to the right of it for the voter to write
in a name not printed on the ballot.
Notice sub part (b) is talking about who is NOT on the ballot. The
Slate writer uses the word "registered" which has a special meaning
under the code. It means someone who has registered with the California
Secretary of State to be a write in candidate. This is a requirement
elsewhere in the elections code (though I wonder what would happen if a
non-registered write in won an election?).
Also, there is a section in the California Constitution (I believe)
that keeps Davis from running in the election so that even if he won the
plurality, it won't count. That is why Davis wanted to have the
Supreme Court let him have a spot on the ballot, even if he lost on the
recall. There may well be something unseemly about his successor
possibly getting less votes than he got in the recall vote...
So could DiFi run on a write in? Theoretically yes. However, her
current comments make clear she isn't interested. That's why I see it
as highly unlikely.
I just found out that one of the candidates is a former member of a
racial separatist organization. Of course, I don't expect the
Republicans to denounce this person, but hopefully the Democrats will. I
mean, we all know about the Republicans, but aren't we Democrats for
equality and not for ethnic supremacy? Who's with me? More information
at this link.
I dunno, does ending your college career one course shy of a degree
at Cal State Fresno (according to The California Aggie) count for less
than getting a night school degree at an approved-by-Mr.-Olympia school
of continuing education?
It's his role as an education advocate that makes Schwarznegger
strong in this area, which is as it should be. OTOH, Bustamante's
platform last year included support for "more funding for schools to
improve their infrastructure, raising teacher salaries, properly
training teachers and ensuring that students receive updated textbooks."
That's hardly exciting stuff, but it's unobjectionable.
As for blue-collar workers voting against "a macho guy like Arnold,"
it could happen. I suppose it depends on whether or not they see him as
best representing their interests. After all, evangelicals all over the
country voted against "a religious guy like Jimmy Carter" in 1980.
One way or another, Californians are going to end up with a governor who is exactly what they deserve.
I'm sorry, I forgot the link. Hopefully, my fellow Democrats will denounce this person for his past membership in a racial separatist organization.
Kieth, what's the link to the Aggie site? Like I said before i'm not even sure if this "one course shy" is true or just spin.
You are totally right, the union guys could go against Arnold, some,
if not many, definitely will. It's just my guess that a great many also
will vote for him. That alone will be an accomplishment for a
california republican these days.
Those union worker's who were involved in that scuffle saturday with
recall supporters sure looked like guys who had seen a few Arnold
Oh, please, "Concerned."
Hey, look, another attack on Bustamante!
Damn, they must be really afraid of him or something. Don't these durned Mexicans know their place?
(Warning: That link is pretty vile in the sheer intellectual dishonesty of the whole thing.)
Kevin - to my absolute astonishment, some of the other guest bloggers
at CalBlog are praising Guzzardi and calling on Republicans to make an
issue of illegal immigration because that will get the angry electorate
to come out and vote against the Democrats (who everyone knows are
dependant on the votes of illegal illegal immigrant voters). So the meme
would appear to be fairly well established.
Anyway, I guess the Dems are OK with racial separatism. Having been a
member of a group whose slogan is "For La Raza everything. Outside La
Raza nothing" and who think that California and southwest were stolen by
gringo invaders and should be retaken is just A-OK.
Once again, proof that "liberalism" is anything but.
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