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California politics

2003-08-09 21:00:51.618969+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

In linking to Xeney looking at some of the law behind the recall, Medley says:

I'm so depressed at how the Republican party is corrupting our democracy every chance they get and aghast at what a circus the politics of the state of California (whose economy is larger than that of many nations) is becoming.

Nope, it's been this way for a long time. California is a schizophrenic state, with at least three distinct regions that have three completely different sets of politics, and those politics don't map cleanly onto a two party system. The primary process is such that the electable candidates from either party don't actually make it to the final election, and our dependence on ballot initiatives means that our legislature gets overruled and second guessed to the point where they just don't try any more.

And yes, parts of our political system are completely beholden to Hollywood, but it's the bits that are aligned with the wacko wing of the Republican Party.

So a rundown of my favorites:

Yes, I'm taking this lightly. It's government, and it's government without much of an armed force to back it up, so it's hard to take it seriously. I'd love to see Larry Flynt in there because of the candidates I think he's the one with the most good ideas and the most experience, but I also understand that he won't have a mandate to actually do anything, so it'll be a novelty governorship. But even if Davis avoids the recall it'll be a novelty anyway, better that we should descend into postmodern self-parody and start citizens thinking about politics than that we should continue this farce we've got going.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: California politics made: 2003-08-10 00:36:47.920301+00 by: mkelley

It might be a circus, but calling the republicans the sole cause isn't correct. The last time I looked at the Department of State site (http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/recall_cand.htm) there were more Democrats running than Republicans. Not saying I agree with the circus, but both sides are to blame. Both have that blood lust of power, I just hope someone good will win. Seeing that Riordan dropped out, I don't know who I (if I lived out there) would vote for.

#Comment Re: [Entry #6416] Re: California politics made: 2003-08-10 01:06:03.694471+00 by: Dan Lyke

The Republicans are the root cause because they were the ones who rammed through the recall petition. That takes bucks and organization. The resulting mess is... well... that's a symptom of how California politics is just wacked.

Yeah, Riordan was actually someone I'd vote for, I think that his pulling out of the race is a sign of political maturity; every serious candidate understands that winning this will make you a novelty governor, open to attack come the next election.

#Comment Re: California politics made: 2003-08-10 19:50:41.653698+00 by: dws

No doubt going for the geek vote, Georgy was at Dana Street Coffee Roasting in Mountain View a few days ago, collecting signatures. Note the book in this pic.

#Comment Re: California politics made: 2003-08-10 19:59:52.818278+00 by: John Anderson

book, schmook, check out the Kinesis keyboard.

#Comment Re: California politics made: 2003-08-11 02:01:29.930559+00 by: Dori [edit history]

Hey, what about Don Novello? Yes, he's running too. Seems to me like he'd be on your list of guys worth voting for.

#Comment Re: California politics made: 2003-08-11 16:39:05.16273+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yow! We've got a serious embarassment of riches. Too bad our regular elections don't have this many electable candidates.

Speaking of regular elections, I noted in that column that Arianna Huffington is going after Ahnuld:

When the bodybuilder-turned-actor emerged, Huffington knocked over a stand of microphones in her rush to upstage him. She promised more political histrionics along the campaign trail.

"It's going to be guerrilla politics, absolutely," said Huffington. "I will be doing whatever it takes, and that involves ... making the differences between Arnold and myself clear on every issue.

Uhhh... Except for the fact that I think they'd both kick my ass in a bar fight, did anyone think there were any similarities between Huffington and Ahnuld? How dumb does she think her potential constituency is?