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Friday, August 08, 2003


CA Recall and the White House

posted by Trammell at Friday, August 08, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
As I've noted in a much longer post over at Points West, Dems that were once hopeful hopeful Senator Diane Feinstein would run as a "safety net" on the California recall ballot are fast becoming furious that she's refusing to do so now. And, it's not just about the future of the state, but the future of the nation. The Dems chances of taking back the White House diminish if the recall of Governor Gray Davis is successful and he is replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger. He will campaign relentlessly for George Bush, and force the Dem nominee -- hopefully, Dean -- to spend resources in the state that could otherwise be used in key battlgorund states. If you think he can't win, think again.

Diane Feinstein could short-circuit that immediately by putting her name on the ballot, thereby clearing the field of other Dems. If George Bush, with Arnold's help, eeks out a victory in California, Diane's place in history will be toast. Please, if you agree use this link to contact Senator Feinstein and ask her to continue her opposition to the recall but to please put her name on the ballot. The deadline is this Saturday, and the odds in this gamble are too great, and there is far too much at stake! UPDATE: Some pundits think it's better for Bush to have an unpopular Davis remain in office to kick around. This scenario would require Schwarzenegger to become as unpopular as Davis to be good for Dems, which seems unlikely to me, and must respectfully disagree. UPDATE II: Eidted post to say "Please, if you agree, use this link to contact Feinstein..." which I should have said in the first place. Sorry about that.


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