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Thursday, August 14, 2003


Dean opposes California recall; Dems united against recall

posted by annatopia at Thursday, August 14, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Just a quick blurb via google news...
"It sounds to me like an attempt by the Republicans to reverse the results of an election, which they have a habit of doing," former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said. He said he didn't know enough about California politics to support an alternative to Davis.

That sounds pretty fair to me. For those of us who don't live in California, it's difficult to fully comprehend the situation. Most of us don't know the history (other than the short-term stuff like the energy crisis and the fact that Cali's budget is as screwed up as every other state), but we do know a power grab when we see it.
The Democratic contenders are united in opposing the recall. Kerry, Edwards, Mosely-Braun, Kucinich, and Sharpton (no word from Gephardt or Graham that I could find) all oppose the recall and have decided not to back an alternative candidate.
Only Lieberman has come out in support of an alternative, who coincidentally is Lieberman's top backer in California. You know what I'm talking about. It's the same kind of coincidence that led DLC chair and paid Lieberman consultant Al From to issue a few memos attacking Dean. Joe, please don't make me take the gloves off. You won't like me with the gloves off...


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