Everyone knows that Ahnold is made of pure teflon, and that none of his blunders will damage his popularity.
So far, everyone has been right. But all things have an end, and perhaps the Gubernator’s Reign of Error may be among them.
It turns out that — surprise!— you can’t actually cure a $10B budget shortfall with $3B worth of tax cuts plus a lot of dishonest accounting. And, since he lacks the leadership skills or the guts to force a tax increase through, the Guv is going to propose drastic budget cuts, some of which — including releasing 22,000 prisoners and reducing parole supervision — are likely to annoy his Republican base, while others, especially cuts in education, will enrage the Democrats. And I don’t think even the California electorate can be talked into the notion that this is just unpredictable fallout from the housing crunch. Even if they could be, they’re likely to be in a foul mood in November, and it shouldn’t be hard to focus some of that fury on the tallest thing on the California political horizon.
So, sauce for the goose being sauce for the gander, why not recall the so-and-so?
It turns out to be possible to solicit petition signatures over the Internet, which makes the project affordable. And if the petition were timed to put the election next November, when the Democratic Presidential candidate figures to carry the state by at least ten or twelve points, there’s a reasonable shot at getting rid of him, and maybe putting into office the sort of Democrat who wouldn’t win a Democratic primary but might govern competently and honestly: Leon Panetta, for example.
Now, this is the sort of harebrained scheme I often come up with, and generally I don’t take such fantasies very seriously. But I can say with confidence that there’s a serious effort by some big-league players, albeit an effort that has so far flown entirely under the radar screen, to make this happen. Really and truly, California can’t afford — fiscally or otherwise — three more years of misrule.
I’d be interested in your thoughts. mark (at) samefacts (dot) com will reach me.