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California liberals flunking first duty of government

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11.08.2021

Will Gavin Newsom be the second Democratic California governor to be recalled and removed from office in this (or the last) century? Polls suggest that’s one possible result of next month’s recall election.

If so, it would be a startling result. We have just seen the second consecutive Democratic elected governor of heavily Democratic (61% Biden) New York, in both cases for alleged sexual misconduct. It would be more politically significant for a second consecutive Democratic elected governor of an even more heavily Democratic (63% Biden) California to get the boot for policy reasons.

Gray Davis, the governor who was recalled in 2003, had entered office determined to hold in check the hyperliberal heavily Democratic legislature. But overspending got through anyway, and he backed driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. Also, he was hurt by electricity blackouts caused by a botched deregulation system he had no part in creating.

Newsom’s problems have a similar ring. He was elected in 2018 with 62 percent of the vote, the strongest showing since Earl Warren won his third term with 65 percent in 1950. Polls last spring showed just 36 to 40 percent favoring recall, much like the 2018 result. But the most recent three polls this summer show........

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