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After the embarrassing recall results, maybe now California Republicans will wise up

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15.09.2021

Not so long ago in California, a criminally minded admissions counselor named Rick Singer found a “side door” into prestigious universities for wealthy parents seeking sure-thing admission for their progeny. His scam: Fake the kids’ athletic credentials, then bribe college coaches to smuggle them into the likes of Stanford University and the University of Southern California. It worked — until prosecutors figured out what was going on.

The side-door approach is one way to view California Republicans’ failed attempt to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in Tuesday’s recall vote. The maneuver worked at first — Republicans managed to secure a special election — but then it blew up in their faces with Newsom’s easy victory.

The recall allowed Republican candidates to circumvent at least two normal barriers to elected office.

One is the GOP’s inability to win or place in California’s top-two primary system (in November 2018, four of nine statewide contests didn’t include a Republican alternative). The other is the party’s abject Election Day failures (including the recall referendum, Republicans have now failed in 52 of 53 statewide contests this century that didn’t involve Arnold Schwarzenegger).

Credit Newsom for a smart campaign. He took the threat seriously as polls showed him to be in........

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