Archive for the ‘California Recall 2003’ Category

Looking for work

Saturday, April 10th, 2004

Just saw the new Gray Davis Yahoo ad. Heh. Pretty funny stuff. More here.

Hasta la vista, cramps

Saturday, April 10th, 2004

Ahhnold, the Governator, saved a swimmer in Hawaii. No, really.

Also-ran update

Wednesday, October 8th, 2003

With 97.9% of the precincts reporting, Larry Flynt is leading Gary Coleman in a tight battle for seventh place, 14,968 (0.3%) to 12,415 (0.2%). But if you combine Larry Flynt’s vote with Mary Carey’s vote, you get a combined “porn vote” of 24,643 — good enough for sixth place. :)

Interestingly, the total number of votes for Arnold (3,529,388) is just barely ahead of the total number of “No” votes on the recall question, i.e., votes “for” Gray Davis (3,466,233).

Not exactly a fair comparison, nor a relevant one to the actual outcome, of course — but a comparison that the anti-Arnold would no doubt make if the “No” figure came out on top. It will be interesting to see if the final 2.1% of precincts, plus any late absentee returns, change that outcome.

A good start

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

Arnold’s victory speech was good, I thought. He tried to reach across party lines, promote unity, etc. The key line was “For the people to win, politics as usual must lose.” Of course, making a speech is easy; governing is hard. (As InstaPundit says, “Congrats, Arnold. Now all you have to do is govern the most ungovernable state in America!”) But he’s off to a good start, at least.

If Governor Schwarzenegger backs up his bipartisan words with bipartisan actions once in office, it will be interesting to see if California’s liberals — the folks who were booing during Davis’s concession — will take his hand of cooperation, or spurn it because they hate him and consider him illegitimate, just as they do with Bush. (Bush, of course, has not backed up his “uniter, not a divider” rhetoric with actions. Let’s hope Arnold does better. And if he does, let’s hope liberals don’t thwart him out of spite.)

Andrew Sullivan says this is “a potentially excellent development for the state of California, for punishing a certain type of interest-group-beholden Democrat, and really, really good news for the future of the Republican party nationally.”

The Drudge Report, meanwhile, declares simply, “CALEEEEEFORNEEEEA, HERE HE COMES!” Heh.

What about the also-rans?

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

“Enough about Arnold, Gray, and Cruz!” you say. “How is Gary Coleman doing?” is here to give you the answer!

With 33.5% of the precincts reporting, Coleman is in tenth place with 3,325 votes (0.2%), just ahead of porn star Mary Cook (a.k.a. “Mary Carey”), who has 2,872 (also 0.2%) votes for eleventh place.

Who else is in the Top 10, you ask? Well, after Schwarzenegger (1,330,992 votes, 50.3%), of course there’s the top tier: Bustamante (805,829, 30.5%), conservative Republican Tom McClintock (343,728, 13.0%), Green Party candidate Peter Camejo (58,809, 2.3%), dropped-out independent Arianna Huffington (26,310, 1.0%), and dropped-out Republican Peter Ueberroth (10,204, 0.4%).

Nothing too nutty there. But then in seventh place we have Hustler publisher Larry Flynt (4,913, 0.2%). Woohoo! :) Let’s hear it for California’s porn obsession!

Dropped-out conservative Republican and 2002 gubernatorial loser Bill Simon is eighth (3,842, 0.2%). But then comes my favorite: the ninth-place finisher, George B. Schwartzman, an independent whose 3,701 votes probably came mostly from confused voters who saw “Schwartz…” and thought they were voting for Arnold!!!

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Sore losers

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

Jeez — what’s the matter with these Gray Davis supporters? He’s trying to be gracious in his concession speech, yet they’re vociferously booing Schwarzenegger’s name, booing when he says “in the next few weeks, we will have a new governor,” even crying “NO!” when he says he accepts the result! What do they want Davis to do? Surround himself with National Guard troops in Sacramento and declare himself Governor for Life?

Honestly! Have these people no respect for the concepts of democracy and the rule of law? Have they never heard of graciously accepting defeat, in the interests of a peaceful democratic transition? We can disagree over the result, we can even disagree over the process, but the process is very clear under the law, and unless and until it’s changed, the law is the law — and under the law, the people have spoken clearly, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is clearly the governor-elect. Do they disagree with that somehow?

Hasta la Vista, Davis

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003
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Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

I just got an email from ABC7 in L.A. — they project recall succeeds & Arnold wins.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

I just landed at LaGuardia. It’s Cubs 6, Marlins 6, in the bottom of the eighth. California polls close in a few minutes. Suspense all around!

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

On plane. Game still 5-4. Exit polls show 83% of Calif. voters say they made up their minds a month or more ago.

Arnold wins, says Drudge

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

I’m at an airport Internet terminal that charges $5 for the first five minutes, so very quickly…

Confirming my dad’s reading of the TV tea leaves, InstaPundit reports that the Drudge Report says “exit polls show big wins for Arnold and the recall.”

I can’t get on Drudge itself, presumably because of heavy traffic, but feel free to try for yourself and see if you have better luck.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

Cubs 0, Marlins 0, first inning. No “score” yet in California, of course, but Dad says TV pundits convey an “inexplicit but clear” belief that Arnold will win, based (presumably) on unspoken but known exit poll results. In other news, I am in Philly.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

USA Today reports that Jon Stewart will provide live coverage of the California results on Comedy Central. It’s called “Redecision 2003.” Starts when the polls close. Heh.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

Dad says TV pundits speculate that massive absentee vote means Davis must win election-day tally by a wide margin to survive. Meanwhile, I am on board plane in Phoenix, bound for Philly, due to land at 8:34 EDT.