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So tell me Tom and looking at the California Gubernatorial Recall election which will decide the fate of Governor Gavin Newsom (D) I’m at a loss to understand how/why here are 9 Democrats standing. One would have thought all they would do is split the vote. Worse for the Republicans. In a State where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2/1 there are 24 Republican candidates.

Are the Republicans so stupid as not to realize their only hope for success is to unite around one candidate?

None so blind as those who cannot see.

Written by The Veteran

July 29, 2021 at 2:58 pm

Posted in USA

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  1. Veteran
    You don’t understand the nuances of their voting system. The governor recall is a yes/ no. If he is recalled, he is not eligible for the next governor. Then it becomes a free-for -all, where the winner could get in with 15-20% of those that actually voted (a lot less than those eligible). That is how Arnie became governor out of a field of 100. The large number of candidates isn’t unusual. Many aren’t serious. And there are no name democrats as they think Newsom will win the first vote.

    Chris Morris

    July 29, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    • Thank you … helpful. So next question … on election day do voters get two ballots; one for the recall and a second where they vote for a replacement Governor if the recall hits 50.01%?

      The Veteran

      July 30, 2021 at 10:50 am

    • Veteran. If they follow the same format as last time, it is all on the one page. Yes/ No for the governor and who will replace him in alphabetical order (so Abby Aaron will get a good vote). The design seems to be for machine reading or punching machines (hanging chads a specialty) . I suspect many Democrats will only fill in the first half.
      Here is the last recall ballot

      Chris Morris

      July 30, 2021 at 5:01 pm

  2. The dumbass Republicans (but I repeat myself) shot themselves in the foot with this one. Newsome has over $16 million to fight his case, the closest Repub has $5 million, the rest of them add up to pocket change.

    You see, under a recall, there is no limit on donations, unlike in an ordinary vote. Not good at thinking things through, those dumbass Republicans (there I go, repeating myself again).

    Little Dorrit

    July 29, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    • It’s not Republicans try to recall him. Though I am sure they’re happy about it.


      July 29, 2021 at 5:55 pm

  3. Rather than explain this to you, maybe you should just delete the post altogether. If you don’t have a clue what is going on, why not remain silent and be presumed a fool, rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt?


    July 29, 2021 at 5:53 pm

  4. blairmullholand … being an arse-hole. I posed a question and got the answer from CM and I thank him. You responded with mindless drivel … fits. The question remains … why would the Republicans set out to fragment their vote with 24 candidates. Bit like the HRRP in Samoa … and we all know how that ended up.

    The Veteran

    July 29, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    • No, you said you weren’t going to post on US politics, and then we get this crap. You are the one posting drivel, not me. Don’t write on things you literally don’t understand. And still no apology/correction on Brian Sicknick either I see?


      July 30, 2021 at 12:57 am

  5. Hey Blair, it’s been a LONG time. I remember you from The Whig days. (The Pannika affair was fantastic)

    Brian Sicknick ? Was he the security officer who was mercilessly bashed to death with a fire extinguisher by some deranged Trump supporter? That’s what CNN told me.

    Director Wray, What is the relationship between Stuart Rhodes and the FBI ?

    Porky Roebuck

    July 30, 2021 at 8:51 am

    • That’s something I’d rather not remember. I’d take back/do over pretty much everything I did between 2003 and 2011 if I could, especially some of the blogging…

      Just remember: It was an insurrection, and the greatest threat to the US Republic since the civil war! You can trust CNN.


      July 31, 2021 at 12:05 pm

  6. Mulholland … point to where I said I was never going to post on USA politics and anyway, it was a question rather than a post. And FYI I have attended the Republican National Convention as a guest so I do know something if not very much.

    As for Sicknick and I remain ‘amused’ by you and your fellow Trumpists who continue to insist that the riot at the Capital was a peaceful demonstration.

    The Veteran

    July 30, 2021 at 10:48 am

    • We’re insisting it was mostly peaceful. And what’s really fascinating is the distinct lack of substance to the charges that have been brought so far, not to mention the lack of charges for violence. You would think something so extensively videotaped would produce “better” outcomes. Not to mention there were billboards everywhere for months asking us to rat on our neighbours who were there.

      Are you still claiming Sicknick was hit with a fire extinguisher, or do you agree with the official finding that he died twelve hours after he was at the Capitol, of unrelated causes?


      July 31, 2021 at 11:44 am

  7. Good grief. I’ve been a bit disconnected and distracted from the InterWebby thing in the last few days so did not notice this until this morning.

    Despite my series of posts on California Screaming, I have taken little notice of the recall effort and now the election focused on Governor Newsom, let alone the precise mechanics of their election process. At some stage I should look more at the latter since at least one aspect of it – ballot harvesting – has spread like a cancer across the USA.

    But the election is a waste of space in light of the Democrat Party’s overwhelming control of the CA legislature. Even if, by some miracle, a Republican is elected governor it will make no difference. Over a decade ago Arnuuld got his butt vetoed and overruled into submission until he basically followed their lead.

    Worse than the National Party here in other words.

    As a result I’m more interested in looking at the insane ideas that California Democrats have.

    In any case I see that Chris Morris has done a great job answering The Vet’s question (yay, commentators), and I may include some of that in a post on the California Right-wing and the GOP there.

    Tom Hunter

    July 31, 2021 at 11:09 am

  8. The Democrats are getting really worried that this will turn into another 2003. It is a strongly Democrat state but there isn’t the support there for the Governor. The polls among intending voters are very close – margin of error stuff. Elizabeth Warren has started to campaign for him and Kamala Harris has threatened to. The governor needs to say thanks but no thanks. Both of those women would be the kiss of death. Only people they would motivate would be Republicans.

    Chris Morris

    August 1, 2021 at 6:50 am

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