August 01, 2003

New Reason Column -- BASE! ...

New Reason Column -- BASE! How Low Can You Go? In which I discuss Gray Davis' nauseating (and effective!) pander to his party's left wing.

Posted by at August 1, 2003 11:34 PM
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Good piece but you leave out the obvious: the state of California is now a far Left state. The real problem is not Davis, but the entire Democratic Party and there is no way a Republican governor will get out of Sack Town alive with a Dem Legislature.

Davis is telling people what they WANT TO BELIEVE not what we should hear. Mexican groups (and they are Mexican, not Mexican American) want illegals to have drivers licenses, welfare, medicare and so on. He will pander to all who want to hear. He will win. It is no accident that Riordan is sounding out Democrats before making a decison on running; he knows if the Dems hate him they won't hesitate to ruin the state.

Posted by: Howard Veit at August 2, 2003 06:26 AM

Good column.

I remember getting my rebate check. It was packaged as a nice little gift from Gray Davis. It was almost like Gray sent it to me personally. So, what you're saying, is Davis essentially wasted $45 million on a taxpayer-funded campaign mailer when the money could have been returned to us far more cheaply through a deduction.

Posted by: Howard Owens at August 2, 2003 10:09 AM

I loved the column too, as I wrote Matt.

But Howard (Veit, in this case), I'm not sure you're any longer correct when you write: "Good piece but you leave out the obvious: the state of California is now a far Left state." That now remains to be seen. Events are moving quickly.

Posted by: Roger L. Simon at August 2, 2003 10:59 AM

Well, I'd say that the fact that Bill "I Favor Prison Rape For White-Collar Criminals" Lockyer is telling Davis to behave himself on pain of having prominent California Democrats switch their support to Riordan is a sign that Davis is considered to be a rather vicious bastard. If I was a Democrat considering entering the race, I'd be casting a nervous glance in Bob Mulholland's direction if I had any dirty laundry still to be revealed.

On the bright side for Davis, Robert Scheer is backing him--always nice to know you have the unreconstructed Maoist vote locked up early on.

Posted by: M. Scott Eiland at August 2, 2003 11:40 AM

M. Scott -- Scheer's not an unreconstructed Maoist. I know many people here find that hard to believe, but in knowing him for going on 15 years, I can testify that he ain't. Unless Maoists have suddenly come out in favor of free trade .... We disagree on more than plenty, but he's not a commie, and not a traitor.

As to your point on Dems (or anyone else) entering the race, I'd say hell yeah. Davis' previous campaign nastiness certainly scared off Arnold, and it might yet scare off Riordan, though I hope not. He's got a week to make sure that no Democrat more popular than a Loretta Sanchez enters the race, and I think that's still an even bet. I'd guess that McAuliffe is camped out in L.A. or Frisco, reminding every tempted Democrat that their national ambitions are Over should they want to run (very similar to how influential state & national Democrats successfully convinced an ambitious young Gray Davis not to approve offshore oil drilling off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1987, when he was the swing vote on the State Lands Commission).

Thinking out loud here, if we get no serious Democrat (still a big "if"), then the race may boil down to Camejo-Huffington-Riordan-Simon. Camejo and Huffington have been talking about a deal, so maybe that would be Huffington-Riordan-Simon. What fun! I think I'll take a poll here on who'd win that....

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 2, 2003 12:33 PM

Matt, I appreciate your PE reference.

Posted by: tm at August 3, 2003 08:00 AM

TM -- I also used "Terminator Exit" when news of Arnold's likely wuss-out leaked.....

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 3, 2003 11:16 AM

Turn it up! Bring the noise!

Posted by: Mike at August 4, 2003 01:43 AM

nice.

Posted by: tm at August 4, 2003 04:17 AM

Well, surprise surprise.

Davis meets with Clinton, and afterwards comes up with a slimy tactic to try to save his hide--who would have thunk it?

It'll be interesting to see how the California Democrats play this--embracing Davis' gutter politics or distancing themselves from them.

Considering Davis' request asks a judge to directly ignore California election law, he ought to refuse the request and slap Davis' legal counsel with sanctions for filing a frivolous lawsuit; somehow, I doubt the judge has the guts to enforce the law.

Posted by: M. Scott Eiland at August 4, 2003 05:49 PM
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hat McAuliffe is camped out in L.A. or Frisco, reminding every tempted Democrat that their national ambitions are Over should they want to run (very similar to how influential state & national Democrats successfully convinced an ambitious young Gray Davis not to approve offshore oil drilling off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1987, when he was the swing vote on the State Lands Commission).

Thinking out loud here, if we get no serious Democrat (still a big "if"), then the race may boil down to Camejo-Huffington-Riordan-Simon. Camejo and Huffington have been talking about a deal, so maybe that would be Huffington-Riordan-Simon. What fun! I think I'll take a poll here on who'd win that....

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 2, 2003 12:33 PM

Matt, I appreciate your PE reference.

Posted by: tm at August 3, 2003 08:00 AM

TM -- I also used "Terminator Exit" when news of Arnold's likely wuss-out leaked.....

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 3, 2003 11:16 AM

Turn it up! Bring the noise!

Posted by: Mike at August 4, 2003 01:43 AM

nice.

Posted by: tm at August 4, 2003 04:17 AM

Well, surprise surprise.

Davis meets with Clinton, and afterwards comes up with a slimy tactic to try to save his hide--who would have thunk it?

It'll be interesting to see how the California Democrats play this--embracing Davis' gutter politics or distancing themselves from them.

Considering Davis' request asks a judge to directly ignore California election law, he ought to refuse the request and slap Davis' legal counsel with sanctions for filing a frivolous lawsuit; somehow, I doubt the judge has the guts to enforce the law.

Posted by: M. Scott Eiland at August 4, 2003 05:49 PM
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