August 17, 2003

Two Last Recall-Related Ite...

Two Last Recall-Related Items of the Day: California historian Kevin Starr has an interesting, hard-to-summarize column detailing his change of heart about the recal in the combination of 1911 Progressivism and 2003 technology-fueled democratic decentralization. And Steve Smith, rebutting the hold-the-Hispanic-hype contentions of Kaus and others, argues persuasively that Latino politics, and the Prop. 187 backlash, have turned California into a Democratic state for the first time in a century. OK, back to work!

Posted by at August 17, 2003 12:49 PM

Good piece by Starr. Thanks for the pointer.

Posted by: Howard Owens at August 17, 2003 11:47 PM

I guess stating the obvious without saying anything qualifies as a good piece for the Times these days. And Smythe (Smith?) is, unfortunately, right on the latino question. Ahnult could be the one to neutralize the now decade old latin anger while not weaseling on 187. Unfortunately, I keep waiting for him to do something right, or at least something, and all we get is the lethal combination of Pete Wilson's mug and Warren Buffet's tax proposal.

No one seems to be commenting on this particular box that Ahnult may be in- namely that while it would greatly behoove Ahnult and most Republican's eager for victory for both Simon and McLintock to pull out, a pullout by one of these would likely send their supporters over to the other and not to Ahnult, giving the survivor close to 20% and a reasonable shot at an upset over both Ahnult and Cruz. Seems to me Ahnult's best shot is to articulate some traditional Republican positions on spending, taxes, regulation, whittle Simon & McClintock down to less than 5% apiece while keeping either both or none of them in the race, and explain himself articulately on prop 187 to hispanics. So far, with Buffet, Wilson, and (can't get that pornotape image out of my head) Lowe he's doing a lot more wrong than right.

Posted by: Lloyd at August 19, 2003 11:21 AM

I fisk Davis' latest strategy here. It's hard to see why he bothers.

Posted by: Michael Williams at August 20, 2003 12:52 PM
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