The Democrats have long insisted that they will not offer a candidate to replace Governor Davis, and that Davis has the full support of the party. I've written about Davis' lack of honor and the difficult strategic issues that each party as to deal with; despite the DNC's formal line, here's the trial balloon I've long-expected the Democrats to float: "2 Democrats in Congress Urge Feinstein to Enter Recall Race".

Two Democratic members of Congress publicly urged Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday to join the race to replace Gov. Gray Davis, ending what had been a united effort by Democratic elected officials to stand with the governor in the recall election.

The statements came from U.S. Reps. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) and Cal Dooley (D-Hanford).

Both said that, although they oppose the recall, Democrats need someone to vote for in case Davis loses. ...

"It is no secret that Gov. Davis is in trouble, and I seriously doubt that he can survive the recall effort," Dooley said in a statement. "We, as Democrats, need to get behind a strong candidate.

"It is unfortunate that the recall effort qualified for the ballot," he added, but "it is foolhardy for Democrats to gamble that Gov. Davis can pull this out."

There is no way that Gray Davis is going to survive the recall election as governor. Although the Democrats seem to be in suicide mode all around the country, I will be astounded if the party holds its current line; I expect they're waiting to see how this proposal plays out in their focus groups.

Many people see Democratic Senator Feinstein as a lock to win, if she runs, but I'll go out on a limb and predict that she won't. She has expressed contempt for the recall petition concept itself, and is getting a bit old to start a vigorous campaign. On the other hand, the campain will only be 59 days long, and it's likely to be her last opportunity to run for higher office.



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