Everyone has probably seen the results of the recent California Field Poll released today, and reported by fair and balanced FoxNews.
LOS ANGELES — A new statewide Field Poll released Friday shows that 58 percent of Californian voters now favor recalling Democratic Gov. Gray Davis (search), a seven point increase over the last Field Poll in July.
Everyone with any sense has known that Davis' recall has been inevitable from the moment it was certified, and this significant 7 point increase just cements the issue.
"It's really, really bad for him," a top statewide Democratic strategist told Fox News. "Because he's been leaning on people all week saying polls showing him in trouble are wrong. Well, what's he going to say now when almost every newspaper in the state on Friday will carry this poll?"
What's Davis going to do?
Top party strategists said Davis urged Democrats not to endorse Bustamante so early because he and his top aides feared it would send a signal that the party had abandoned the governor.
The governor has worked aggressively behind the scenes, Democratic strategists said, to raise money to defeat the Oct. 7 recall. Those fund-raising efforts would have suffered dramatically, Davis argued, by a strong show of support for Bustamante.
He doesn't lay out a comprehensive plan for California's future. He doesn't try to inspire us. He doesn't call on the legislature to scrap the old budget and start over with greater fiscal responsibility and less spending. He doesn't admit any wrong-doing with respect to the energy contracts he signed two years ago. He doesn't take any blame for the horrendous debacle he's made of California's economy. He doesn't recognize his mistakes and show us he's learned anything from them. No.
After all, the problem has nothing to do with him; the problem is simply that he hasn't raised enough money yet! Raising money to further his political ambitions is pretty much all Davis is good at, and now that he's faced with a monumental problem it's what he falls back on. But he's got another strategy as well:
Democrats say Davis has been betting that the media will pound actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is running for the governor's seat as a Republican, and that his image will suffer as the campaign drags on. Strategists also say Davis will appear in public as often as possible to remind Democrats that he's their leader in Sacramento and that the recall is an assault on the entire Democratic Party.
Since he has no vision or leadership ability to display, maybe he'll get lucky and his chief competition will get buried by a hostile press.
I hope that all the elected officials in Sacramento recognize this recall as an assault on the Democratic way of doing government. As Ann Coulter discovered reading old issues of American Prospect and pointed out in this excellent piece,
In June 2002, the liberal American Prospect magazine was hailing California as a "laboratory" for Democratic policies. With "its Democratic governor, U.S. senators, state legislature and congressional delegation," author Harold Meyerson gushed, "California is the only one of the nation's 10 largest states that is uniformly under Democratic control." In the Golden State, Meyerson said, "the next New Deal is in tryouts." ...
California is, in fact, a perfect petri dish of Democratic policies. This is what happens when you let Democrats govern: You get a state -- or as it's now known, a "job-free zone" -- with a $38 billion deficit, which is larger than the budgets of 48 states. There are reports that Argentina and the Congo are sending their fiscal policy experts to Sacramento to help stabilize the situation. California's credit rating has been slashed to junk bond status, and citizens are advised to stock up for the not-too-far-off day when cigarettes and Botox become the hard currency of choice. At this stage, we couldn't give California back to Mexico.
Democrats governed their petri dish as they always govern. They buy the votes of government workers with taxpayer-funded jobs, salaries and benefits -- and then turn around and accuse the productive class of "greed" for wanting their taxes cut. This has worked so well nationally that more people in America now work for the government than work in any sort of manufacturing job.
Coulter is rather colorful, but she makes good points. All 8 of California's constitutional officers are Democrats, the legislature is nearly two-thirds Democrat, both of our Senators are Democrats, and most of our Representatives are Democrats.
Even though it's politically correct to say "well, both parties do it"... not so fast! California Republicans can't wipe their noses without Democrat approval. If Republicans in California share any blame for our current problems, it's only in that they haven't been aggressive enough in opposing the Democrats' leftist agenda. This is what you're voting for when you vote for a Democrat. I hope this serves as a warning for the rest of the country. The Democrats got every item on their wishlist in California, up until a month ago -- and just look where it's left us.