LA Times: It's Time to "Reform" Recalls So Radical Leftists Can't Be Recalled
The Left has a very simple definition of "reform".
Whatever increases its power is a reform. Whatever diminishes it is a horrifying, racist abuse of power that will set us back a generation.
Now that Newsom is facing a recall that might actually push him out of office, the LA Times Editorial Board is panicking and calling for reform.
And by "reform", they mean making it hard to recall lefties in California.
Why, for example, does California have among the lowest signature requirements among states that allow for the recall of a state official? Most others require that recall proponents gather signatures equal to 25% of the votes cast in the last election. California requires just 12%.
Would the LA Times Editorial Board favor a 12% or 25% threshold if California Republicans were the ones facing recalls?
Should a recall target be allowed to run on the replacement ballot — that is, could Newsom be a candidate to replace Newsom?
The whole point of the recall election is recalling Newsom. If Newsom were to be recalled, then how would he be running?
The real issue at the LA Times is that Newsom and California Democrats bet everything on their little winery pony. They could have put forward their own hedge candidate in the recall election. They chose not to do it. Now they're whining and demand "reforms" because of their bad bet.
To that end, we support the idea of creating a bipartisan commission to build a foundation for a proposed constitutional amendment to be placed by the Legislature on a future state ballot.
The LA Times wants a bipartisan commission? Really?
In 2021, voters need protection from demagogues, wacky candidates and a marginalized political party that can’t win legitimately in regular elections and resorts to exploiting this outdated law to unfairly seize power.
So by bipartisan, the LA Times means Arnold Schwartzenegger as opposed to actual Republicans. I'm sure Arnold will do a great job of explaining why he wants to shut down the process that made him an elected official. Right after he explains why he could fly back and forth between his home and Sacramento in a private jet all the time, and drive a Hummer, while ordinary people shouldn't be able to own cars.