Tuesday’s California recall is American politics in a nutshell.
“Recalls are weird,” Ari Melber mentioned on MSNBC Monday night time. This recall is certainly bizarre. This second in politics is bizarre and tumultuous and toxic. It’s arduous for anybody however information junkies to make sense of the nonsense.
This recall is particularly about California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and the Republicans who’re attempting to unseat him, however it’s additionally about Covid-19. It’s additionally about Donald Trump and his takeover of the Republican get together. It’s additionally in regards to the GOP’s adherence to voter fraud fabrications that deny the Democratic get together’s legitimacy and undercut democracy. It’s “a preview of coming attractions,” Newsom’s high strategist Sean Clegg advised reporters in Long Beach on Monday.
“Battery acid on our Constitution”
So let’s deal with what Clegg meant by “coming attractions.” Regarding Tuesday’s election outcome, he expressed supreme confidence, in response to NCS’s Dan Merica: Clegg mentioned “there’s no scenario where we lose tomorrow.”
But with Elder’s marketing campaign already alleging election impropriety, Clegg mentioned, “We saw it in the November election. We saw it in the January 6th insurrection. We do not have a Democratic and Republican party in this country. We have a democratic party and an anti-democratic party. They’re trying to throw battery acid on our Constitution, on our electoral norms. And it’s a preview of coming attractions. We’re going to see the same thing in 2022 and the same thing in 2024. And unfortunately, it’s become the Trump playbook and they’re going to it. And they’re going back to it.”
The solely downside, as Seitz-Wald wrote, is that “the election hasn’t happened yet.”
But this web site, StopCAFraud.com, was apparently printed with the expectation that Elder will lose and can wish to problem the outcomes. The web site, bankrolled in half by Elder’s marketing campaign, additionally alludes to violence. “We MUST protect election integrity,” the homepage says. “They say that in America, there are four boxes of liberty. The soapbox, the ballot box, the jury box, and the ammo box.” The implication is that election challenges will occur on the “jury box” with the “hope” that the “ammo box” — this is a quote from the web site — “remains closed.”
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On the flip facet, the Los Angeles Times lately quoted a GOP activist, Matt Francis, who expressed confidence that Newsom will certainly be recalled. “He’s worked to make it happen for months, and from online commentary he’s seen in recent weeks, he senses that Californians want a new leader,” The Times wrote. “But if the recall fails?” Francis mentioned, “There is no way I am going to believe it.”
“Focus on the hard right and ignore the middle”
NCS correspondent Kyung Lah writes from Long Beach: “Larry Elder didn’t do any public rallies over the weekend. What did he do? He focused his efforts on right-wing media, talking up baseless election fraud claims. It’s all ridiculous given the two to one registration advantage Democrats have over Republicans. With Trump chiming in today, it’s similar to the behavior I’m seeing when I cover Arizona’s sham ‘audit’ — focus on the hard right and ignore the middle. It just struck me as illogical since Elder needs a bigger, not smaller audience.”
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— Cable information networks are including hours of dwell protection late Tuesday and into Wednesday for the vote depend.