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California Gov. Gavin Newsom celebrates his blowout win in the California gubernatorial recall election on Tuesday night in Sacramento. Newsom is on track to have done even better in the recall election (64 percent thus far) than he did in his initial election to the governorship in November 2018 (with 62 percent). The Repugnicans in the state are being awfully quiet these days, for some reason…
From Day One, the effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom very primarily was an effort by the disgruntled and the crazed — and the significantly outnumbered — Pussygrabberian minority here in the state. It widely was called a “grassroots” effort by its pushers, but those “grassroots” cover no more than about 40 percent of the state’s population.
Indeed, in the Public Policy Institute of California’s polls on the recall effort released in March, in May and earlier this month, no more than 40 percent of the state’s likely voters ever said that they supported the removal of Newsom, despite the state’s big problems, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the high cost of housing and the high rate of homelessness, the now-regular huge wildfires and drought.
In the results of Tuesday’s recall election thus far, Newsom is keeping his job, 64 percent to 36 percent.
I’ve noted here that I had expected Newsom to garner around 56 percent, maybe 58 percent in Tuesday’s recall election, but if his 64 percent holds, that’s even better than he did when he was first elected in November 2018, with 62 percent of the vote.
So, far from repudiating Newsom, as the Repugnican recall pushers for months and months claimed the majority of the state’s voters would do, the state’s voters instead doubled down on their show of support for Newsom, giving him an even larger margin of victory this time around.
So why has Newsom done significantly better than even the polling had suggested he would? (Fivethirtyeight.com’s final polling average for the recall election was 57.3 percent to keep Newsom to 41.5 percent to remove him, and Real Clear Politics’ final polling average for the recall election was 56.3 percent to keep Newsom to 41.8 percent to remove him.)
Newsom has done even better than expected because the aforementioned disgruntled fascist fucktards here in California (and elsewhere throughout the nation, of course) are loud and obnoxious, and their loudness and their obnoxiousness can make it appear that their numbers are significantly greater than they actually are.
It was California’s true silent majority — those of us who love science and who thus believe that climate change is real and who believe in the overall effectiveness and the overall safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, among other things — that has given Newsom his blowout win in Tuesday’s bullshit recall election.
You don’t hear much from California’s sane majority — because we’re sane. We’re quietly keeping the state afloat while the wingnuts whine how hard they supposedly have it and how much they’re “oppressed” while they do nothing but drag the rest of us down with their selfishness and their laziness and their abject ignorance, such as with their willful refusal to benefit the larger population by getting vaccinated against a virus that has killed more than 67,000 Californians thus far. (The rest of us, we “socialists,” have to cover the costs of their wholly preventable COVID-19-related hospitalizations, of course. [If we are “socialists,” it’s largely because we are burdened with these lazy and selfish Pussygrabberian fucktards, who are a huge drain on the system.])
Further, I surmise that most of the undecided voters in the end broke for Newsom, and a top state Repugnican operative has posited that Repugnican-fascist recall candidate Larry Elder’s stupid, sleazy, anti-democratic campaign tactic of claiming election fraud even before election day (indeed, former “President” Pussygrabber has grabbed Elder by the pussy, too) had the effect of depressing Repugnican turnout. (Why even bother to vote if it’s all “rigged” anyway?)
And, of course, before Larry Elder’s rise in July, the recall campaign had been all about Gavin Newsom and his shortcomings, real or perceived; after Elder’s rise, it became all about Newsom vs. Elder, whose wingnutty political views are wildly out of step with the majority of California’s voters.
Of course, since the close of the polls on Tuesday and the media’s reportage shortly thereafter that it was shaping up to be a blowout for Newsom, it’s been mostly crickets from the state’s Repugnicans.
Why? Because Newsom’s victory has been so huge that even they can’t, with any credibility at all, claim “election fraud” or a “stolen election.” (Which, I predict, will not work for the dying Repugnican Party in the long term. They follow the fucktarded Pussygrabber at their own peril; the idea in politics is to actually win elections, not to lose them but steadfastly lie that you actually won them.)
And it’s crickets from the Repugnicans now here in the Golden State because it’s not like the Repugnicans ever admit when they’re wrong or when they have had their treasonous, fascist asses kicked by the majority of the voters again. Just like with an Orwellian memory hole, they’ll just pretend as though none of it ever happened, since that’s what’s most politically convenient for them.
In the meantime, we sane Californians, we sane Americans and we sane human beings have a state, a nation and a planet to save.
Unfortunately, at the same time, we have to continue to do battle with our enemies within: the right-wing nut-job traitors who call themselves Repugnicans.