Like I said: A fucking circus

The Repugnican Party of California is trying so hard to look so serious.

Don’t you dare call the impending gubernatorial recall election a circus!

But hey, here is Repugnican gubernatorial recall candidate John Cox with a trained bear!:

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Like Caitlyn Jenner, Cox never has held elected office, yet he wants to lead the nation’s most populous state.

But hey, Cox did run for governor of California in November 2018 — losing to Gavin Newsom by 24 percentage points, which Wikipedia notes was “the state’s biggest gubernatorial landslide since 1950.”

Cox wins bigly at losing!

At any rate, that’s all in the past now! Now, John Cox has a bear! And this is going to change everything!

P.S. If Recall Circus Campaign Bear should, oh, I don’t know, lose it and maul John Cox — that would be a real tragedy…

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The circus is coming to town again

Although Caitlyn Jenner, pictured above, does somewhat resemble Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, I don’t see a path to California’s governorship for her…

For a long time I didn’t think that the proponents of the recall of Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom likely would reach the number of valid signatures that they have needed (almost 1.5 million of them) to get their little do-over election that is doomed to fail to remove Newsom, who is popular enough in California to keep his job.

In February I did leave myself an out; I wrote: “Unless the recall proponents, for whatever reason(s), have been sitting on hundreds of thousands of signatures until their final March 17 deadline [to submit the signatures to the county elections offices], there is no fucking way that they haven’t been blatantly lying about their numbers for at least several weeks now.”

In an online article a little while ago (I can’t find it now, but probably will try again), I did read one of the recall proponents state that the proponents indeed sat on a shitload of signatures and turned them in late in the game; if memory serves, the proponent stated that the recall campaign, for whatever reason or reasons, thought that doing so would be politically advantageous.

The California Secretary of State’s office this past week reported that the state’s 58 county elections offices have declared valid 1,626,042 recall-petition signatures, which is more than 130,000 more signatures than the recall proponents need (they need 1,495,709 signatures).

Anyone who signed a Newsom recall petition and now regrets it has until June 8 to withdraw his or her signature by submitting a written request to his or her county elections office, but I don’t see more than 130,000 people doing that, so I expect a gubernatorial recall election — the circus-like one that we had back in 2003 wasn’t long ago enough — and the experts say it probably will be held this November.

It very much appears to be the case that the people of California are going to have to pay millions and millions of dollars for a statewide election that most likely won’t result in the governorship changing hands, but which will give the state another gubernatorial recall circus. (Yes, the Repugnicans are all about fiscal responsibility, you see, but they gladly will waste a huge amount of California taxpayers’ money on their little vanity project of a statewide election that will change nothing.)

And thus far the ringleader of the circus that we expect in November is Caitlyn Jenner, who is highly unlikely to be elected as California governor in a recall election. In fact, just the specter of a Gov. Jenner probably will induce millions of Californians who might otherwise have sat out the recall circus to vote no on the recall in order to save Newsom’s ass.

I don’t care that Caitlyn Jenner is a transgender woman. I do care that Jenner is running as a Repugnican, that Repugnican governors in California historically have been disastrous — they work only for the rich and powerful — and that Jenner has held zero elected office at all.

In fact, Jenner recently lambasted California district attorneys who had been selected by Newsom — when California’s governor doesn’t get to pick the state’s district attorneys; the voters do. Jenner might know makeup and nails — and B-list-at-best celebrity and “reality” television, just like her hero, the former “President” Pussygrabber — but (also like Pussygrabber) she knows jack shit about governance and is uniquely unqualified for the job of governor of the most populous state of the nation.

That aside, who the fuck, exactly, is going to vote for Jenner? Let’s see: The national Repugnican Party is quite anti-transgender — explicitly so in its 2016 and 2020 national platform. Not many die-hard Repugnicans would vote for Jenner, not even on a fucking lark. How much support are you going to get at the ballot box from a political party that opposes your very existence?

And the vast majority of California’s registered Democrats — who outnumber California’s registered Repugnicans by almost two to onearen’t going to vote for any Repugnican for governor. The trans angle won’t be nearly enough for even the “wokest” to cast a vote for Jenner for governor.

Jenner’s only target audience, that I can see, would be apolitical transgender people — people who are transgender and who are excited to vote for a transgender candidate (understandable), but who are wholly ignorant about politics, including what the Repugnican Party is all about (in a word, evil). How many of these very niche voters are there in California? Even 1,000 of them?

Don’t get me wrong; I’m no Democratic Party hack myself. I am registered as an independent because the Democratic Party isn’t nearly progressive enough for my tastes (and don’t even get me started on the toxic identity politics within the Democratic Party that have displaced socioeconomic justice, harming millions of people).

I’m a so-called “Bernie bro,” even though as a gay man I don’t feel like a “bro” at all (and I resent the misandry and the false claims of “sexism” and “misogyny” that are rampant among the “woke” “left” [as I said, don’t even get me started on toxic identity politics…]).

President Biden, whom I did not vote for (I knew that he would win all of California’s electoral votes, which is all that counts in a presidential election, so shut the fuck up), is doing better than I’d thought he would — he apparently at least tentatively has the balls, or at least one ball, anyway, that former President Barack Obama sorely lacked — but there still is plenty of time for him to fuck it all up.

And while I’m lukewarm for Newsom — I did vote for him in November 2018, because after Repugnican Gov. Arnold “Baby Daddy” Schwarzenegger, it’s quite important to me that we never have another Repugnican governor — I believe that Newsom is doing far better in leading the state (which many have deemed, probably correctly, as essentially ungovernable) than would any Repugnican.

And there is no good reason to remove Newsom before he has to run for re-election again in November of next year anyway.

The gubernatorial recall circus that very most likely will take place this fall is not just the temper tantrum, but is the death throes, of the out-of-touch, out-of-power, Pussygrabberian Repugnican Party in California.

We, the people of California, need to drive a stake through that vampire’s cold fucking heart once and for all.

If you wish, you can donate to the anti-recall effort here. I have.

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George Floyd did not die for our sins (but he did die because of them)

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin surrealistically cavalierly and slowly murders George Floyd in cold blood in late May 2020 (above). Below, Chauvin is handcuffed and taken into custody in the Minneapolis courtroom yesterday immediately after having been found by a jury to be guilty of murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Floyd.

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I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to hear that former cop Derek Chauvin most likely will spend many years behind bars after he egregiously murdered George Floyd last year; it’s quite rare that murderous cops ever actually are convicted of murder.

Not to pick on Nancy Pelosi too much — although I think that she should have hung it up years ago — but George Floyd was murdered. Murder is, by definition, involuntary on the part of the victim.

Pelosi, in a speech yesterday, said, “Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice.”

Yikes. Dictionary.com says that “to sacrifice,” as Pelosi used the verb, means to “to surrender or give up, or permit injury or disadvantage to, for the sake of something else.”

As many have pointed out, George Floyd obviously did not willingly hand over his life for “justice” — or for a little speech by an overprivileged politico who should have exited the public stage years ago. He was murdered by a white cop whose police department, according to The New York Times, “[uses] force against black people at seven times the rate of whites.”

Pelosi also said in her speech (still addressing Floyd), “because of you, and because of thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice, your name will always be synonymous with justice.”

I hope that the murder of George Floyd ultimately will result in a more just United States of America, but George Floyd did not exist for the rest of us to be able to use his life in any way, probably especially for our own smug self-comfort.

Until and unless we of white America get that — and put to work in the real world that understanding of how too many of us have regarded the lives of black men (and others) — there will be more murders of black men (and others) who did not have to die at the hands of our police.

It’s too late for George Floyd, but it’s not too late for us to do our best to ensure that our cops stop killing unnecessarily.

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We already have an Anglo-Saxon caucus: the Repugnican Party

Marjorie Taylor Greene

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This single image alone lays waste to the entire idea of white “supremacy.”

Sadly, it’s not shocking to me that at least two U.S. “representatives,” far-right-wing nut jobs Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia (pictured above) and Paul Gosar of Arizona, reportedly are trying to start an “America First Caucus” in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This proposed new caucus widely is being called the “Anglo-Saxon caucus,” since “America First” means white first, of course — even though the first Americans were not white, but were Native American and later, Mexican (indeed, Mexicans don’t cross the southern border; the southern border crossed them).

For the record, I am Anglo-Saxon. I even did DNA testing some years ago that showed my DNA most closely matching the DNA of the predominant populations of Britain and of Germany (not shocking, since more white Americans are of German descent than of any other, closely followed by those of Irish descent and then those of British descent, although the latter are considered to be under-counted).

I am not “proud” to be white any more than I am “proud” to be gay. I am what I am and others are what they are, and that’s all that it is. (To me you can be proud of an accomplishment or an achievement, perhaps, but of your DNA? I don’t fucking think so.)

White “supremacy” always has eluded me, in no small part because those who espouse it, such as Taylor Greene and Gosar, hardly are exemplars of their race. Being “supreme” would necessitate that you’re also not an abject fucktard with apparent mental illness.

And to assert that whites deserve even more representation in Congress is beyond ludicrous, of course.

Per the U.S. Census Bureau, non-Latino whites make up 60 percent of the U.S. population — yet per the Pew Research Center, only 23 percent of those in Congress are not white, meaning that whites, at 77 percent of those in Congress, are significantly over-represented in Congress according to their makeup of the U.S. population. Today’s Congress is the most diverse Congress ever, and Congress keeps getting more diverse, per Pew, but whites still are over-represented in it.

Of course, Taylor Greene, Gosar & Co. haven’t broken with their party as much as they are just breaking the Repugnican Party’s long-standing unspoken rule: be racist, of course, but don’t ever openly, publicly admit it.

Indeed, per Pew, “Among today’s [U.S.] senators and representatives, the overwhelming majority of racial and ethnic minority members are Democrats (83%), while 17% are Republicans.”

That statistic alone speaks volumes about how serious the Repugnican Party is about representing non-whites in the halls of power.

An “America First Caucus” or “Anglo-Saxon Caucus” in the House would be pretty fucking redundant. We already have one: they’re called the Repugnicans.

But I wholeheartedly encourage the Repugnicans to continue along these sick and twisted lines; anything to speed up the approaching extinction of the backasswards Repugnican Party is a wonderful fucking thing.

In the meantime, the rest of us need to continue the ongoing work of making the United States of America a more perfect union — which would mean, among many other things, that “America” or “American” doesn’t mean white, but means only the geographic area of the United States or a person residing in or having come from the United States of America.*

E pluribus unum, bitches.

*I’m not big on dividing ourselves by nationality, and/or by citizenship status either, but, you know, baby steps

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Pussygrabber was NOT your savior

MOBILE, AL- AUGUST 21: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after his rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on August 21, 2015 in Mobile, Alabama. The Trump campaign moved tonight's rally to a larger stadium to accommodate demand. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

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In an iconic news photo from early in his “presidency,” stupid white people thank “Lord Jesus” for “President” Pussygrabber. And if you believe that the comparison (or at least the nexus) between Pussygrabber and Jesus Christ is apt, you have your choice of many products that you can buy online, such as this lovely, totally-not-sacrilegious T-shirt:

It’s Easter Sunday, and while it’s said that Jesus has arisen, “President” Pussygrabber has not. He is still, as far as I know, holed up in his ginormous stucco tomb in Palm Beach, Florida.

These days, thank Goddess, Pussygrabber is in the news pretty much only because we’ll be dealing with his many crimes for the next several years.

Perhaps my favorite crime of Pussygrabber, however, is that on his way out he seriously fleeced his own fucking flock.

This is from The New York Times:

Stacy Blatt was in hospice care last September listening to Rush Limbaugh’s dire warnings about how badly Donald J. Trump’s campaign needed money when he went online and chipped in everything he could: $500.

It was a big sum for a 63-year-old battling cancer and living in Kansas City on less than $1,000 per month. But that single contribution — federal records show it was his first ever — quickly multiplied. Another $500 was withdrawn the next day, then $500 the next week and every week through mid-October, without his knowledge — until Mr. Blatt’s bank account had been depleted and frozen. When his utility and rent payments bounced, he called his brother, Russell, for help.

What the Blatts soon discovered was $3,000 in withdrawals by the Trump campaign in less than 30 days. They called their bank and said they thought they were victims of fraud.

“It felt,” Russell said, “like it was a scam.”

But what the Blatts believed was duplicity was actually an intentional scheme to boost revenues by the Trump campaign and the for-profit company that processed its online donations, WinRed. Facing a cash crunch and getting badly outspent by the Democrats, the campaign had begun last September to set up recurring donations by default for online donors, for every week until the election.

Contributors had to wade through a fine-print disclaimer and manually uncheck a box to opt out.

As the election neared, the Trump team made that disclaimer increasingly opaque, an investigation by The New York Times showed. It introduced a second prechecked box, known internally as a “money bomb,” that doubled a person’s contribution. Eventually its solicitations featured lines of text in bold and capital letters that overwhelmed the opt-out language.

The tactic ensnared scores of unsuspecting Trump loyalists — retirees, military veterans, nurses and even experienced political operatives. Soon, banks and credit card companies were inundated with fraud complaints from the president’s own supporters about donations they had not intended to make, sometimes for thousands of dollars. …

This news story speaks volumes.

That Pussygrabber is a soulless flim-flam man always was as clear and as bright as the sun to me, but, by God, did he entrap untold millions in his greatest scam: becoming “president” (despite having lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes in 2016; even his having become “president” was just another in an endless series of his scams).

That Pussygrabber not only doesn’t give a flying fuck about the fucktards who ardently support him is one thing, but it’s Pussygrabber that we’re talking about here, so not only does he not give a shit about them, but he steals from thembigly.

Think of the incredible amount of sheer contempt that you’d have to have for your own followers to create a scam in which you lead them to think that giving you money somehow is going to Save The Republic and/or get them into white-people heaven or the like, yet all along your only intent has been to take much more money from them than they’d realized you were going to take, doing so by hiding behind small print and sneaky check-boxes.

Thing is, does information like this change the average Pussygrabberian’s mind about Pussygrabber? I doubt it. Probably only those who were scammed themselves (read the full New York Times article to learn about more of Pussygrabber’s victims) have a different opinion of El Anaranjado now.

I do and I don’t blame Pussygrabber’s victims for his victimization of them.

Again, to me it’s always been clear that Pussygrabber is a con man on crack (maybe literally). I wouldn’t trust Pussygrabber to tell me what color the sky is. Yet millions of people still believe in him and believe him, despite the mountain ranges of evidence to the contrary.

I’m thinking that a great many of Pussygrabber’s True Believers have deep and persistent issues, such as mental health issues (including personality disorders and the big one, schizophrenia), substance abuse issues and cognitive development issues (that is, they’re fucktards).

And it must be the law, law enforcement and the criminal justice system (such as it is, especially concerning whitecollar crime) that protects the idiots among us (and they are legion) from the likes of Pussygrabber.

In everyone’s defense, I don’t think that the nation had seen a “president” quite like Pussygrabber ever before. Sure, we’d had plenty of shitty presidents, but Pussygrabber took it to a whole new level.

Indeed, over the past few years we’ve been sickened with two (at least relatively) new viruses, Pussygrabber and the novel coronavirus.

You get a mulligan when you don’t handle a brand-new crisis very well — because you’ve never seen that type of animal before — but once you’ve seen and have had to deal with the problem, you have zero excuse if it comes around again and it harms you again.

Such as with the novel coronavirus; we’re heading into the fourth spike of the COVID-19 pandemic — because three spikes in the past year just weren’t enough to teach us a damned fucking thing.

(This fourth spike comes as no surprise to me; the images of the incredibly careless crowds coming out of the area of Florida near Pussygrabber’s tomb aside, even here in California, where it’s said that all of us socialist robots dutifully wear our Democrat-mandated anti-freedom face masks, for a while now I have seen so many people in public, and coming within just a few feet of others, wearing no mask at all or having their nose fully exposed, which is just like cutting off the tip of a condom. It’s been said, and I agree, that it’s not a face mask, but it’s an IQ test, but then again, the dumb herd probably has needed some culling for some time now…)

Then we naturally come back around to the virus that is Pussygrabber.

If we Americans can have a fourth spike of COVID-19 in only a year’s time, what’s to prevent the next fascist, psychopathic virus from becoming “president” and injecting his or her deadly genetic material into the body politic, sickening the entire nation?

Is the national body politic now immune to a variant of the Pussygrabber-like virus because we’ve learned our lesson from the first infection with the Pussgyrabber virus?

History suggests that our immunity, if any, will be remarkably short-lived.

Happy Easter. Pussygrabber remains in his tomb — for now. Let’s hope that he never rises again.

Of course, we can and we should do a lot more than just hope; we can and we should do our best to prevent that from ever happening, whether it’s the same old Pussygrabber virus trying to make a comeback or one of its variants trying mostly the same playbook.

It’s in our hands.

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Pussygrabber kills again

Officials with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office remove a body from the Gold Spa massage parlor after a shooting on Piedmont Road in Atlanta [Erik S. Lesser/EPA]
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Officials with a county medical examiner’s office remove a body from one of three Atlanta-area massage parlors where a young white man shot and killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, on Tuesday. Former “President” Pussygrabber, seeking to scapegoat Asians for his own stunning failure to effectively deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic, contributed heavily to the anti-Asian sentiment that is taking lives.

Admittedly, when word first started coming out that Asian Americans and others of Asian descent were being victimized in racist attacks within the U.S., I was a bit dubious. In my everyday life I don’t hear anti-Asian sentiment expressed — per the U.S. Census Bureau, 19 percent of those who live in the California city where I live are of Asian descent, compared to only 6 percent of all people nationwide — and the anecdotal stories just didn’t jibe with my own observations.

Of course, I wouldn’t associate with someone who expressed anti-Asian sentiment. We do, over time, cultivate our own personal social environments; it’s kind of like the idiots who claim that of course former “President” Pussygrabber actually won “re”-election in 2020 — because they don’t know anyone who voted for Joe Biden!

Attacks on Asian Americans and others of Asian descent on U.S. soil are quite undeniable now, however. We have video. (In the case of the video that I just linked to, in San Francisco recently, an elderly woman of Asian descent fought back against her 39-year-old white-male accused attacker, who apparently quite karmically actually was taken away in a stretcher.)

And the “woke” war on whitey is ongoing, I know fully well, but know that not all of the attacks on Asian Americans are committed by stupid white men; a 28-year-old black man has been charged with attacking elderly Asian Americans in Oakland’s Chinatown. And also in Oakland, a 26-year-old black man has been charged with the murder of an elderly man of Asian descent; police say that the murder defendant “has a history of victimizing elderly Asian people.”

To my knowledge it hasn’t been determined whether the black men’s immediate motive was race-based hatred or robbery (perhaps seeing elderly Asian individuals as easy pickings).

But racism has to play a role in many if not most (if not almost all) assaults on those of Asian descent; it’s in the background if it’s not also in the foreground.

Robert Aaron Long, 21 years old and white, will live in infamy for having gunned down eight people in three massage parlors in the Atlanta area on Tuesday. Six of his eight gun-murder victims were women of Asian descent.

Long has claimed that he perpetrated his massacre not out of race-based hatred, but out of the pain and suffering stemming from his “sexual addiction.” (Women always are to blame for heterosexual men’s horniness, aren’t they?)

Clearly, to Long, the lives of women of Asian descent were disposable (or he wouldn’t have disposed of them), and that’s because in the conservative white-male culture, women aren’t full human beings, and Asian women are even less so. Asian women — many of whom are demure and submissive (or who at least are perceived as such) — are here for our use, after all!

In the background of all of this is the fact that former “President” Pussygrabber frequently spouted off racist, xenophobic words that of course his mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging followers (and even just some dull-minded people listening to him) were going to take as carte blanche to attack those of Asian descent.

As I noted on December 31, I tried to watch then-“President” Pussygrabber’s New Year’s address, but I could not, as I immediately was turned off by his sickening use of the phrase “the China virus.” I wrote:

I came across a YouTube video of Pussygrabber’s New Year message. I wanted to know how much of it I could stomach. I mustered up my courage and started to watch the video.

The results of my experiment? I literally couldn’t stomach even a full 15 seconds of it.

By 15 seconds in, Pussygrabber uses the phrase “the China virus” to refer to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19.

Seriously, after I heard “the China virus,” I’d had more than enough already; I was done, sick to my stomach already, and I clicked out of the video and I don’t intend to ever watch any more of it.

So much is propagandistically packed into those three “little” words: “the China virus.” …

So [the ignorant mangling of the English language to use the noun “China” as an adjective] hits me immediately with “the China virus,” but then, secondly, there is the xenophobia and the racism that “the China virus” is supposed to evoke. That’s some sick fucking shit. Adolf Hitler had his Jews. Coming into the White House, “President” Pussygrabber had Mexican immigrants as his own personal Jews; leaving the White House, Pussygrabber has Asians as his own personal Jews.

Scapegoating is a hallmark of fascism. This is why Pussygrabber makes me sick to my stomach: because fucking fascists make me sick to my stomach.

And, I noted then, “it’s far from definitively scientifically concluded that the novel coronavirus actually originated in China. Maybe it did; maybe it did not.”

Even if it did, however, of course there is no link between the original nation of the novel coronavirus and the people of Asian descent whom you see on the street.

But, of course, those who are going to verbally and physically attack innocent others aren’t known for their intellect.

Still, it’s up to all of us to change the environment in which some people believe it’s OK to attack a person of Asian descent — just for being a person of Asian descent.

I should have registered my December 31 objection to Pussygrabber’s use of “the China virus” (and “the kung flu”) more forcefully, and as a nation, we collectively should have called Pussygrabber out, loudly, back then. Instead, we fairly allowed ourselves to become inured to his casual fascism and racism.*

Shame on Pussygrabber, shame on his fascist, fucktarded followers (redundant), and shame on all of us for not doing more to protect every individual from being attacked because of his or her or their very being.

We’re not a free nation until all of us are free.

*Well, in fairness to all of us, in November we did vote the piece of shit out of office by more than 7 million votes…

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Dear DINO Princess Kyrsten Sinema: I want my fucking $30 back!

Democrat in name only U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona gives a literal thumbs-down vote on raising the federal minimum wage to $15. We need to give Sinema — who of course never would even try to live on even $15 an hour herself — a thumbs-down vote by giving her a viable challenger from the left when she faces her next primary election in 2024. (The nausea-inducing video of Sinema’s actual princess-like, way-too-fucking-cute curtsy while voting down a more liveable wage for Americans can be seen here.)

I don’t at all understand “Democratic” U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. The Democrats hold only 50 seats in the U.S. Senate, yet she must vote as a Repugnican.

Sinema’s latest outrage is having cavalierly given a literal John McCain-like thumbs-down vote against raising the federal minimum wage to $15. What the fucking fuck?

I lived in Arizona for the first 30 years of my life. I’ll always remember Arizona fondly as one of our most backasswards states, and surely it would have been a slave state had slavery extended that far West. (Indeed, I’m sure that wage slavery reigns there still.)

I fully understand that an Arizona Democrat is nothing like a California Democrat (I’ve lived here in California for more than 20 years now since I moved away from Arizona for good); most Arizona Democrats, even the supposedly most left-leaning ones, are like California’s moderate Repugnicans.

But newly minted U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona, also a Democrat, voted for the $15 minimum wage — and literally displayed a thumbs-up to register his vote.

So why does Kelly feel comfortable siding with the poor and the working class, but Sinema does not? Is she that much of a spoiled fucking princess? (That was rhetorical, but the answer very apparently is a resounding yes. [I mean, the video speaks a million words.])

Sinema also is one of two U.S. “Democratic” senators who reportedly oppose eliminating the filibuster.

If the filibuster — the anti-democratic and anti-Democratic requirement that legislation needs a super-majority of 60 votes or more to pass the U.S. Senate (and which is not provided for in the U.S. Constitution) — is not eliminated, then President Joe Biden will get nothing even remotely progressive passed.

And consequently, the Democrats will lose the U.S. House of Representatives, and perhaps also the U.S. Senate, in November 2022. And former “President” Pussygrabber’s chances of becoming “president” again in November 2024 will be greater than they otherwise would have been had President Biden been able to make America a little bit greater again.

The Democratic establishment sorely needs to have a come-to-fucking-Jesus chat with Sinema.

And not just to pick on Sinema — the other “Democrat” in the Senate who loves the filibuster, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, also needs to decide if he wants to be a Democrat or a Repugnican. If you love the Repugnican agenda — under which the majority of the American people socioeconomically languish while the already-filthy-rich laugh even louder all the way to the bank — then become a fucking Repugnican.

In the meantime, I regret the small donation of $30 that I gave Sinema to help get her elected. (That $30 would have represented two hours of labor under the minimum wage that to Her Highness is just too high.) Sinema was running for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat and I actually believed that she would legislate as a Democrat. I’d love my money back, because the Repugnican-loving princess-bitch-sorority chick fucking punk’d me.

If I pick on Sinema more than on Manchin, that’s probably because we, the people, very probably can unseat Sinema much more easily than we can unseat Manchin.

Manchin’s very red, very backasswards state of West Virginia in November 2020 went to former “President” Pussygrabber, 68.6 percent to 29.7 percent. That being the case, I wish that Manchin would just go over to the dark side already and call himself a Repugnican, since that’s what he already is. (Of course, it would be nice if Manchin would switch parties after the Democrats have a solid majority in the Senate, but if he’s not on board with anything remotely progressive anyway, such as eliminating the obsolete, antiquated and anti-democratic filibuster, what difference does it fucking make if he remains a “Democrat”?)

Sinema’s state of Arizona, however, went to Joe Biden in November 2020, albeit narrowly, 49.4 percent to 49.1 percent. I don’t see that she has nearly the same political pressure to vote like a Repugnican that Manchin does.

And again, Kelly and Sinema go before the very same electorate, yet why is Kelly acting like a Democrat (at least like a moderate Democrat) and Sinema is acting like a fucking Repugnican?

Until and unless Little Princess Let Them Eat Cake Kyrsten does a 180 — which I don’t see her doing — she gets not another penny from me, and if she has an actually Democratic challenger when she is up for re-election in 2024, I will support her most progressive yet most viable challenger.

Thus far I’ve given Mark Kelly $35, and after I post this I’m going to give him another donation of $25.

There needs to be rewards for our elected officials working for the people — and punishments for their treasonously working against the people and for our plutocratic overlords.

That’s the only way for us, the people, to take our country back: We need to say sayonara to the Sinemas.

P.S. Donation of $25 to Mark Kelly made.

You can donate to him also if you wish to; go to ActBlue.com and type in “Mark Kelly” in the search bar, and give to Mark Kelly “AZ-Sen 2022.” Yes, Kelly is up for election again in 2022, just next year, yet he voted yes on a more liveable minimum wage.

P.P.S. To be fair even to DINO Sinema, she issued a statement indicating that her main problem with the vote on raising the federal minimum wage to $15 was that it was coupled with COVID-19 relief and that she thinks that a minimum-wage increase should be pursued via separate legislation.

I am unmoved. Again, her fellow senator for the state of Arizona voted yes and he’s up for election again next year.

In any event, there is no excuse for Sinema not comporting herself like a U.S. senator, but comporting herself — acting and dressing — like a little teenaged bitch-princess when millions upon millions of real people’s lives are on the line. She’s 44 years old and it’s sickening.

And finally, to be fair even to the late John McCain, he was giving a thumbs-down to evil (to abolishing the Affordable Care Act without anything to replace it). Sinema, of course, was giving a thumbs-down to doing the right thing.

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Newsom recall proponents probably are lying about their numbers — and will scream ‘fraud!’ when they fail

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The usual suspects gather petition signatures to try to trigger a recall election that would oust Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom. But while California’s Repugnicans are loud and obnoxious, not even a full one-fourth of the state’s registered voters are Repugnicans, and a snowball has a better chance in hell than they have of seeing Newsom ejected and replaced by a Repugnican.

The corporately owned and controlled “news” media apparently want California Gov. Gavin Newsom to be recalled. Why? It’s wonderful sociopolitical conflict that could drag on for months, and the irony of the governor of the nation’s largest blue state being booted and replaced by a Repugnican (not going to happen!) is great click bait and helps ratings, and thus is good for the media’s profiteering.

But, alas, the math apparently just isn’t there for the Newsom recall proponents.

Newsweek is an excellent example of misreporting on this issue — whether it’s journalistic incompetence or intentional misrepresentation I’m not sure, but Newsweek has gone downhill over the past many years (since The Washington Post Company cut it loose in 2010), nonetheless.

Newsweek, in a recent piece titled “Gavin Newsom Edges Toward Recall as Officials Accept More Than 80 Percent of Signatures,” focuses on the fact that the Newsom recall proponents thus far have had a high rate of recall petition signatures accepted as valid.

The proponents have done well with their signature validity rate thus far — the California Secretary of State’s office reports that of those signatures put under the verification process thus far, 83.7 percent of them have been deemed valid, a comparatively high validity rate for such a petition. (For their signatures to be declared valid, the recall-election signatories have to be registered to vote at the residential address that they provide on the recall petition, and their signature on the petition must match their voter registration signature.)

But it’s not your validity rate that gets your recall effort on the ballot — it’s getting the number of required valid signatures that gets your recall effort on the ballot. (Fucking duh…)

Despite the Newsom recall effort’s bad website claiming (as I type this sentence) that the recall proponents have obtained “more than 1.6 million signed petitions,” per the state’s secretary of state’s office, the proponents had submitted only 1,094,457 raw (that is, unverified) signatures as of February 5.

I believe that the recall proponents have been lying for some time about the number of raw signatures that they have obtained. Why? Probably to give the false impression that they’re doing significantly better than they are (no one wants to back a losing effort, right?) — and, of course, to get money. Indeed, apparently based upon the recall proponents’ apparent chronic lying about their rate of success in obtaining the necessary signatures, the Repugnican National Committee earlier this month gave the recall effort $250,000 and the state Repugnican Party gave it $125,000.

Let’s continue with the math. For making the math easier, we’ll round up the recall proponents’ validity rate to 84 percent. So if 84 percent of the signatures from here on out remain valid, that means that 16 percent of the signatures from here on out will be declared invalid.

So, to get their number of valid signatures, the recall proponents need an amount of raw signatures equaling 1.16 times the total number of valid signatures that they need (to make up for the deficit caused by the invalid signatures).

They need 1,495,709 valid signatures to get their recall election; 1,495,709 times 1.16 is 1,735,022. So they’d need about that many raw (unverified) signatures to ensure that in the end they get the required number of valid signatures.

But, again, as of February 5, they had obtained only 1,094,457 raw signatures, per the state secretary of state’s office. Think about this: From June 10, when they first started gathering signatures, through February 5 — that’s more than seven and a half months (and almost eight months) — they were able to gather only 1,094,457 raw signatures. Yet between February 5 and their deadline of March 17, they’re going to get the remaining 640,565 signatures that they need?

That’s pretty fucking unlikely, in my book.

Why? For two reasons.

One, again, look how long it took them to get 1,094,457 signatures (almost eight months), yet in the not even full month and half between February 5 and March 17 they’re going to get the rest (again, 640,565 of them)?

Two, the lion’s share of the bat-shit crazy, Pussygrabberian Repugnicans in California (all of whom have Newsom Derangement Syndrome) already have signed a recall petition, I’m sure; the recall ringleaders already have obtained the low-hanging fruit, I’m sure, and after almost eight months, they were able to obtain only 63 percent of the 1,735,022 signatures that they need.

Again, I believe that the recall proponents have been lying for some time now about how many recall-petition signatures they have collected. Their website now says they have collected more than 1.6 million signatures, but for several weeks now the website has reported that they’ve collected more than 1.3 million signatures. (That figure reported on their website’s home page kept going up: first it was more than 1.3 million, then more than 1.4 million, then more than 1.5 million, and today, more than 1.6 million. Yet as of February 5 they didn’t have even 1.1 million raw signatures, per the secretary of state’s office.)

Unless the recall proponents, for whatever reason(s), have been sitting on hundreds of thousands of signatures until their final March 17 deadline, there is no fucking way that they haven’t been blatantly lying about their numbers for at least several weeks now.

If you feel that you have to lie like this, then you probably know that you’re probably going to lose.

Of course, being Pussygrabberians, I fully expect the recall proponents to falsely claim, when it’s finally announced that they didn’t get their required number of valid signatures to trigger a gubernatorial recall election, that no, they actually did — and that it’s only because of “fraud” that their Repugnican pipe dream, their little Repugnican vanity project that is the effort to recall Newsom, failed miserably, just as Pussygrabberism failed miserably.

Yes, they’ll scream “fraud!” It’s quite predictable.

Never mind that California is an overwhelmingly blue state, with 46 percent of its voters registered as Democrats to only 24 percent of them registered as Repugnicans, and that Gavin Newsom in November 2018 beat his pathetic Repugnican challenger 62 percent to 38 percent, and that in November 2020, Joe Biden beat Pussygabber in California 64 percent to 34 percent.

Never mind that the central issue that the Repugnicans are trying to use to take Newsom down — the novel coronavirus pandemic — raged unabated under former “President” Pussygrabber (the U.S. death toll now is just a few thousand shy of 500,000), and that without any real leadership in a national crisis from a so-called president, any state’s governor is limited in how much he or she can do (which every Californian voter with at least two brain cells to rub together knows).

Never mind that even if we’re going to try to blame the novel coronavirus pandemic on Gavin Newsom, the daily new cases of and the daily deaths from COVID-19 are falling quickly both nationally and in California. Here are the latest graphs with California’s numbers from the California Department of Public Health:

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The Repugnicans — always willing to put a good crisis to use for their own personal and political gain, just like their Nazi forebears — could try to use COVID-19 against Newsom only as long as COVID-19 was worsening. That’s not the case now. And, of course, it’s awfully ironic that the very same set of anti-science, “freedom!”-screaming assholes who refuse to wear face masks in public and to follow other common-sense COVID-19 prevention measures would then pretend that they care so much about stopping the pandemic.

And it’s also ironic that, according to the Newsom recall proponents’ “thinking,” the voters of California are going to turn over the governorship of the state to the very same batch of Pussygrabberian brain-damaged flying monkeys who just last month attacked the U.S. Capitol in a treasonous effort to try to reverse the decisive results of the 2020 presidential election.

No, you see; despite all of this, if it’s officially declared — as it probably will be — that the Newsom recall proponents didn’t get their state-constitutionally required number of signatures to get their little recall election, the only possible explanation could be “fraud!”

Oh, well; let the fucktarded, wingnutty traitors have their little fucking tantrum.

It didn’t change the results of the 2020 presidential election, and it won’t get them their little recall election.

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Pussygrabber lost bigly in the more important court: the court of public opinion

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Then-“President” Pussygrabber celebrates his first bullshit acquittal by the U.S. Senate a year ago. Sure, he got his two acquittals from the wildly partisan “jurors” of the U.S. Senate — and the 67-vote requirement for a conviction in the Senate is ridiculously high — but in so doing, he lost his party the White House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and has set the party on a downward spiral from which it may or may never recover. Talk about your pyrrhic “victories.” (Hey, Repugnicans: Has it been worth it?)

“No, Trump wasn’t convicted,” writes the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “But [yesterday] he suffered the most bipartisan vote ever in favor of convicting a president at an impeachment trial — and one of the most significant rebukes of a president in American history. That’s hardly nothing.”

I wholeheartedly agree.

Virtually no one actually had thought that 67 U.S. senators, in a 50-50 U.S. Senate, would convict former “President” Pussygrabber for his treasonous incitement of seditious insurrection in Washington, D.C., on January 6, even though his crimes were broadcast all over the world in real time. But it was worth it to follow through with the impeachment and the “trial” in the Senate for at least a few reasons.*

First and foremost, had there been no consequences for what the treasonous Pussygrabber did on January 6 (and in the months [and in even the years] before it, which calculatingly built up to it), that would have given any future fascist (such as, say, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio) the green light to try to repeat what Pussygrabber pulled on January 6 — only maybe (more) successfully next time.

But even though Pussygrabber was “acquitted,” a strong majority of the Senate (57 senators) did find him guilty as charged. And despite the wholly predictable bullshit technical “acquittal,” the “trial” in the Senate was politically devastating not only for Pussygrabber, but for the Repugnican Party.

The Repugnican Party had been counting on the events of January 6 being quietly swept entirely under the rug; usually the Repugnicans can count on getting off scot-free for their treason and other political crimes and their dereliction of duty to the American people, but not this time.

Indeed, it’s already being widely reported — such as here and here — that tens of thousands of registered voters already have left the Repugnican Party. (If that doesn’t sound like all that many voters to you, keep in mind that in November, Joe Biden won the pivotal states of Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin — and their critical electoral votes — by a combined total of not even 50,000 votes.) Time will tell how many in all end up leaving the Repugnican Party (of course most of the Repugnicans fleeing the party become independents, not Democrats, by the way), but I’d say that at least for the time being, the Repugnican Party is in the shitter, and that except among Pussygrabber’s mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging die-hard supporters, being aligned with Pussygrabberism makes you widely socially undesirable.

Most of the damage done to the Repugnican Party is, I think, invisible. Yes, under Pussygrabber, the Repugnicans lost first the U.S. House of Representatives, then the White House, and then the U.S. Senate. And yes, yesterday the largest bipartisan group of U.S. senators in U.S. history — and a clear majority of them — voted to convict a (former) “president” of an impeachment charge.

Those were all quite visible things, but invisibly are the millions of American voters who have soured on the Repugnican Party, mostly moderate Repugnicans and independents. Even many if not even most of those who still are Pussygrabberian true believers might keep their stupid fucking mouths shut in polite company in the current national political climate, in which newly minted President Joe Biden’s approval rating already is higher than Pussygrabber’s ever was at any point in his long national nightmare of a “presidency.” (Gallup, for example, put Biden’s initial approval rating at 57 percent — while the best that Pussygrabber ever got in a Gallup poll was 49 percent.)

It’s too early to say with certainty what the fate of the Repugnican Party will be, but I could see a self-reinforcing downward spiral, a death spiral, ultimately destroying the party. If fewer and fewer people are willing to openly admit being a Repugnican because they don’t want to be pariahs, the number of Repugnicans could diminish rapidly — and exponentially, in the best-case scenario.

We’ll see.

One thing that is predictable is that Pussygrabber’s political career is over. Even if a state or federal court of law never convicts him of one or more of his many felonies and he doesn’t die behind bars — which is the minimum punishment that he deserves for his treason and other crimes against the nation (indeed, he never was a president, but only ever was a mob boss in chief) — he’ll never be “president” again. Even if he were decades younger than his 74 years, he’d never sit behind the big desk in the Oval Office again.

I mean, fuck, first, he lost the popular vote in 2016 by almost 3 million votes. He never was legitimately the president in the first fucking place, in my book, as the majority of American voters did not vote for him. Then, as “president,” his approval rating (among reputable, unbiased polling outfits) never hit even 50 percent. Then, he lost the popular vote again, in 2020, only this time by more than twice as much as he’d lost it in 2016.

(And, again, under his watch, despite his previous promises about so much “winning,”** his party lost the U.S. House of Representatives in the election of November 2018, lost the White House in the election of November 2020, and lost control of the U.S. Senate in the election for the two Senate seats for Georgia early last month, a day before Pussygrabber’s band of flying brain-dead monkeys attacked the U.S. Capitol.)

If Pussygrabber 2024 is the best that the Repugnican Party could do in 2024, then I’d say that you safely can stick a fork in the Repugnican Party, because it’s fucking done.

And of course in order to try to stay in power, Pussygrabber only ultimately could try to resort to violent sedition — committed by others, of course; Pussygrabber’s entire biography is one of inducing others to do his dirty work for him — and then suffering the consequences for his felonious, treasonous, precious baby-boomer ass.

A clear majority of the American people reject Pussygrabberism, and the only way for a politically unpopular individual to try to stay in power is to employ the tactics of a dictator — such as to claim, well in advance of an election, that the only way that he could lose the election would be if the election were rigged, so that then, of course, if the fascist does lose the election, of course he will claim that it was rigged. (In other words, it’s impossible for the fascist to lose an election at all, you see. And we’re all just supposed to believe that just because he keeps claiming that.)

I’m not sure that it entirely has sunk into the national consciousness yet, but because he lost yet another presidential election, “President” Pussygrabber tried to stay in power via a coup — a first in U.S. history. Thankfully, Pussygrabber is a fucking moron with the attention span of a gnat on crack, and thankfully, on January 6 he had the support of only basement-dwelling incels who wear animal skins.

Still, it’s the thought that counts — a lame-ass coup attempt is still a coup attempt — and history, and we, the American people, never will forget.

*I only can put the word “trial” in quotation marks because of course you can’t have a fair and impartial criminal trial of a Repugnican “president” (current or former) in the U.S. Senate. In a federal court of law, in which half of the jurors were not sitting Repugnican U.S. senators, Pussygrabber would have been found guilty on the charge of incitement of insurrection, I’m confident.

Again, the events of January 6 played out live in real time for all of the world to see, yet of course 43 of the 50 Repugnicans in the U.S. Senate let Pussygrabber off of the hook — because they’re fucking traitors, just like he is.

I hope that many of those 43 Repugnican traitors (that’s pretty much redundant) lose their next election, in huge part because of the cowardice and the treason that they displayed yesterday, putting their fealty to the failed fascist former “President” Pussygrabber far above the best interests of the United States of America.

**In May 2016, Pussygrabber publicly proclaimed on the campaign trail: “We’re going to win. We’re going to win so much. We’re going to win at trade, we’re going to win at the border. We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning, you’re going to come to me and go, ‘Please, please, we can’t win anymore.’ You’ve heard this one. You’ll say ‘Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don’t want to win anymore. It’s too much. It’s not fair to everybody else.’ And I’m going to say ‘I’m sorry, but we’re going to keep winning, winning, winning; we’re going to make America great again.”

How’s all that “winning” going? Just how did the “project” to “make America great again” go?

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Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom probably is going nowhere

Updated below (on February 11, 2021):

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, pictured above in Los Angeles in December 2020, might be thinking, “You’re going to save my political ass, little vial!”

“President” Pussygrabber finally is gone (good fucking riddance!), so we have to get our overfill of political drama elsewhere these days.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is loads of fun, but really, with her level of clinical cray-cray, there’s only so much entertainment value there; it exhausts itself rather quickly, as there’s not much more beyond, Yeah, she’s a fucking lunatic barking at the moon, but there’s nothing more to see here, so move along now…

Juicier, at least here in California, is the chatter about a possible recall election against Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Full disclosure: I voted for Newsom in 2018. Yes, he’s a bit slick, and no, I’m not wild that he comes from aristocrats, but was he the best candidate for governor that California could cough up? Probably. So I voted for him.

Then along comes the novel coronavirus pandemic, in the beginning of Newsom’s second year as governor. Unfair, but it is what it is.

Has Newsom made some missteps in handling the COVID-19 pandemic? Yes. That said, it’s quite the fucking tightrope to walk, with public-health concerns on one hand and on the other a business community that is in the minority but is vocal and has some money and some power.

Add to that the anti-maskers and the anti-vaxxers — the same death-cult members who demand the “freedom” to infect others with a potentially lethal virus and/but who at the same time demand that we change absolutely nothing about how we go about our daily business — and yeah, fun!

Could anyone else have done a significantly better job managing the pandemic in California than Newsom has done? No, I fucking doubt it.

This is a once-in-a-century pandemic and we’re still undergoing a slow nationwide vaccination campaign, which is mostly out of Newsom’s hands. That and even once we finally get a vaccine in most people’s arms, there’s nothing to stop us from having to do this all over again with a new strain or strains of the novel coronavirus. (Or, yet another virus, such as the flu virus, can mutate into something much more lethal than we’ve seen in a century. Or we even could have more than one kind of lethal virus out in the public at the same time.)

So while it’s fun and easy to blame all of this on Newsom if you’re a Californian (and even if you’re not), if you do that, you have your fucking head up your ass.

Especially if you think that a Repugnican governor would do a better job than Newsom is doing — especially after we just watched Repugnican “President” Pussygrabber do next to fucking nothing about COVID-19, because it was inconvenient to his “re”-election campaign. (COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now exceed 441,000.)

Let’s travel a bit back in time for a moment: In 2003, in a circus-like environment, former Democratic California Gov. Gray Davis was ousted in a gubernatorial recall election and replaced by Repugnican Arnold “Baby Daddy” Schwarzenegger as governor.

People are comparing 2003 to today, but that’s comparing apples to pineapples.

Gray Davis had won a second term as governor in 2002 by only about 5 percentage points over his Repugnican opponent Bill Simon, whose campaign had been a bumbling disaster. Still, Simon still did as well as he did, and so California’s Repugnicans smelled Davis’ blood in the water.

They then used the Enron fiasco, in which Californians were issued sky-high electricity bills and experienced rolling blackouts, as their excuse to boot Davis. Even in his capacity as governor Davis could have done little to nothing about the Enron fiasco, in which Schwarzenegger very apparently participated — only to then replace Davis as governor. (Interesting how that worked out, that Schwarzenegger had met with Enron’s felonious Ken Lay during the manufactured electricity crisis and then later ran to replace Davis as governor, using that manufactured crisis as the “reason” that Davis should go and he should replace him.)

Like the Nazi Party, the Repugnicans love to put a good crisis to good personal and political use (as Schwarzenegger sure the fuck did, even though he distances himself from his father’s Nazism today) — and a good crisis (like the novel coronavirus pandemic) is about the only way that the Repugnicans could win a statewide election in California, 46 percent of whose registered voters are Democrats, only 24 percent of whom are Repugnicans, and 24 percent are independents.

Take a look at two recent statewide elections in California: Newsom won office in November 2018 with 62 percent of the vote to his Repugnican challenger’s paltry 38 percent. And President Joe Biden in November 2020 won California with 63.5 percent of the vote to Pussygrabber’s pathetic 34.3 percent.

Does California really look like it’s just itching to have a Repugnican as its governor?

That said, Newsom’s approval rating has dropped in the wake of COVID-19. One recent poll put his approval rating at 46 percent (again, 46 percent of the state’s registered voters are Democrats, so I think that about 46 percent of California’s voters are Newsom’s base, those who aren’t going to abandon him) and another recent poll put Newsom’s approval rating at 52 percent.

Thing is, it’s COVID-19 fatigue that’s driving Californians to sour on Newsom, but over time, we should see some significant, perhaps even dramatic, improvements in the pandemic, as more and more people are vaccinated. (Only if mutations of the virus enable it to continually defeat the already-developed vaccines, it seems to me, might this thing be more protracted that we might have thought initially, after the initial announcements of the successful development of vaccines.)

In fact, in California we’re already seeing a dramatic drop in new COVID-19 cases. The state’s public-health department’s data show that while daily new cases were in the 40,000s and even the 50,000s just last month, right now they’re in the 20,000s and below. Here is a screenshot of the state’s data from today:

Yes, daily deaths in California are increasing, but obviously those are from people who were infected a little while ago, most of them probably during the holidays, when they failed to keep precautions (indeed, the graph on the left shows that the spike in new cases occurred during the holidays). As new cases plummet, the deaths also will plummet, after a lag time, obviously.

So a crisis is good for the Repugnicans only for as long as it persists, and I’m thinking that even if the proponents of recalling Newsom obtain their necessary 1.5 million valid signatures of registered California voters by their March 17 deadline — if I had to bet money on it, I’d bet that they won’t obtain that many valid signatures — by the time that the gubernatorial election came around, already we’d have seen significant to even dramatic improvement in the novel coronavirus pandemic in California (and nationwide).

Indeed, pundits think that if the Newsom recall election happens, it might not be until November or December of this year. Even the recall proponents (probably optimistically) think that the election would be in August or September.

Even by August, if the current trend of plummeting new cases of COVID-19 in California continues, Newsom’s political fortunes should have seen a remarkable turnaround, since his political problems now are due mostly to the ongoing pandemic.

So will Newsom be recalled?

Given the numbers — the number of registered Democrats vs. registered Repugnicans in the state, how well Newsom did in 2018 and how well Biden just did in California in November, and given the current COVID-19 pandemic trajectory that suggests that it’s entirely possible that California will be fully (or at least significantly) opened again by the time that a gubernatorial recall election even could occur — I think fucking not.

Nice try, though, Repugnicans, to try to force another gubernatorial do-over election in a state in which your party is so unfuckingpopular that not even fully one-fourth of its voters are registered with it.

P.S. On that note, the attempt to recall Newsom began well before The Events of January 6, in which the nation and the world watched, in real time, Pussygrabber’s band of treasonous flying brain-dead monkeys attack the U.S. Capitol to try to reverse the outcome of a decisive presidential election, for fucking fuck’s sake.

The Repugnican brand is in the shitter these days, especially here in California.

Those Repugnicans who think that they actually can take the governorship of California again any year soon are as delusional as is their fellow “patriot” Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Update (February 11, 2021):

Fivethirtyeight.com yesterday posted its analysis of a potential Newsom recall election in a piece titled “California’s Gavin Newsom Will Likely Face a Recall Election — But He’ll Probably Survive It.”

The piece makes many of the same arguments that I did, but does add that in 2003 in California, when former Gov. Gray Davis was recalled, Repugnican voters made up 35 percent of the state’s electorate, compared to only 24 percent of the state’s electorate today — and Democratic voters made up 44 percent in 2003, but are at 46 percent today.

Indeed, the Repugnicans have lost a lot of ground in the state over the past many years, and for that and other reasons, the state’s political landscape today is not what it was back in 2003.

I differ with fivethirtyeight.com in that I, for at least one, haven’t bought into the widespread claim that yes, this recall election probably going to happen.

The recall proponents have been widely, loudly publicizing their claim that they’ve already reached, first, more than 1.3 million signatures, and now, more than 1.4 million signatures, but thus far, the state’s secretary of state’s office has reported not even a half-million verified-valid signatures — and the recall proponents need just shy of 1.5 million verified-valid signatures by March 17.

I don’t automatically believe the very same group of people who have supported former “President” Pussygrabber, QAnon & Co. that they’re on track to get their required 1.5 million verified-valid signatures. They’ve always been nothing but a pack of pathologically lying sociopaths and traitors.

I’ll believe that they got their required signatures only when/if I see it, officially, from the state’s secretary of state’s office.

But the recall proponents have been effective in getting their batshit-crazy right-wing propaganda out there, and believed by many (including, apparently, fivethirtyeight.com); as I noted, the twice-impeached one-termer former “President” Pussygrabber has left a political vacuum, and Newsom has been a convenient target for the Repugnicans to try to get their “revenge.”

I put the chances of the Newsom recall election happening — because the necessary number of verified-valid signatures are gathered by the March 17 deadline — at no more than around 40 percent to 45 percent. Should the recall election happen, I put the chances of Newsom being booted at no more than about 20 percent to 25 percent (and even then, that would have to be with no significant improvement in the novel coronavirus pandemic by the time the recall election happened).

If the Newsom recall does happen, it very probably won’t remove Newsom, but it will waste millions in tax dollars (which the Repugnicans claim they are against) — and only for a Repugnican vanity project — and it will just create even more political drama, as though 2020, which still is spilling over into this year, weren’t enough.

P.S. Here is the graph from the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard from today:

Note that the number of daily new cases of COVID-19 in the state continue to fall dramatically, and that the daily deaths from COVID-19 in the state also are dropping.

As the recall effort fairly hinges on COVID-19, this direction in the pandemic is good for Newsom (and good for the populace of California) and bad for the recall proponents — who, if they manage to get their recall election, will be publicly exposed as the same-old familiar right-wing extremists that they are.

The recall proponents are of the very same ilk of those who treasonously attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 — yet they’d actually have us Californians believe that they’re here to save us. And they think that they’re going to conquer California.

Oh, hell no.

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