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California’s next governor might take office with a minority of the vote — but wouldn’t be governor for very long

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Fascist-Repugnican talk-radio host Larry Elder, shown with his buddy former “President” Pussygrabber in a Tweet that Elder posted himself in July 2018 (and again in October 2020), just might become California’s next governor in the September 14 gubernatorial recall election with millions of fewer votes than the number of votes for current Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep his job — but there’s no way in hell that Elder could win election outright in November 2022, which he’d have to do in order to keep the job.

Having lived here in California since September 1998, I think that I’m qualified to state that with each passing year, I’ve agreed more and more with the assertion that the nation’s most populous state inherently is ungovernable.

Nonetheless, the nation’s most populous state has a governor, and soon, the right-wing nut-job minority of the state might be handed the reins of governance.

California has a gubernatorial recall election — the second one since I’ve lived here — on September 14, and, as two law professors correctly and importantly pointed out a few days ago in a piece in The New York Times, we could see the scenario in which current California Gov. Gavin Newsom loses his job by falling just short of the 50.0 percent of the vote plus one vote that he needs to keep his job. Yet thus far, only 18 percent is the highest that I’ve seen for the candidate who is polling the best of the 46 potential gubernatorial replacement candidates who are on the recall ballot.

This means that even if, say, 49.9 percent of the state’s voters elect to keep Newsom in place, a much smaller amount of voters (say, only around 18 percent of them…) could override the wishes of the much higher amount of voters who essentially had voted for Newsom — and put right-wing nut-job talk-radio host (of course…) Larry Elder (the aforementioned front-runner for Newsom’s job, according to the polling) in the governorship.

This is the dream scenario for the increasingly fascist, increasingly authoritarian, increasingly anti-democratic Repugnican Party: rule over the majority by the minority. (Indeed, we saw this in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote yet loser George W. Bush became “president,” and in 2016, when Billary Clinton won the popular vote, yet loser Pussygrabber became “president.”)

Politico reports on this issue: “‘The [recall-election] ballots are out, so I don’t think a judge is going to unwind this [election],’ said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School. A [law]suit could be more ripe after the election, she said, if it turns out that Newsom loses but receives more votes than the winner of the recall.”

Indeed, that’s exactly what should happen if a “new” “governor” is put into place by a smaller number of voters than the number of voters who voted to keep Newsom: it should be challenged in court as unconstitutional, violating the democratic principle that the candidate who wins the higher number of votes is the one who wins the election (any other outcome is blatantly anti-democratic, and yes, for that reason, the antiquated, blatantly anti-democratic Electoral College must go, too).

In the meantime, California’s recall process needs to be fixed so that the will of the higher number of voters always fucking prevails. (Even just requiring a run-off election — instead of allowing a candidate with a small plurality of the vote to become governor — would be an improvement in California’s recall process.) This is, after all, supposedly, a democracy.

Of course, even if fascist-Repugnican Larry Elder becomes the next governor — and his lovely political stances include opposing a minimum wage, opposing the right to an abortion, opposing the idea that there is systemic racism in the United States, and, of course, being a fucking homophobe — he very most likely wouldn’t be governor for very long, and in the quite foreseeable future we even could see the return of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Why?

Because if Newsom is recalled, that doesn’t mean that he could not run for governor again, even in the next cycle, which is next year; he could if he wanted to. And regardless of who wins the September 14 gubernatorial recall election, whoever wants to be governor as of January 2023 must run in the regularly scheduled June 2022 gubernatorial primary election and be one of the top-two vote-getters in that primary election to be able to move on to the November 2022 gubernatorial general election — and then must win that election, too.

I don’t see any Repugnican doing that, not in a state whose voters are 46.5 percent Democratic to only 24 percent Repugnican at last count. Indeed, so deep blue is California that Newsom won election in 2018 by 62 percent to his pathetic Repugnican challenger’s 38 percent, and Joe Biden won California by 63.5 percent to Pussygrabber’s 34 percent.

Despite these daunting numbers, however, fully expect the fascist-Repugnicans to claim that if Newsom keeps his job, as he probably will, it was only because of “election fraud.” (An election is legitimate only if the fascist “wins,” you see; that is a central tenet of fascism, as we’ve seen played out as Pussygrabber & Co. still fascistically, treasonously and anti-democratically claim that Pussygrabber actually won the 2020 presidential election despite having lost it by more than 7 million votes.)

Newsom could lose his job in next month’s recall election, though; for quite a while now California’s voters have been run through the fucking wringer, as California experiences perhaps an unprecedented number of big problems all at the same time, including wildfires (mostly in the northern part of the state, along with Oregon), recurring drought, a serious lack of affordable housing and rampant homelessness* and, of course, probably first and foremost in most voters’ minds, the never-ending novel coronavirus pandemic that probably would have been over by now had the mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, MAGA-cap-wearing fucktards** not have tried to turn efforts to beat the pandemic (such as by the use of the three available vaccines and the use of face masks) into some backasswards tribal, political statement.

I mean, it’s ironic that the Repugnicans help to create the problem, such as the wholly unnecessary and wholly preventable extension of the COVID-19 pandemic, and then seek to benefit politically from the problem that they helped create, but we’ve seen this page from the fascist’s playbook before, such as with the Reichstag fire (and even with the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, in which Repugnican Arnold “Baby Daddy” Schwarzenegger had had a secret meeting with Enron — and then used Enron’s raping of the state via a manufactured electricity crisis to get himself into the governorship in that recall election).

Whatever California’s big problems are now, however, under a fascist-Repugnican like Larry Elder (who wholeheartedly supports former “President” Pussygrabber, of course), the state would get even worse.

Therefore, of course I’ll be voting “NO” on Gavin Newsom’s recall, probably within the week (I should receive my vote-by-mail ballot within the next few days and probably will mail it back within a day or two).

I’m not wild about Gavin Newsom — I’m a “Bernie bro,” not a Democratic Party hack (indeed, I’m registered as an independent because I have real fucking problems with the pro-corporate, income-inequality-loving-but-nauseatingly-“woke” Democratic Party establishment) — but right now Newsom (for whom I did vote in November 2018) is our best bet to be at the helm of the nation’s most populous state (which, because it has the highest number of people, of course should have the highest number of problems…).

If we Californians think that we have it bad now, all that we need to do is to allow a Repugnican to take the reins — even if for only a relatively short period of time.

*California has only about 12 percent of the nation’s population, yet has about a quarter of the nation’s homeless. The fascist-Repugnicans like to say that this is because California is an inherently failed state, but no, clearly, homeless people are coming to California from other (I surmise mostly red) states, knowing that much if not most of California not only has a more favorable climate that do most other states, but that California isn’t nearly as mean-spirited toward the homeless as most other (supposedly “Christian”) states are.

**Indeed, it seems to me that Afghanistan right now is being overrun by its own type of teatard/Pussygrabber-loving/Q-Anon/anti-vax animals. Indeed, the only difference between the members of the Taliban (“Islamofascists”) and the “Christo”fascists here in the United States is the content of their backasswards religious beliefs. Otherwise, they’re remarkably similar, including their hatred of democracy, science, logic, reason, human rights, actual religious freedom, etc.

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Memo to Jon Voight: I prefer civil war over tyranny of the minority — BITCH!

Updated below (Saturday, August 22, 2009)

Wingnut Jon Voight (in stills from the 2007 film “September Dawn”) says that democratically established government-run health care is a call for another civil war. I say: let’s give the treasonous wingnuts the Civil War re-enactment that they seem to want.

Jon Voight (Angelina Jolie’s daddy), one of the few wingnutty actors the wingnuts can get them to speak for their “cause” — and actors are always bad unless they support the Repugnicans/wingnuts, dontchya know — says in an interview with the wingnut rag The Washington Times that those who want a government-run health care option are just asking for another civil war.

Wow. Think of that: In November 2008 we got the first legitimately elected president of the United States since 1996. Fifty-three percent of Americans chose Barack Obama and 46 percent chose Repugnican John McCainosaurus. (For those who could only talk about the Electoral College count when Repugnican George W. Bush stole office in 2000 after Democrat Al Gore won more than a half-million more of the popular votes than Bush did, Obama won 365 of the Electoral College votes to McCainosaurus’ 173.)

The American people spoke in November 2008. They elected Barack Obama by a margin too large for the Repugnicans to be able to steal a third presidential election in a row.

Obama had promised to reform health care. The majority of Americans elected him to do just that.

Whatever health care reform might pass the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate would be a result of a majority vote of the representatives elected by the American people.

This is called democracy, folks.

But when democracy doesn’t go the wingnuts’ way, they call it “tyranny” or “socialism” or “liberal fascism” or the like.

The wingnuts are now even bringing guns to appearances by the president.

Yet Voight and his ilk claim that it’s Obama’s supporters who want a civil war.

Obama’s supporters are the majority of the American people. Fifty-three percent of the American people voted for him in November 2008 and national polls taken this month put his favorability rating around 60 percent. More than 50 percent of Americans in national polls taken this month approve of the job that Obama is doing.

The concept of “the majority rules” was perfectly fine with the wingnuts when the unelected Bush regime was in power for eight long, dark and disastrous years. Now that a Democrat has been elected to the White House — and a black one at that — the Repugnicans/wingnuts are screaming for minority rule.

Another civil war?

You fucking betcha!

Bring it on, bitches!

When these tyrants — the minority who think they can run roughshod over the majority, which is the very definition of tyranny — are bringing guns to political events in order to intimidate those who disagree with them with the threat of violence or even the threat of death, it’s time to fucking knock them down.

Violence is all that they understand; let’s speak back to them in their mother tongue. The future of the nation — and of the world — is too much on the brink for Gandhian nonviolence. We no longer have the time for that pussyfooted bullshit.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again: If the wingnutty minority wants a rematch of the Civil War, let’s fucking give it to them. And let’s finish the job this time.

P.S. Another image that I found while searching for images for this post:

larger_voight2.jpg image by VONPIP

Sadly, I’m not sure whether the creator of this little image is for or is against what Voight stands for… I mean, you hope that it’s satire, but…

Update (Saturday, August 22, 2009)

I guess that I’d better get myself a copy of this old book so that I can do my part in creating a liberally fascist United States of America with my Obama-lovin’ comrades.

While looking at amazon.com’s top 100 best-selling book titles just now, I noticed that the rather obscure Rules for Radicals by some guy named Saul Alinksy is, as I type this sentence, No. 47 on amazon’s list.

Why would a book first published back in 1971 be on the list now?

Well, it might be related to Jon Voight. In his interview with right-wing rag The Washington Times that I made mention of above, among other things Voight states: “Do not let the Obama administration fool you with all their cunning Alinsky methods. And if you don’t know what that method is, I implore you to get the book Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky. Mr. Obama is very well trained in these methods.”

OK, so yes, if memory serves, I have seen a battered paperback copy of Rules for Radicals in a progressive used bookstore near my residence, but even I, a foaming-at-the-mouth moonbat, didn’t buy it, since I’d figured, given its copyright date, its information had to be dated and its relevance long faded.

But apparently Rules for Radicals is the socialist’s handbook for the socialist takeover of the nation from stupid white men like Jon Voight.

Calling Barack Obama a radical — oh, puhfuckinglease! The Democrats have much more “political capital” now than the unelected Bush regime did after the Bush regime “won” “re”-election in November 2004 with only 50.7 percent of the popular vote to Democrat John Kerry’s 48.3 percent but called that a “mandate” that gave them a shitload of “political capital” anyway. But the Democrats are pussies who refuse to wield the power that they have gained at the voting booth.

George W. Bush — now there was a radical, stealing elections and starting a bogus war and almost putting the nation into another Great Depression because all that he did on the domestic front for eight long disastrous unelected years was to aid and abet his super-rich white buddies.

Anyway, I surmise that far more paranoid wingnuts (I know, that’s redundant) are actually buying Rules for Radicals than are left-wingers, and I’m not sure whether Voight started the trend or whether he was just parroting what he’d heard from the right-wing noise machine.

But do the wingnuts really want to resurrect from the tomb the sales of an obscure left-wing tome?

Admittedly, I’ve been tempted to buy some of the best-selling wingnut titles in order to see what “arguments” the enemy is making (that is, what fucking bold-faced lies they are telling), but I’ve yet to do so. When I weigh satisfying my curiosity against actually enriching these wingnuts by buying their books for which trees actually died, the majority of these wingnuts being stupid white men (exceptions include Ann Cunter and Michelle Malkin, who are stupid white men trapped in women’s bodies), I find that I just can’t do the latter.

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