Last week California was showered with editorials criticizing state Democrats for their underhanded retroactive gimping of the recall process to protect state senator Josh Newman.
Here are a few of them:
The Democrats’ cynical move to protect one of their own – Los Angeles Times
Democrats push a phony election ‘fix’ – San Francisco Chronicle
Reject legislation to stymie recall elections – Los Angeles Daily News
Democrats Embrace Banana-Republic Tactics – American Spectator
Democrats playing dirty to save Newman from recall – OC Register
In at least one interview Newman himself has supported the effort to delay his own recall, although he avoided directly voting for it. Newman’s abutment of this electoral abuse of power illustrates his rapid degeneration from virginal statesman to shrugging beneficiary of political treachery. If any of the public’s trust in Newman remained after his vote for the regressive gas tax, it’s all but gone now.
On the bright side, recall organizers have vowed to mount constitutional challenges that will attempt to restore California voters’ right to recall government officials.