DAVIS TO FACE RECALL
WaPo reports that
The announcement tonight by California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley that the recall election will be held in 60 to 80 days capped a remarkable political saga — and signals a major embarrassment for the Democrats and Davis, who was once considered a likely contender for the White House.
Just a few months ago, most political handicappers thought the recall effort had little chance of getting on the ballot, but the movement to remove Davis tapped into deep unhappiness among voters who have watched in shock and awe as the state stumbled through a self-made energy crisis and is now essentially broke and saddled with an unprecedented $38 billion budget shortfall.
Into this breach come Republicans such as film actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is seriously considering offering himself as a Davis successor.
California, already on the cutting edge for its embrace of voter initiatives, is making history again. Since the recall option was made law in 1911, there have been 31 failed attempts to get one on the ballot in California.
I’m still not thrilled with the do-over aspect of this process, but it should indeed be interesting.
Update (1258): Kevin Drum and I are on the same sheet of music for once!