October 8, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Sore Losers

The circus is leaving town, but it left a huge mess in its wake.

Democrats have been wailing about the recall election ever since the recall petition got enough signatures to get off the ground. They had the temerity to accuse the Republican Party of trying to "steal" the office of governor, mischaracterizing what was a completely democratic process. They clamored that the recall process was bad for California, when in fact the whole rationale behind it was a widespread conviction that Gray Davis was bad for California. They pulled out all the stops during the campaign, dragging frontrunner Schwarzenegger through as much mud as they could generate. Like most Californians, I was quite sick of it long before yesterday. I breathed a sigh of relief as I cast my vote last night, knowing the end was near. But I was wrong.

I know today that Democrats were just getting warmed up. If they were shrill before, they're becoming positively venomous now. In what seems to be par for the course in politics these days, Democrats cannot lose graciously. They can't give up the fight when they know they've been beaten fair and square. Already, some of them vow to recall Schwarzenegger. Today, Nancy Pelosi called yesterday's election a "sad, sad day" for California and for the country. Perhaps she didn't notice that nearly two-thirds of Californians favored removing Davis from office.

It's the party of sore losers. They wailed about the 2000 presidential election because Al Gore won the popular election, while George W. Bush won the electoral college. They didn't understand the electoral system, which our country's founders brilliantly designed to prevent the large urban centers from controlling the results of national elections. They felt that, since Gore got the most votes, he should have become president. Now, however, they protest California's recall election, even though it was a process fully exercised by the will of the people, with the majority of voters choosing to oust Davis and elect Schwarzenegger. They want to have their cake and eat it too.

And the campaign rhetoric continues, though the election has ended. During the past two months, much was made of Schwarzenegger's (and other candidates') promise to rescind the tripling of the car tax, the illegal alien drivers license bill and other unpopular Davisisms. However, none of the major media outlets commented on the fact that these bills had become law, and therefore couldn't be overturned simply by executive order. You had to really dig deep and do your research to find out about this heretofore little-known hole in the campaign promises.

It was no coincidence, in my mind, that this wrinkle hit the front pages and the airwaves yesterday—the day of the election—and has now become a major issue. As I interpret it, the media knew about it, but also correctly surmised that Schwarzenegger would be a shoe-in candidate. They therefore strategically sat on the conflict inherent in the campaign promises until people had already voted. Had this come out previously, it may have slightly impacted Schwarzenegger's chances, but the outcome would have been the same. However, by being withheld till after the election, the news became much more scandalous and potentially damaging to Schwarzenegger. In other words, instead of causing candidate Schwarzenegger to lose some votes, the revelation makes governor-elect Schwarzenegger look like a man full of empty promises. Maybe I'm a conspiracy theorist, but that's how I read it.

In short, Democrats are to blame for the cynicism and discontent felt by a large percentage of Americans toward the political process. Their behavior over the last few months—and particularly over the past few days—proves this. Theirs is the party of divisiveness. The party of social tyranny. The party of sore losers. I've about had my fill, but I hope they keep it up. The American people are mad as hell, and they're not going to take much more.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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10/30: Good GDP, Still No Jobs
10/29: Disaster
10/27: Ash Monday
10/26: En Fuego
10/25: Diving in the Desert
10/24: Dead Car Canyon
10/23: Reflections
10/21: Le Métro
10/20: Pain
10/17: Jury Duty
10/15: Labor Pains
10/14: The Business of Losing
10/13: Owls and Jobs
10/12: Hooked
10/11: The "S" in SUV
10/9: Flee the City
10/8: Sore Losers
10/5: Turkeys
10/4: It's Not the Economy, Stupid
10/2: Focus
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