Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Let The Games Begin...Again...

From today's New York Times:

A lot of us feel the political system here in California is a dysfunctional system," said Jaime A. Regalado, executive director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University in Los Angeles. "Despite the 135 candidates and the certain circus nature of it, something serious is happening here."

The partisan poison of the recall permeated its very formation. Democrats argued that the movement would never have gone beyond the wishful thinking of a small group of Republican consultants and antitax crusaders had a millionaire Republican, Representative Darrell Issa of San Diego, not provided a huge infusion of money to hire professional signature gatherers.

Representative Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California, said over the weekend that some members of her party already plan to mimic Mr. Issa's formula.

"I know people who have money who say that is what they would do," Ms. Lofgren said. "I don't think there is any way to stop it."

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