Tuesday, February 9, 2021

How a New Governor Can Save the Golden State

The chances that California Governor Gavin Newsom will have to fight for his political life in a special recall election are nearing 100 percent. With signed recall petitions and donations pouring in faster than ever, proponents have already collected 1.4 million of the 1.8 million signatures they’ll need to turn in by March 17. This nonpartisan, grassroots movement against a corrupt governor and a corrupt ruling class offers encouragement to the rest of America. If a sitting governor can be forced to defend his record in a recall election in California—the biggest, bluest state in America—then there is no politician, anywhere, who is safe. And the tactics used offer precedent-setting examples others can follow.... With the right leadership, California can be transformed within a few short years. That is what this recall campaign provides the opportunity to do. Forcing Newsom to defend himself in a recall election is going to be a tremendous accomplishment, but it is less than half the battle. Offering a coherent alternative to what Newsom and the oligarchy he represents have done to Californians is the vital other half of this struggle.