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  • Philosophy aside, what has happened here is that once again, a handful of extremely wealthy Republicans have made us a laughingstock to the rest of the world. We have Gary Coleman on the ballot to lead the fifth largest economy in the world.

    And what's funny is that if the vote were held today, Arnold would win and he has no more experience than Gary.

    • The people of California decided they wanted it to work this way. You call it a circus, which it may be, but it is, in fact, what the people of California chose when they created the recall, and when they used it in the past. Calling it a circus and saying it makes us look like a laughingstock -- whether true or not -- are completely irrelevant and uninteresting assertions to me.

      Saying it is a "handful of extremely wealthy Republicans" ... it seems like you are trying to paint it as some fringe element c
      • The people of California decided they wanted it to work this way. You call it a circus, which it may be, but it is, in fact, what the people of California chose when they created the recall, and when they used it in the past.

        Actually quite a lot of people are calling it a circus not just Jamie. Yesterday's Arizona Republic Headline "Hurry, step right up! It's California's circus'. The fact that California wanted it this way is completely irrelevant and doesn't mean that people shouldn't comment on how
        • by pudge (1) on 2003.08.11 9:49 (#22985) Homepage Journal
          Actually quite a lot of people are calling it a circus not just Jamie.

          I never contended or implied otherwise.

          Yesterday's Arizona Republic Headline "Hurry, step right up! It's California's circus'. The fact that California wanted it this way is completely irrelevant

          Irrelevant to what? Whether it is a circus? I already said this, that it may be a circus, but that whether it is a circus is unimportant to the reality of the situation.

          and doesn't mean that people shouldn't comment on how ridiculous the whole thing is turning out.

          I think if you aren't in California, then it's none of your business. This is how they want it. Why should anyone else care? I don't understand. People are far too interested in other people's business.

          Yes but didn't Darrell Issa put up 2 million of his own money to get the recall ball rolling? I wonder if there would have actually been a recall without his money?

          Maybe not ... so what? I fail to see how this is important in any way.

          So we can't comment on things we don't agree with?

          I never said you couldn't. What I am saying is that I don't see why you should even CARE. It has nothing whatever to do with you. It is not illegal, it is not unfair, it is not undemocratic. It is the will of the people of California, where you don't live.
          But hey, if you want to do something so unproductive as to complain about how the people of the state of California choose to select their leaders -- when that method is absolutely legal and Constitutional -- go ahead. It just seems so utterly pointless. It's not like the people of California care what outsiders think; it's not like they need the help of outsiders in changing things; it's not like what you say or think will have any effect on the situation whatsoever.

          I just think that if you are going to have opinions on things, it should be about things that you have some actual interest in: maybe it affects you; maybe you can effect change; maybe it is giving voice to people who have none. Do as you wish, but I generally prefer to not have opinions about the internal issues of other peoples, where there are no legal or moral issues at stake.