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California, You Blew It Again

Not only did California Gov. Gavin Newsom survive the recall election, the vote margin was tilted so far in his favor by Wednesday morning that he’s likely to see the results as a mandate to issue another round of harsh pandemic rules. What is certain is that he will consider it a signal to press the Blue State agenda that’s made California a miserable experience for so many.

Recalling a Democratic governor in a state where roughly twice as many Democrats are registered to vote as Republicans was always going to be a nearly impossible task. At one time, polls indicated Newsom could be ousted. It appeared a chance to climb out of the wreckage had arrived. But in the final poll that matters, voters changed the narrative. On the morning after, results were showing 64% said no to the recall, only 36% said yes.

It wouldn’t be loco to think that Newsom is now going to seek revenge on those who voted to remove him. A likely place to start is to put California back under a tight and unforgiving pandemic lockdown regime even though it had never fully escaped Newsom’s iron fist over the summer. If not for the heat he felt from the recall polls, the life-has-been-handed-to-him governor would have surely reinstated the freedom-robbing policies he had ordered in 2020 after the Delta variant arrived in June.

There are exceptions, of course, but generally speaking, Newsom’s constituents are supportive of lockdowns, mask mandates, and government-required coronavirus vaccinations, while those who voted to rid themselves of this meddlesome prince of privilege were hungry for the liberties he’d so cruelly taken. Now he’s free to punish those who dared challenge him, and will do so with the gushing approval of the affluent progressives of California who are his most ardent supporters.

The recall effort began before the pandemic, but Newsom’s rules – and high-profile hypocrisy – fueled it. The governor himself wildly and irresponsibly said the recall election was ”​​a matter of life and death.” He was primarily referring to the possible election of radio talk show host Larry Elder, the runaway leader as the choice to replace Newsom in the event a majority chose yes on the recall question.

Elder represented the shrinking number of Californians who know, not just believe, that freedom is important. After years of a persistent pummeling of their rights by government, they were quickly drawn to support a candidate who said if he was elected, he would repeal “right away” any “facemask mandates and vaccine mandates,” should they remain.

“Then I’ll break for breakfast,” he added.

Newsom’s “reelection” also ensures that California will continue to be hostile to businesses, break the middle class’ back with taxes, and waste precious time and resources imagining that it can impact the climate. Fire, drought, and blackouts will be allowed to ruin a once-golden state, housing and just plain daily living will grow ever more costly, and the homelessness problem will remain unresolved.

Under another year of Newsom, and probably four more after that, the well-documented flight of companies and residents will accelerate, leaving California with an hour-glass economy made up of the extremely rich and the desperate poor, the latter forever serving the former. Apparently that’s exactly the sort of society Democrats inside and out of California want.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • I posted, on here, several days ago that he would survive. The democrat/communist fraud machinery is firmly in place. There were many many reports yesterday of Republicans showing up to vote only to be told that they had already voted. Absolutely predictable.

  • For rural Californians this is yet another disaster. Unfortunately they are left with only tough choices: try to secede and form another state (unlikely), move, or start living like doomsday preppers and making sure they can generate their own power, have their own water, and a supply of food to last for a long time. Gov. Gruesome and his Democrats will see this as a resounding mandate approving their disastrous policies. They will rush to add more and accelerate the train that is rapidly headed for an apocalyptic wreck. For leftist Californians, all 64% of them, this is the government they deserve. They think it will be a leftist utopia until they discover all of a sudden that it’s a nightmare. Then they’ll blame it on Republicans.

  • I moved to Idaho in May after living all my 63 years in California. Our 4 kids preceded us, as they did not see CA providing them the opportunities we were able to provide to them growing up. Unfortunately CA’s bad ideas (and its wildfire smoke) tend to propagate to the east. So this is bad for the entire nation.

    • I don’t know if I believe they cheated. California (my home state) is that twisted. Of course the fact that they sent mail-in out like crazy is surely why he won. In a traditional election, he would have lost, because dimocraps are, by and large too lazy to go to a polling place.

  • This is THEE example of One Party / Popular Vote Rule. The urban centers run things and the rest of the people either vote with your feet or shut up, do what you are told, and pay your taxes. Now I hope everyone is getting a glimpse of why Democrats what to destroy the Electoral College and get the Popular Vote. So they can bring the People’s Socialist Republic of California to the rest of the U.S.

  • It was a foregone conclusion that King Gavin would survive the recall. There is no doubt the Dems rolled out the fraud troops to secure “victory.” When you have Republicans showing up at the polls only to be told they already voted (for you know who) that’s a strong indication the fix was in. But nobody gets out the illegal alien and dead vote like Democrats.

    True the exodus from the former Golden State will continue…but hey Californian’s leaving for places like Arizona, Texas, Florida…don’t Californicate you new state by voting for the same thing that made you leave California.

    • I remember reading some time back that there was a concerted move by the Soros gang to actually pay people to move to red states. Supposedly there were guaranteed jobs, housing, etc. Don’t know if that was true or not but I do know that the influx of communists into Virginia that reached a peak during the Obama reign of terror totally destroyed freedom in the state. I seem to see it happening in Texas and other places.

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