Mr. Skelton regrets

“One thing should now be evident as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger packs up his office: It was a mistake to recall Gray Davis.

“Davis didn’t deserve it. He had just been reelected the year before. He would have been out of office in three years anyway.

“Schwarzenegger wasn’t an improvement except for, briefly, providing entertainment. He didn’t make the state’s money mess any better. In fact, it has gotten worse.

“It was not a citizen uprising that dumped Davis, a Democrat. The 2003 recall election was called because one ambitious Republican congressman, Darrell Issa of Vista, spent $1.7 million of his own money to collect the needed signatures.

“Issa wanted to run for governor himself. But he gave it up when Schwarzenegger leaped into the race. And the “action hero” movie star entered only after popular U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-San Francisco) made it clear she wasn’t going to run. The notion of recalling a sitting governor repulsed her.

“So there was a lot of drama — followed by years of disappointment.”
We should have kept Davis. Schwarzenegger couldn’t deliver what California needed, by George Skelton, Capitol Journal, December 28, 2010

So there was a lot of drama — followed by years of disappointment.

Yes, and the origin of the term Issa. As in Issa = sucker.

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