As all meteorologists know and as we who had been paying attention to Isabel have been reminded, in the eye of a hurricane, everything is sunny, calm and bright. Those observing the storm from the outside, however, see the wind, rain and the looming destruction.
Have we Californians turned a blind eye to our state’s craziness so long that when a fiasco like the up-coming (?) gubernatorial recall twists into our midst we just shrug our shoulders and say “whatever?”
I had found myself doing that and I’ve had to shake myself awake.
Though I’m a Republican, I had decided that the recall wasn’t such a good idea. Too much feces would hit the fan, I thought. Call it a hunch. And as it turns out, it was an accurate one.
The turns of events in this out-of-control train, called a recall, has all the makings of an oft-rejected Hollywood script, appropriately enough. Consider its main cast of characters. These folks and their antics are enough to make the rest of the nation secede from the Golden State.
• The leftist incompetent governor, who, in response to being recalled, puts the entire country at risk by
allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses
• The inexperienced RINO candidate/world-renowned actor married into the most famous Democrat family
in American history
• The true Republican/chronic also-ran
• To the left of governor, the lieutenant governor, possibly with questionable racial attitudes
• And, in a special guest starring role, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals
As is appropriate to a second-rate drama, this one has improbable plot twists.
• The Lt. Governor reportedly hates the Governor and the feeling is mutual.
• The RINO, a naturalized American citizen, may have committed some visa violations before obtaining his citizenship.
• The Ninth Court (three-judge panel), postpones the recall vote, likely disenfranchising 40,000 voters*
who have already sent in their absentee ballots (shades of Florida 2000).** The panel claims that the
long-used punch card ballots, located mainly in majority black and latino communities, are suddenly too
difficult to use. Overheard in the Ninth’s chambers: “dang dem darkies is dumb!”
Even Showtime and HBO wouldn’t touch such a poorly crafted piece of work.
So what might this C movie's title be?
Scent of a Cluster-F***?
No, wait. I have the perfect title for this straight-to-video waste of celluloid.
UPDATE: Another even better title: Ninth Circuit of Hell
*Er, 400,000 voters; now close to 615,000, according to the Washington Post.
** Today, the Ninth’s eleven-judge panel voted to review the three-judge panel’s decision to postpone the recall.