Politics California Takes Privileged Newsom Over Extremist Elder
California recall election: Will the state keep or remove Gov. Gavin Newsom? Results could take time.
Tuesday is decision day in California and voters in the Golden State will decide whether they will keep Gov. Gavin Newsom or remove him from office.It's been a winding path to get here, but polls show the Democrat is likely to keep his job leading a state that is known nationally as a liberal trendsetter.
SAN DIEGO—California Republicans, and the leading Republican challenger in Tuesday’s gubernatorial recall election,, showed the country a neat trick. One can be a sore loser .
No point in waiting until the last minute, I guess.
The Elder campaign and the GOP started claiming that the gubernatorial recall election had been stolen and the whole process was rigged on Monday, one day ahead of the polls actually opening.
One accusation was that the estimated 8 million mail-in ballots turned in to election officials before Election Day were rife for fraud.
How Larry Elder has helped Gavin Newsom in California's recall election
Earlier this year, when California Gov. Gavin Newsom was searching for the right message to convince disengaged Democrats to vote against the effort to oust him in Tuesday's recall election, it would have been impossible to imagine a more perfect foil than conservative talk radio host Larry Elder. © Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP California Gov. Gavin Newsom is photographed during a TV interview before a rally against the California gubernatorial recall election on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Sun Valley, California.
No evidence of malfeasance was presented. But the accusation was out there as millions more California voters went to the polls on Tuesday.
With 65 percent of the vote counted, 66.4 percent of Californians voted “no” on the recall. Only 33.6 percent voted “yes.”
Gov. Gavin Newsom gets to remain governor.
The Republicans were half right, which is 50 percent more than they tend to be correct about most things in my home state. The recall election was rigged. But not because of mail-in votes, or stuffed ballot boxes, or Election Day shenanigans.
The contest was rigged by the media. And the rigging began shortly after Elder entered the race.
That’s when media executives, newspaper editorial boards, TV assignment editors and front-line reporters started waking up to the possibility that Newsom could lose in an election that many Californians didn’t take seriously at first.
Allegations fly as recall vote looms for California’s Newsom
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a blitz of TV ads and a last-minute rally, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom urged voters Sunday to turn back a looming recall vote that could remove him from office, while leading Republican Larry Elder broadly criticized the media for what he described as double standards that insulated Newsom from criticism and scrutiny throughout the contest. The sunny, late-summer weekend was a swirl of political activity, as candidates held rallies, continued bus tours and cluttered the TV airwaves with advertising offering their closing arguments in advance of the election that concludes Tuesday.
Once Elder declared his candidacy in July, the media meddlers decided that it was up to them to save the state. After all, someone had to beat back the scary and defiant Black conservative with the controversial and extreme views on everything from abortion to immigration to how best to combat COVID-19, and the media stepped up and took on the task themselves.
Not that Elder didn’t give his critics plenty to work with. In nearly 30 years of doing talk radio, the host had uttered hours’ worth of comments that were unkind, unsound, untrue, and uncouth. All the media had to do was dig them up. The same comments that helped him get attention kept him from getting elected.
That’s what most people really mean when they yell “foul.” When Republicans say the election was fixed, I would imagine that most of them are not talking about outright thievery. California isn’t Venezuela.
What Republicans, and other critics of Newsom, are angry about is that the media—largely in California, and to a lesser degree nationally—went out of their way to give Newsom a helping hand so he could keep his job.
Democrats hit out at California Governor candidate Larry Elder
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder was criticized Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom supporters over his views on racism in America, calling him 'a black face on white supremacy.'Professor Melina Abdullah's comments came in response to Elder's recent interview on The Candace Owens Show, where he argued in favor of reparations for slave owners who had their 'legal property' taken away following the Civil War.
The liberal, pro-Democratic media wasn’t watching from the bleachers. They were on the field. They put on a headset, and started calling plays.
The pile on effect was embarrassing. Los Angeles Times columnist Erika D. Smith, who is African-American,Her colleague, Times columnist Frank Shyong—who is Asian— that lets white people off the hook for centuries of mistreating people of color.
As a syndicated columnist for 20 years, I’m quite familiar with the practice of throwing elbows. That part doesn’t bother me. What does bother me is that, while journalism is by its nature about simplifying the complicated, it shouldn’t result in oversimplifying the complex.
I would like to have seen more criticism of Newsom, for instance. Not to mention some acknowledgement that—when a Democratic governor of a dark blue state who won election less than three years ago by a 2-to-1 margin is facing a recall—something is amiss.
And honesty is always a good thing, too. CNN totally bungled the story about what Elder said a few weeks ago concerning vaccines and children. The network reported, and tweeted, that Elder had said children could not get COVID-19. What he had actually said was that it was rare that children get the virus, and that, when they do, the cases tend to be mild.
How the recall election against California Gavin Newsom will work
The election will be just the second recall election for governor in state history. The other took place in 2003 when Democratic Governor Gray Davis was recalled and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor. Here's what you need to know about the recall. How did we get here?In February 2020, a group called the California Patriot Coalition began circulating a petition to recall Newsom, citing his administration's policies on immigration, homelessness, the state's drought emergency and taxes. Newsom had faced five previous recall attempts, but such petitions require 1.
On election night, CNN anchor Jake Tapper repeated the lie, telling a panel of pundits that Elder was “someone who has voiced opposition to kids getting vaccinated.” Again, not true.
Still in spite of all that, it was dreadfully unappealing to hear Republicans whine for months about how they were victims of an unfair media and, eventually, victimized by a rigged election.
After all, consider the source. In California, and around the country, the GOP is the political party that has long told people of color not to play the victim or complain about mistreatment. Now Republicans were doing that very thing.
Meanwhile, in California, it’s Latinos who are most victimized—and by both political parties. Scapegoated and demagogued by Republicans but ignored and taken for granted by Democrats, Latinos are 42 percent of the population but still invisible in terms of amassing political power.
Ten days ago, the storyline was that Latinos were going to abandon Newsom by not showing up for a rich white male embodiment of privilege that has rarely shown up for them. But that story changed in the closing days, and Latinos did a 180-degree turn. They went from ousting Newsom to saving him.
According to a CNN exit poll, 25 percent of voters in the recall were Latino. And it’s a good bet that more than two-thirds of them voted “no” and helped keep the governor in office.
Larry Elder Hints at Political Future, Propelled by California Recall Momentum
In conceding defeat, Elder described himself as a "former radio host"—suggesting his first foray into politics might not be his last.Speaking early in the night to a crowd of his supporters, when it was clear Newsom had defeated the attempted recall convincingly, Elder hinted at his aspirations.
Meanwhile, if Newsom’s smartest move was zeroing in on Elder, then Elder’s biggest mistake was not taking seriously enough just how much Latinos hate Republicans for constantly making them the party’s piñata.
Every time the conservative talked about eliminating birthright citizenship for U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants, or denying education and hospital care to the undocumented, or requiring that local police hand over to federal immigration agents undocumented motorists, it sent a clear and ugly message to Latinos: This state is not your state.
On Election Day, Latinos sent an even louder message back to the California Republican Party. One full of expletives.
Elder was always the one person who could beat Newsom but also the one person who could save Newsom’s job.
At first, Newsom tried to make former President Donald Trump his foil. In March, just two months after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the California governor appeared on ABC’s The View. His message was clear: Trump supporters in California were going to try to stage a similar revolt in the Golden State. But voters didn’t bite, because Trump is so yesterday.
Around May, the argument became: “Stop the Republican Recall.” But the trouble with this approach was that, like New York Republicans, most California Republicans are weak and neutered. They don’t breathe fire. They sip chardonnay and complain about how expensive their kids’ private school has become. Again, not enough voters got riled up.
The Newsom campaign needed a bogeyman. Elder delivered. The Black conservative instantly became the symbol of extremism. He represented all those ruffians who color outside the lines and preach the importance of following the rules before they break them. These are the folks who—on guns, or abortion, or masks, or vaccines—push the envelope so far beyond the boundaries of the mainstream that they fall clear off the map.
In the end, Newsom won the right to keep doing his job, however imperfectly he’s been doing it for the last two and a half years.
“We may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war,” Elder told supporters as he conceded defeat Tuesday night.
In Newsom’s remarks on election night, once victory was in hand, he claimed he was “humbled.”
As a lifelong Californian, I seriously doubt it. Our governor is way too arrogant to get his head around the concept of humility.
I doubt the Prince of Privilege learned much from this recall election except how to deflect from his failures and demonize the competition. Once that is done, you get to choose what you’re really running against.
In this election, Newsom saw to it that extremism was on the ballot. And extremism lost.
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