The California Governor recall breaks new ground in Republican tactics. Before this recall, Republicans depended on the public forgetting something that happened in the past. For example, when thinking about how to deal with President Bush’s lies we’re supposed to forget that the Republicans impeached President Clinton because “he lied.” We’re supposed to forget the impassioned speeches about violating the public trust, and the necessity that a President always be honest and truthful, etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum.
In these kind of situations, the Republicans depend on one thing protecting them from the public mind making an association between what was done then and what is done now — they depend on time separation to cause people to forget what happened when the shoe was on the other foot. And, obviously, they get away with it.
But now they are breaking new ground. Now they’re trying to recall Governor Davis, because the state has a large budget deficit, at the same time as Bush has caused massive, massive budget deficits. They are demonizing, vilifying and ridiculing Governor Davis AT THE SAME TIME as they are holding up Bush as a great leader.
To take this even further – Davis isn’t the one responsible for the deficits! Republicans are! Much of the situation was caused by energy companies — companies associated with the Bush administration and protected in their actions by Bush appointees — illegally manipulating energy markets. And the rest of the situation is cause by Bush’s handling of the economy, and state Republicans refusing to allow revenue to be raised.