As far as the California recall election goes, I'm of two minds. That shouldn't be a surprise, since I'm of at least two minds regarding almost everything. I can be all four seasons in one day, if the day is long enough.
I'm not of two minds about the recall itself. I'm against it, and not because I think Gray Davis is a good governor. As a governor, I think he's a great fund raiser. That seems to be his primary asset, and it has served him well. Less than a year ago he was reelected, and now his poll numbers are on the negative side. He's such a lame duck that he should be plucked, stuffed, cooked and carved.
Nevertheless, I'm sickened by the whole recall process and I'll be voting against it. I don't believe it should be as easy to remove a legally elected state officer as it has been for these people so far. Yes, everything they've done is correct according to the state constitution. But that doesn't make it right. As chaotic as it is now in Sacramento, it will only get worse if a new administration has to take over in two months.
It's absolutely on principle that I'm voting no on the recall. I would do the same if the process had been used against a Republican, although it's hard to imagine anyone more despicable than the current governor, no matter what their political party. If Davis had committed crimes for which he could be impeached and convicted, I'd be happy to help remove him.
But I think the current signature-gathering process is more than a bit whimsical and entirely cynical. It's just too easy to get people to sign on to an idea as they're entering the supermarket. Do they think it through before they scribble their names on the petition? Obviously not. They're more invested in their grocery lists than the professional "volunteers" standing between them and the electric doors.