As I write this, tomorrow is the big Recall Election in Wisconsin, and frankly, there’s only one thing that I don’t “get” about it.
Before Arnold Schwarzenegger became Governor of California, I’d never really heard of a recall election. I understand the mechanics and all that, but what the Hell ever happened to just riding out the term of a s*** jockey that managed to get in office?
If Recall Elections were always a choice, why do any of us bother waiting until the next election cycle for squat? Someone does something we don’t like, just recall them, and spend all that money on another election that was created just for the sake of having an election instead of waiting for the election.
It’s one of those technicality things, and it’s just a gross abuse of a rule. If you really dislike the person in office, and they really are doing things you don’t like, then don’t vote for them next time and do whatever you want to try to convince other people not to vote for them.
That’s supposed to be how it works, right? And targeting a governor, when it’s the legislature that passes the freaking laws, is just a piece of the puzzle anyway.
Recall elections just stink to high heaven of “sour grapes.” It seems to me that the basis of the tactic is, if you don’t like the result of an election, just force new ones over and over until people get tired of voting and/or you catch them off-guard.
And then the next step is probably court challenges to the vote, right? I mean, unless Scott Walker wins by a 99/1 margin, some jackass is going to cry foul play, take the vote to court and hold up the ratification of it until they can “find” a bunch of ballots that decide the election in their favor.