Melanie Morgan- Contributor
radio host Melanie Morgan can be heard on San Francisco's
KSFO weekdays 5:00-9:00 AM. She is also fondly known as the
"Mother of the Recall." [go to Morgan index]
Lying Liars of the Left
Blame George Bush for California’s Recall (and why
that makes Californians Laugh)
[Melanie Morgan ] 09/09/03
As I toil
daily over a hot microphone—waiting
anxiously for California to fall into the ocean---I wonder how
political pundit in America got our recall effort wrong.
“Too much direct democracy,” they
media were outright hostile. Newsweek’s Howard
Fineman and Karen Breslau cover story blasted “So this
is California: in thrall, at least for the moment to an earnest
crank and in the grip of what can only be described as a civic
Even my esteemed colleagues on the right thought
Californians should suck it up and live with the failed leadership
Gray Davis. After all, a weakened Gray Davis, they claimed,
makes George Bush look good going into the 2003-04 election cycle.
Some, like George Will, went further:
“Truly conservative Californians—you
few know who you are---will vote against the recall to protest
But what really annoys those of us who support limited
government, smaller taxes and fiscal responsibility is that
the newly recruited
left-wing supporters of Gray Davis keep repeating the mantra
that George W. Bush is behind the recall.
chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has charged
that the White
House is secretly behind the California
recall movement, adding, “The national Republican strategy
of stealing elections through lawyers, loopholes and lies will
backfire.” The caterwauling continued with actor Martin
Sheen who said on an entertainment TV show that “the California
recall is an effort to grab the state for the Republicans. Frankly,
I suspect this came out of the White House.”
a template that many pundits fell for—hook,
line and sound-bite—but they couldn’t be further
from the truth.
As an insider
from the start, it has been laughable how often, and in how
many ways, the political gurus at President
political operation stiff-armed California conservatives.
Kaloogian, Chairman of the Recall Gray Davis Committee and long-time
conservative activist, reports that several phone
calls to the White House resulted in mocking conversations.
“Not interested,” said the political types. “Let
Davis slowly twist in the wind. It’ll make our job easier
mind that the February state GOP convention unanimously endorsed
the recall. Forget about those of us in the grass-roots
who collected 500,000 signatures BEFORE Congressman Darrell
Issa grabbed his checkbook because he correctly surmised that
recall would actually work.
Steel, Co-Founder of the Recall movement—the embattled
state chair would not cower to the moderates in the party. Instead,
he appeared on our radio program and accomplished what few others
Quite simply, he turned the Democrat machinery
monopoly upside-down...something that would make the moderates
nervous, envious and impotent.
Note: When Steel and his activist wife Michelle Park Steel
raised more campaign cash for George Bush than Gerald Parsky,
money-man Bush favors, they were quickly added to the special
invitation list at the ranch in Crawford. As the Republican
establishment clique ate bar-b-cue and mingled with others, the
operatives laconically refused help to Steel.
Republicans ignore reality, there’s only
one way to play the game---purely on our terms. It’s called
Talk Radio, the Internet, and grass-roots activism.
Are you listening
Chris Matthews? How about you Bill Press? The entire chattering
class of inside beltway boys (and girls) like
George Will missed the biggest political story of the year, and
it was right under their noses the entire time. All you had to
do was turn on the radio. Or surf the net. Or heaven forbid—talk
to real Californians!
As for Karl
Rove and others inside the West Wing –they
still don’t understand that by changing the political paradigm
with a recall effort, the White House will benefit by extension.
The populist uprising has resulted in a significant uptick of
Republican voter registrations.
here: every story
about the recall reduces the number of stories being written
about Bush-hating Democrats.
And that means less coverage of the nine democratic Presidential
candidates who are having a very tough time raising money inside
California, where campaign bucks are flowing toward pro-and-anti-recall
The simple fact of the matter is that by arguing ideas
and comparing records in a perfectly legitimate constitutional
state and every other will benefit from the discourse in the
I got it in January. Two million petition signing
Californians understood by July. On October 7th, so will the
rest of the country.
2003 Melanie Morgan