Now, it's odd that the L.A. times poll shows an 8% drop in support for the recall within 4 days, but if you read further, Bustamante now has a 13 point lead. Bustamante is worse than Davis, and it looks like the California GOP is going to shoot itself in the foot again.
Bustamante has said absolutely nothing about changing the disastrous workman's comp situation in California. His "plan" didn't even mention it. His plan seems to be to raise taxes on "the wealthy" (anyone who owns an alarm clock). 11 percent of California taxpayers – those earning more than $100,000 per year – pay 80 percent of the state's income tax, while the top 5 percent pay nearly 70 percent of income taxes, and just 330,000 "high-income" taxpayers – the top 2 percent – shoulder about 50 percent of the state's income taxes. This system is far more progressive than the national scale, and with the so-called wealthy leaving the state in droves, there will be no revenue to throw into vital programs, let alone absurd ones, in a couple years.
California over the last few years has been a petri dish for extreme left policices. Paid Family and Medical Leave, public employees making as much as doctors, 90% garaunteed pensions after age 50...and it looks like the insanity will continue.
I'd take any LA Times poll with a grain of salt, as they are an instrument of the Democratic Party (much as Democrats would take something from a Republican paper with suspicion). Until other polls show the recall getting close, I'd take this poll as a statistical anomoly or an agenda driven agent.
Ok, so Ted Williams is decapitated now? What will his son do next, sell him to the Japanese dog food company that bought former Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand?
So far, the pols have swung wildly back in forth. The bitch is that a poll in a situation like this is bound to be flawed by the dynamics of the election. With a standard 800-1200 sample size, you can do a poll 25 times and get 25 wildly different sets of results because, for example, a "Conservative Republican" as coded in a sample set would proably be choosing between a true Conservative(i.e. McClintock) or Arnold. And that doesn't count the Democrats so fed up with Davis that they'd jump to Bustamante.
The polls will continue to fluxuate and, frankly, it won't be until election day when the dust settles.
"Each time I've met Huffington, I wondered if she was not somehow the long-lost daughter of Madame Nicolai Ceaucescu, or a genetic cross between Martha Stewart and Count Dracula. Had this Greek-born harpy lived in medieval times, she would have been sewn up in a bag with a rooster and two snakes and thrown into the nearest river." -- Eric Margolis, Toronto Star
Gephardt simply shouldn't be running. He's barely a name in his own state despite two separate presidential campaigns and being a prominant Congressman for nearly two decades, which says something about his personal charisma. That having been said: